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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts: Week 11 sack analysis

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Ugh.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense probably had their worst outing of the Doug Marrone era. Fewer than 10 rushes for the first time in franchise history, six punts, only one touchdown until the final drive of the game — it was an absolute mess.

But on 47 passing plays, the offensive line gave up just five quarterback hits and two sacks on Nick Foles.

So who was responsible for those sacks? Let’s take a look.

Sack #1: 3rd & 8 at JAX 39, 13:26 in 2Q

(Shotgun) N. Foles sacked at JAX 30 for -9 yards (K. Moore II).

Six rushers against six blockers, one of which is rookie running back Ryquell Armstead. Not a recipe for the Jaguars’ success on third-and-long. Nick Foles has less than two seconds between the snap of the ball and when he sees that Armstead is not going to be able to block his man.

Looking at the sideline view on this play, I don’t quite understand the route combination of the two inside receivers on Foles’ right. Why isn’t the outside receiver running a fly, thereby taking his defender away from the play, and giving one of those receivers a chance at the sideline near the first down marker? Why isn’t there a hot route being called when Foles sees that it’s a cornerback blitz? I can’t pin this on just one player (or even two) as it looks like a breakdown across the entire offense.

Fault: Team

Sack #2: 1st & 10 at JAX 22, 3:49 in 4Q

(Shotgun) N. Foles sacked at JAX 14 for -8 yards (J. Houston).

Here, Foles has a little more than two seconds from when the ball is snapped to when he sees the edge pressure and has to step up into the pocket.

I know they’re down three scores and the defensive linemen can pin their ears back, but I would have liked to have seen Foles go to Keelan Cole over the middle. He’s open over the middle and a six or seven yard gain is better than a six or seven yard sack. But again, I can’t pin it on one (or even two) guys. Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor have to block their guys longer.

Fault: Team

Summary

Unlike last game, when the offensive line wasn’t really responsible for any of the four sacks the Houston Texans got, this is a case where the offensive line had some part to play in both. Two sacks and five quarterback hits on 47 pass attempts isn’t that bad though.

2020 sack totals

Player Sacks
Player Sacks
Gardner Minshew 9
Team 7
Jawaan Taylor 4
Tyler Shatley 1
Cam Robinson 1
Doug Marrone 1
James O’Shaughnessy 1
James Robinson 1

Up next: The bye week!