Blake Bortles, like many of his teammates, was emotional after losing on Sunday. But it wasn’t his emotion or his tone that stood out in his postgame comments. It was what he didn’t say — or rather what he, and the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t know.
Several times, Bortles ended his answers with unknowing exasperation.
When asked about the offense, he finished with “If I knew what we were doing wrong, we wouldn’t be doing it.” When asked a minute later another question about the running game, he said nearly the same thing: “If I knew [why the Jaguars are struggling to run the ball], we would be running for 200 yards a game.”
Blake Bortles doesn’t know. And that means one of two things: Either the coaches don’t know either and are therefore incapable of preparing this team to succeed, or they know and aren’t communicating that knowledge in a way that the team can understand it and use it to their success.
That absence of knowledge resulted in one rushing first down yesterday and just 11 on the season. (For reference, the San Diego Chargers had 10 rushing first downs in Week 2 alone.) They’re averaging 2.2 yards per carry by running backs, who have just one rush for more than 10 yards.
The players don’t know what they’re doing wrong and that’s one hundred percent on the coaches.