The Jacksonville Jaguars lost an exciting game to the Carolina Panthers 34-27 on Sunday, which had a little bit of everything. The biggest thing from the game however, was the Panthers ability to absolutely gash the Jaguars defense in the run game. Running back Christian McCaffery had a franchise record long run and accounted for 200 yards of offense, running for over 10 yards per carry.
It was one of the most frustrating things to watch, because it seemed like you could tell exactly when the Panthers were going to run the ball, they all appeared like the same play, but the Jaguars defense just could not stop it.
Turns out, it was the same play over and over.
“It’s kind of like this: Defenses call blitzes until you pick them up and we ran the same play until they could stop it,” Panthers left guard Greg Van Roten said. “And they didn’t. That was a good play for us. I don’t think we thought it was going to be that successful.”
The Jaguars got killed repeatedly on the inside zone, and it didn’t seem to matter who got the ball. Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner just repeatedly called the play because it wasn’t getting stopped.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever in my career heard the same play call so many times,” tight end Greg Olsen told reporters about running the play repeatedly.
I’m not sure what was more embarrassing, the Panthers success running the ball knowing they basically just ran the same play over and over, or Quincy Williams getting his soul juked out of his body.
I don’t know if it was the game Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash called or the poor play of the linebackers, probably a little bit of both, but it’s something the Jaguars will absolutely have to fix with the New Orleans Saints and Alvin Kamara on the horizon.