Perhaps that's a different discussion.
It's only fair to acknowledge the step taken by the Jaguars' young offensive core this season. The team walked away from their loss yesterday with two 1000-yard receivers and a 4000-yard passer. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have both caught over 10 touchdowns this year, while Bortles continues to add on to his already-shattered franchise regular season passing touchdown record.
Next weekend, Bortles has a very real chance at surpassing Mark Brunell's franchise single-season passing yards record (4,367) and extending his touchdown number to near 40 touchdowns. The previous mark was 23.
Yesterday, the offense accomplished another feat that may just get buried beneath the rubble of another disappointing season. Allen Robinson caught a 90-yard touchdown pass -- the longest regular season play in franchise history and the longest scoring play in the NFL this season.
It all started with a holding call. Left guard Zane Beadles wiped out an explosive 20+ yard rushing attempt by Jonas Gray in the third quarter, placing the Jaguars at their own 10-yard line. Allen Robinson found himself matched up one-on-one with Saints cornerback Brandon Browner. Robinson was not only able to take advantage of the match-up -- he was able to take a perfectly thrown pass to the house.
The most noticeable part of the pre-play set-up is Robinson's pressing defender. Brandon Browner steps up, allowing Robinson an opportunity to beat him off the line. The Saints have a single high safety out of frame, but he'll eventually get sucked into the unfolding action on the other side of the field. These are the types of situations where offensive weapons come in handy, and there's no debating it -- the Jaguars have weapons.
At the snap, Robinson gets a great jump. Robinson is not normally advertised as a beat-you-off-the-line kind of guy, but his ability to do so is perhaps one of the Jaguars' best kept secrets.
As Browner begins to get beat, he snatches a small handful of Robinson's jersey. Robinson is quickly able to offset the hold, allowing the ref to keep his yellow hanky in his pocket. It's a good no-call.
This is as close to a "push-off" as Robinson deploys in his route. Robinson does extend his arm and he does create separation, but the video quickly reveals the extension as harmless hand fighting. Again, a good no-call.
Robinson catches a perfectly placed lob by Blake Bortles in stride.
Then, using his breakaway speed -- another trait not normally associated with Allen Robinson -- Robinson runs away from his defender. Robinson takes the ball 90 yards for six points.
It's a sequence that instantly reminds me of -- dare I say -- Jimmy Smith's days of downfield dominance.
Here's the route in video form:
Good no call, btw. Browner held but A-Rob was able to offset it. https://t.co/5DFYqngWBC— Cole Hartley (@ColeFartley) December 28, 2015