Mike Glennon didn’t want to embrace the tank.
We thought he would — especially after all his talk this week about having nothing to lose, letting it rip, and enjoying the opportunity the Jacksonville Jaguars were giving him.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 27-25 to the Cleveland Browns, but we didn’t expect him to play well today. And we especially didn’t expect him to play this well.
Glennon finished 20-for-35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. That’s a respectable 6.7 yards per attempt. His play, along with young playmakers like James Robinson and Collin Johnson, kept the scoreline going back and forth. The lead changed hands six times today.
That’s five more times than I thought it would.
But in the end, it was another best case scenario for the Jaguars — they avoided the blowout, their young players racked up the stats, and they secured the loss in the end.
James Robinson finished with another Pro Bowl worthy performance — 159 total yards and a touchdown. It was his third 100-yard rushing day and he has 1,170 total yards and eight touchdowns on the season. He’s one of the best in the league, undrafted rookie or not.
Collin Johnson should get every target headed Chris Conley’s way going forward this season. Four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. He isn’t just a red zone threat, he can contribute anywhere on the field.
Don’t worry that it wasn’t a blowout. If this Jaguars team can lose their next five games, they’ll go 1-15 — only seven teams have finished with one or fewer wins in the last 20 years. The New York Jets, who tried their best, will likely be the eighth. This is a team headed for a clean house in the offseason. Dave Caldwell needs to go. Doug Marrone will be right behind him. They’ll likely get a chance at a franchise quarterback this April.