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Big Cat Country Q&A: Can the Jaguars run game carry Blake Bortles?

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Same old Jags.

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Let’s answer some questions ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ matchup against the Baltimore Ravens!

Auston from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Will the offensive line bounce back from last week’s performance?

A: I don’t think the offensive line played all that poorly in Week 2, therefore not really needing a “bounce back” game. They gave up two sacks and a couple of pressures. The run game didn’t get going not because the offensive line didn’t do their job, but because Jaguars running backs were facing eight- and nine-man fronts and had no answer for it. If Blake Bortles were even a mediocre NFL quarterback, he would have commanded respect and fewer defenders near the line of scrimmage. As it stands, opponents can stack the box knowing full well that our quarterback can’t do what he needs to do.

Micah from Chicago, IL

Q: Which Baltimore Ravens offensive player scares you the most?

A: Joe Flacco. He’s a shadow of what he once was, but he can still drive down the field. I think this week’s game will look much like how last week’s game looked — low-scoring affair in the first half with one team pulling away in the second half due to one team’s defense being on the field too much. If that’s the Jaguars defense and they’re as tired and deflated as they were last week, Flacco is going to have a lot of success.

Noah from Orlando, FL

Q: If Blake Bortles struggles in the passing game against the Baltimore Ravens, do you think the ground game will be enough to compensate and get the win?

A: No.

Trevor from Colorado Springs, CO

Q: Do you think when Blake Bortles gets benched they will play Ryan Nassib?

A: I think 1010XL’s Hays Carlyon nailed it shortly after Nassib was signed — he’s insurance for Bortles’ $19 million option money. If they want to bench Bortles at some point this year, they’ll also want to keep him inactive and off the field. That requires an additional quarterback. Chad Henne is the guy if and when Bortles is benched and if Nassib wasn’t here, we would have to use Marqise Lee as our emergency quarterback. The Jaguars are tanking, but not to the point of putting Lee under center.

Jeff from Midland, TX

Q: Do you believe we are a mixture of what we saw in Week 1 and Week 2 or are we as bad as what we saw in Week 2?

A: I think when the season is over and done with, we’ll look back on the Titans game as the worst offensive performance of the season. I don’t think it gets any worse than that this year. But the offense as a whole will be closer to that then they were to the efficiency they displayed in Week 1.

Scott from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Do you think the Jaguars will have Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory rotate almost every other play like last week?

A: God, I hope not.

Curious George from Richmond, VA

Q: With another embarrassing multi-interception game, does Blake Bortles ultimately get pulled?

A: If Bortles is as bad as he was last week against the Ravens, I think you’ll see Chad Henne getting reps with the starters in practice next week.

Caleb from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Do you think newly acquired Jaelen Strong will get the majority of red zone snaps in an effort to replace Allen Robinson?

A: The majority? No. I think the Jaguars have a specific plan for Strong, mostly thinking about matchups this season and what packages and situations he can succeed. I think you’ll see a correlation with how frequently Strong plays more with down-and-distance, in-game situation, or or to give other receivers a breather on the sideline.