The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the bottom third of the NFL when it comes to how they give Blake Bortles a chance to succeed, according to Greg A. Bedard over at Sports Illustrated.
Bedard ranked each team’s situation based on the offensive line’s pass protection, run game, weapons on offense, coaching, and defense. And (not surprisingly) it’s the run game and coaching that drags the team down.
22. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (19.0 SITUATION AVERAGE)
PASS PRO: 11; RUN GAME: 32; WEAPONS: 13; COACHING: 27; DEFENSE: 12
The offensive line has a lot of issues blocking for the run (and the backs aren’t great either), but the unit does a pretty good job with pass blocking, which makes the struggles even more puzzling considering the weapons on hand. The Jaguars’ coaches made the mistake of putting too much on Blake Bortles’s plate when he really needed to be managed.
QBR ranking: 28. MV-QB ranking: 27. There’s no question that Bortles needs a total reboot with a new coaching staff.
I can’t really fault Bedard for saying the Jaguars don’t do enough to surround Bortles with what he needs to win. The best player on offense is the slot receiver, the coaching staff couldn’t game manage their way out of a paper bag, and the run game is putrid.
That’s not to say Bortles doesn’t shoulder some of this blame. He’s been downright awful this year himself, but this is about measuring all the things around Bortles, not Bortles himself.
Read the full article here at SI.com.