The Jacksonville Jaguars limped their way to one of their worst offensive performances (while the defense played one of its best) and lost to the Tennessee Titans by a score of 9-6.
The box score shows three sacks on Blake Bortles, but is that a reflection of the offensive line or were there some other players at fault?
Let’s take a look.
Sack #1: 1st & 15 at JAX 47, 12:58 left in 1Q
B.Bortles sacked at JAX 43 for -4 yards (W.Woodyard)
After a silly delay of game penalty where Blake seemingly didn’t know what was on the play clock, he rolls out to the right and has tight end James O’Shaughnessy seemingly open on the fly going towards the right sideline.
It’s a strange play design, but it’s definitely on Bortles who is a little jumpy in the pocket and needs to throw the ball away.
Fault: Blake Bortles
Sack #2: 1st & 10 at TEN 45, 14:20 left in 4Q
B.Bortles sacked at TEN 47 for -2 yards (K.Vaccaro).
Harold Landry lines up on the edge and gets around right tackle Jermey Parnell with his speed. Kenny Vaccaro gets the clean up sack.
Fault: Jermey Parnell
Sack #3: 2nd & 2 at JAX 33, 4:00 left in 4Q
(Shotgun) B.Bortles sacked at JAX 28 for -5 yards (J.Casey). FUMBLES (J.Casey), recovered by JAX-B.Linder at JAX 29. B.Linder to JAX 29 for no gain (W.Woodyard)
What a cluster. Parnell again lets his man (this time it’s Derrick Morgan) get a little pressure. Newly installed right guard Chris Reed gets dragged way out of position which is what gives Jurrell Casey as open a lane as he had, leaving Brandon Linder vulnerable and clearing the way for a Bortles fumble.
Fault: Chris Reed
All in all, there were a few isolated sacks and pressures, but nothing that warranted the abysmal day that Bortles had. This team would do well to have A.J. Cann back in the lineup but to say the pass protection was the reason Bortles struggled would be incorrect.
2018 sack totals
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