The Jacksonville Jaguars are (thankfully) finished with their 2018 NFL season, closing out the stretch with Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler both seeing snaps in actual games.
Every game in the fourth quarter was an indictment on the offense as they were unable to score more than 13 points in a single game. (Yes, we scored 17 points against the Miami Dolphins, but that’s because of a defensive touchdown.)
The team is likely to make major moves at quarterback and running back this offseason, but before they do that — let’s take a deeper look though and go past the “we’re 1-3 over the last four games” and see how the team has performed the last quarter.
We’ll be grading the offense and defense separately through the week and up first — the offense!
Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)
The Jaguars offense seemed to get worse as the season went on. The change at offensive coordinator and quarterback, as expected, didn’t really result in anything positive. The run game got worse and the pass game got worse, but more efficient... if that’s even a real thing.
Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)
Everything got worse in the fourth quarter of the season. If a fake player like Dave Williams can end the season looking like your best running back, you’ve done something wrong. The only reason this isn’t an F- is because of Dede Westbrook, who is confirmed very good.
Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)
There’s no grade here other than a giant fail that can seriously be justified. The Cody Kessler experiment ended in Week 16 mostly for the safety and well-being of Kessler. Bortles laughably came in the same week and helped win a game that likely will cost them a realistic shot at Dwayne Haskins, then pulled a full Bortles to close the season and his Jags career.
Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)
What is the lowest grade I can give? Z? I mean...it was awful. Jacksonville scored two offensive touchdowns in its last four games of the season, and one of those was a garbage time score when the team was down 30-2 prior to reaching the end zone. Cody Kessler can’t lead an offense. Blake Bortles isn’t any better. Neither should be starting for an NFL franchise. Finally, the offense was torturous to watch. In the offseason, I really hope the Jaguars can find a solution at quarterback, bolster the offensive line, find a playmaker at wide receiver and/or tight end and actually be competitive in 2019.
Brian Fullford (@iambwf)
The traditional alphabet won’t work here. Instead, I’m going to using an Egyptian hieroglyph.
That is “man falling into a trap”. Congratulations Jaguars offense. You suckered me. How 2017 trapped me: Blake is turning a corner (in a good way), Fournette has an Eddie George type future, the wide receivers have a high ceiling, and the offense line has enough depth. Oh, and we obtained a serviceable backup, you know in case anything happens to Blake.
IT’S A TRAP!
Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)
Let’s face it, they’ve been awful in this third quarter. So bad, in fact, that it led to the firing of the offensive coordinator and benching of a quarterback with a freshly minted contract extension. They’re decimated by injuries, sure, but so are a lot of teams in the NFL who are still competing. Even in their lone win of the quarter last week against the Colts, the offense was only able to put up six points. Against the Bills when they were moving the football a little buit and scoring points, Fournette self-imploded and got himself kicked out and suspended an extra week. The good news is there’s nowhere to go but up in the fourth quarter, and hopefully Cody Kessler and Scott Milanovich can get a little bit of a groove going with Fournette back in the fold.
What grade would you give the Jacksonville Jaguars offense for the fourth quarter (Weeks 14-17) of the season?
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