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Why did Jaguars OC Greg Olson stop running the ball?

After an opening drive that saw T.J. Yeldon gain 43 yards total, he had just nine touches. Why did Greg Olson quit running the ball against one of the league's worst run defenses?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars got off to a fast start against the San Diego Chargers. Their first two drives may have stalled in the red zone, but they gained 129 yards. Field goals were consolation prizes, but against one of the worst teams in the league led by a lame duck head coach, maybe it would be enough.

It wasn't.

The Chargers went up 7-6 on a first quarter touchdown and although there were a couple of lead changes after that, the Jaguars played from behind for the entire second half.

But why did they almost totally abandon the run so early? Sure, the 12-point deficit is a convenient reason to point to as to why the team put the game on Blake Bortles' shoulders. But the move away from the run began on the second drive of the game when the team was leading.

On the opening drive, Bortles had six passes and T.J. Yeldon had three runs. There were only two other drives the entire game where the ratio was 2:1 in terms of Bortles' throws and running back runs and both were three-and-outs.

Here's a breakdown of each drive along with what the score was as the drive was happening -- not the score that was the outcome of the drive itself.

Drive #2: Jaguars - 3, Chargers - 0
Five passes, two runs

Drive #3: Jaguars - 6, Chargers - 0
Two passes, one run

Drive #4: Jaguars - 6, Chargers - 7
Five passes, two runs

Drive #5: Jaguars - 6, Chargers - 7
Four passes, one run

Drive #6: Jaguars - 9, Chargers - 14
Three passes, zero runs

Drive #7: Jaguars - 9, Chargers - 21
Two passes, zero runs

Drive #8: Jaguars - 9, Chargers - 21
Five passes, one run

Drive #9: Jaguars - 12, Chargers - 21
Two passes, one run

Drive #10: Jaguars - 12, Chargers - 24
Nine passes, three runs

Drive #11: Jaguars - 19, Chargers - 31
11 passes, zero runs

Drive #12: Jaguars - 19, Chargers - 31
Two passes, zero runs

There are some pretty damning observations when you look at this breakdown.

First, the Jaguars had just one drive all game (the opening drive) where running backs ran the ball more than twice. Marqise Lee was the third running play on Drive #10. Against one of the worst run defenses in the league, that is unacceptable.

Second, the Jaguars were leading with possession on two drives -- Drives #2 and #3 -- yet they only ran the ball on three of 10 snaps.

Third, when the Jaguars were up 3-0 for Drive #2, they had a second down where they only needed a yard. They went deep to Allen Robinson. That's a fine play call. But then on a pivotal third-and-1, they rolled out and tried to throw to Tyson Alualu? The Chargers hadn't stuffed a single running play for less than a yard up to that point. Why choose a gadget play to your defensive tackle over Yeldon between the tackles?

Lastly, I get that the offensive line is bad, but both T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson ripped off huge plays at different points in the game. Yeldon had catches of 14 and 20 yards early in the game. He had a 21-yard run in the second quarter. Robinson had a 19-yard gain around the right end right before the third quarter. The Jaguars offensive line is bad. The Chargers defense is worse.

Again, I know the offensive line is bad. I know that Yeldon has to do a lot of the work himself just to get back to the line of scrimmage, much less positive yards.

But when your rookie running back has 43 yards on the opening drive alone and then you give him just nine touches for the rest of the game, I get confused.