The Jacksonville Jaguars put on a clinic against the New York Jets this past weekend, winning 31-12 and dominating in all three phases. There were a couple of mistakes — a T.J. Yeldon fumble, a silly interception late in the game, and two sacks allowed by the offensive line.
Who was responsible for both of those sacks? Let’s take a look.
Sack #1: 3rd & 11 at NYJ 13, 4:25 left in 1Q
(Shotgun) B.Bortles sacked at NYJ 14 for -1 yards (H.Anderson)
Henry Anderson makes a good inside move here on newly signed left guard Andrew Norwell, but the full view shows that Blake Bortles had an outlet pass to Leonard Fournette in the flat. It’s third down, yes, and Bortles is looking for the first down or touchdown. But if you feel pressure you’ve got to get it out to your running back who is 10 yards away from the nearest defender.
Fault: Blake Bortles
Sack #2: 1st & 10 at JAX 49, 3:50 in 2Q
B.Bortles sacked at JAX 39 for -10 yards (L.Williams)
Because of the fake to T.J. Yeldon, this play takes a little longer than normal to develop. That allows Leonard Williams to make an inside move against right guard A.J. Cann. The coverage is good and I wonder if Blake could have fit that ball to D.J. Chark on the right side of the field. All in all, the offensive line has to give Blake just a second longer to let the routes develop.
Fault: A.J. Cann
In all, the offensive line did a good job. Blake again had a lot of volume (41 drop backs for 38 attempts and three runs) and aside from the two sacks the Jets had just two hits on him. Without their starting left tackle and their right guard a bit banged up, I’d say they’re doing a better-than-expected job. After all, offensive linemen are only responsible for four sacks through four games.
2018 sack totals
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