The Jacksonville Jaguars just loss 9-6 against the Tennessee Titans in what was one of the worst offensive displays by a Blake Bortles led offense in his NFL career.
Six points. Six points. Not since 2010, when the Jaguars were trotting Trent Edwards out there to throw the ball to Tiquan Underwood, have the Jaguars been held without a touchdown against the Titans.
And it was because of a bad offense — off target passes, dropped balls, and penalties early in drives.
This team needs Leonard Fournette in the worst way possible. Corey Grant and T.J. Yeldon are great complements to a true bell cow back — able to give you a pass catcher out of the backfield or a burst of speed in the flat, or a decoy so you can throw the other way. But they are not Leonard Fournette. And when Blake is as inconsistent a quarterback as there is in the NFL, it stands to reason that asking him to shoulder the offense — asking him to drop back 37 times in a game — isn’t going to work week in and week out.
That’s not to say Blake is entirely at fault here for what happened today. There were drives where the receivers were dropping passes on consecutive plays. And the offensive line was missing two starters. And the running backs weren’t effective. And Nathaniel Hackett was... well, you get the picture.
In short, Blake was not the only problem today but he was the biggest. No matter how much you want to build your offense on the presumption that you will run early and you will run often, you still need a quarterback who can hit the easy passes or who is playing well enough that opening up the playbook isn’t asking for trouble. Blake couldn’t do that today.
I mean, there was a drive where Blake had three straight passes deflected.
And it’s a shame because the defense played outstanding. They forced punts on six of the Titans’ 10 drives. They bent but they didn’t break, giving up just three field goals all game. Sure, the Titans gained 150 yards on the ground, but that’s what’s going to happen when the opposing team has a near six minute advantage in time of possession — you’re going to give up some chunks of yards. But when it mattered, the defense dug deep and didn’t let them score many points.
Let’s hope it gets turned around before we face a New York Jets team we should absolutely beat.