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Observations from the Jaguars Week 12 loss to the Chargers

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Observations and musings from the Jags week 12 loss.

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1) Party over.

In the big picture, this loss doesn't bother me much. The team is what it is and you just have to hope some serious change comes in the off-season, namely to the defensive side of the ball. But this loss does suck out a lot of the good feelings of recent weeks and gives the rest of the 2015 season a different purpose. Stranger things have happened, but at this point it appears the Jaguars time of playing meaningful football games in 2015 is over.

2) Defense needs a lot of turnover going into 2016.

Just looking ahead, here are some of the players that NEED to be replaced for this Defense to take the next step going into next season.

Andre Branch

Chris Clemons

Dwayne Gratz

Josh Evans

Demetrius McCray.

Branch and Clemons are the worst DE duo in the NFL, and there isn't much arguing that anymore. The Jaguars need to make a major improvement in this area, and I think Vinny Curry/Oliver Vernon are 2 possible solutions. They were up against BACKUP OL and still got dominated. Gratz is simply the worst DB on the team. McCray has regressed and it is hard to argue for him to keep a spot on the 53 next year. Evans is an OK backup, but he simply is not an NFL starter.

3) Julius back?

On the bright side, this was the first game Julius Thomas really looked like the big money FA TE we thought we were getting. He dropped 1 first down, but other than that he played great. He looked athletic, ran good routes, and made a terrific catch on the Jaguars first touchdown. He needs to continue this trend and finish the season strong.

4) Blake played fine, but it is the little plays.

I personally thought Blake played OK. He started off hot and faltered a bit as game went on, but for the 2nd week in a row I think the criticism is a bit much. On the downside, he threw an INT for the 7th game in a row and was both ineffective and unaware in the end-zone. This year was about developing Bortles' strengths and seeing his peaks, but next year has to be about getting rid of these mistakes and hitting the small plays.

5) Run game is stagnant, but I don't think it is lack of Yeldon usage.

Yeldon needs to get the ball more. A lot more. Do not think anyone will nor should argue that. But I also don't think continuing to give him looks that only net 1-2 yards is really a beneficial solution. The Jaguars have been really bad at running the ball from the shotgun this year, especially compared to how they run when its from under center, yet they keep doing it. I think the run game not only needs more Yeldon, but it needs more runs from under center.

Weekly superlatives

Offensive Player of the Week: Julius Thomas

The most productive TE in the NFL on this particular Sunday. The Julius we have been hoping for.

Defensive Player of the Week: Poz.

Nobody on Defense really stood out much, but Poz was a hammer vs the run.

Best Play: Julius TD on 4th down.

Clutch throw and clutch catch when the team needed a huge play. Too bad it went to waste.

Rookie of the Week: A.J. Cann

His best game of the year. Dominated in pass protection and made several key run blocks.

Hanxed It Award: Redzone Offense

Do not really have any words for this unit that hasn't already been said. They need to figure it out.

Stat of the week: Andre Branch and Chris Clemons combined for 3 offsides penalties and 1 tackle.

What a time to be alive, indeed.