The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line overall played an incredibly good game against the Tennessee Titans — despite losing starting center Brandon Linder to a knee injury early the unit opened rushing lanes for rookie running back James Robinson (who didn’t have a single carry for a loss) and protected Gardner Minshew well.
But there were two sacks.
Well, yes, but who was responsible for them?
Let’s find out!
Sack #1: 1st & 10 at TEN 49, 9:42 left in 2Q
(Shotgun) G. Minshew sacked at JAX 31 for -20 yards (J. Crawford).
I mean... my God. Throw the ball away, man. It really sucks there was some interior pressure that spooked Gardner Minshew because he had Chris Conley wide open in the middle of the field with the nearest defender about five yards away from him.
Fault: Gardner Minshew
Sack #2: 2nd & 1 at 50, 10:44 left in 4Q
G. Minshew sacked at JAX 46 for -4 yards (K. Vaccaro).
I wonder if James Robinson was supposed to pick up a different rushing lane on the pass protection. Or if Andrew Norwell was supposed to slide to the left a little more quickly. I’m inclined to believe the latter, but I just don’t know the protection call. Either way, it’s a chaotic moment for the offense and not something you can really pin on one single person.
As an aside, the team still picked up the first down here and even went on the score a touchdown. That’s a big difference in the offense this year as opposed to years past — even in plays that result in sacks, a short second down led to a manageable third down conversion attempt.
The box score looked good for the offensive line on Sunday and the tape looks even better. This is a surprisingly good unit — and maybe keeping all the starters from last season was a good idea after all, huh?
2020 sack totals
Up next: The Miami Dolphins!