The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their third game of the season to the Indianapolis Colts with a 16-13 overtime loss on the road. That puts the team at 1-3 through the first quarter of the season. Its the third year of the Jaguars rebuild and they've dealt with a lot of injuries, most notably to Marqise Lee, Julius Thomas and now Brandon Linder. The overall record is probably where most people had the team, worst case scenario, but where does the team really stand?
There are still glaring issues with this team through the first quarter of the season. The most glaring being the offenses struggles in putting points on the board. The team is currently averaging 15.5 points per game, which is the exact same they've averaged the first two seasons under Gus Bradley. There's a lot of blame to go around for that struggle, but the endzone seems to have a force field the team can't pass.
PPG: 2013: 15.4 2014: 15.6 2015: 15.5 PAPG: 2013: 28.1 2014: 25.8 2015: 26.8— Hater Alfie (@AlfieBCC) October 6, 2015
I think Blake Bortles has showed a lot of improvement, but there's still areas he really needs to improve. The offense as a whole seems to go completely stagnant in the second half of the game. One of the biggest complaints is the lack of halftime adjustments, but in reality that's a fugazi complaint. The big issue is lack of in-game adjustments. The reality is at halftime, you're not going to change the complete game plan you have. There's not enough time to really do anything. What you can do though, during the game, is make adjustments to what the other team is doing and it seems like the Jaguars can't do that effectively.
The talent is clearly better on this team, overall, and they're showing improvement everywhere but the win column. Read into that what you want, but I think most would agree the talent on this team is a lot better than in 2013, with or without the injuries.
As mentioned, the same problems that have plagued this team during the first two years are still showing up through the first four games. The team can't score, specifically in the second half. The team finds ways to shoot themselves in the foot, constantly. The team follows up a blowout loss to a baffling loss against a team they should have comfortably beat.
They're 1-3 at the quarter pole with 12 games remaining. I said the New England Patriots loss didn't change my outlook on the season, but the loss to the Matt Hasslebeck led Colts sure as hell did. I'm in full "prove it" mode.