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Jalen Ramsey says it’s the defense’s job to turn it around

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The Jacksonville Jaguars bye week came at just about the right time, with the team banged up with injuries and in the middle of a four-game losing streak, a break might just be just what the doctor ordered. While a lot of fans feels the season is lost, the players certainly still think they’re right in the thick of it.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey talked a little about the bye week, the remainder of the season, the offense and the defense’s role going forward on Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio.

“We’ve definitely talked about it and addressed everything that’s going on right now. As a defense we feel like that’s up to us to put confidence in them,” Ramsey said when asked about the defense’s confidence in the Jaguars struggling offense.

“We feel like when we’re out there playing to our standard, we’re out there playing so well, that our offense feeds off of us and when we’re not up to our standards then the whole energy of the team is kind of down. That’s where we kind of put that on ourselves and we have to play better, we have to put that confidence in the whole team.”

There’s no denying the Jaguars seemingly have no confidence in their offense’s ability to score points and keep the defense off the field, nor should they be. The Jaguars offense has been awful through the first half of the season, struggling to score points and turn the ball over, putting a ton of pressure on the defense.

It seems the defense is up for the challenge however, putting it on themselves to get the season turned around and try to instill some confidence into the Jaguars offense.

“I don’t think there’s disappointment,” Ramsey said when asked if the team as a whole was disappointed sitting at 3-5 after the first half of the season. “We do know that it hasn’t been ideal for us right now and we’re sitting here still with three wins and eight more games, so if we run the tables (sic) I mean we’re in great position going into the postseason. Once you get into the postseason anything can happen from there, so that’s where our mindset is right now and we’re very optimistic about these next eight games that we have.”

While I don’t believe the Jaguars will run the table, there is still a chance they make the playoffs if they can start actually winning games. The AFC South isn’t settled just yet, despite the fact that it looks like the Houston Texans are finally hitting their groove, but the Jaguars just need to start scoring some points and winning games.