The Jacksonville Jaguars head into the bye weekend

24 Декабря 2018 г.
at 3-5 and their offense in shambles. The only hope for it to improve rests on the legs of running back Leonard Fournette [url=][/url] , who has missed most of the season with a hamstring injury. The offensive line has struggled so much the Jaguars coaching staff said they didn’t have confidence to even try running the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Blake Bortles has come crashing back to earth, already benched once and looking like he could be replaced in the offseason.Man, that’s a rough eight games coming off a season that was on the doorstep of the Super Bowl.So what happened to the Jaguars offense?The popular talking point right now is that the Jaguars invested everything on the defensive side of the ball and ignored their offense. While I do think that the Jaguars took some huge gambles this offseason on the offensive side of the ball that has blown up in their face, I think the position that they ignored the offensive side of the ball while building the defense is inexplicably incorrect. They just invested in it a different way.Here is what Jaguars general manager has added to the offensive side of the ball since he became the general manager:second overall pick offensive tackle (Luke Joeckel)high priced free agent guard (Zane Beadles)high priced free agent tight end (Julius Thomas)third overall pick on quarterback (Blake Bortles)second round wide receiver (Marqise Lee)second round wide receiver (Allen Robinson)second round wide receiver (D.J. Chark)second round running back (T.J. Yeldon)third round center (Brandon Linder)third round guard (A.J. Cann)high priced free agent tackle (Jermey Parnell)high priced free agent guard (Andrew Norwell)high priced free agent running back (Chris Ivory)mid-tier priced free agent running back (Toby Gerhart)fourth overall running back (Leonard Fournette)second round offensive tackle (Cam Robinson)mid-tier priced free agent tight end (Austin Seferian-Jenkins)expensive one-year free agent wide receiver (Donte Moncrief)traded for a running back (Carlos Hyde)This only counting draft picks used through Day 2 of the NFL Draft and not including things like paying Allen Hurns, which is an investment, or other ancillary moves for the offense.To say that the Jaguars didn’t invest in the offense is a misnomer. They did [url=]Authentic Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey[/url] , and they invested quite a bit. The biggest difference is they missed. They missed on a lot of those moves on the offense and that’s a big reason why they’re where they’re at. They chose to invest a little bit more on draft picks and their development on the offensive side of the ball, while investing in veterans on the defensive side and expecting to be in a lot of close games carried by the defense while the offensive players grow and develop.The problem is those players by and large didn’t and the veterans you signed to supplement them went bust. You have a bad combination of draft picks not working out, high priced free agents flopping and a quarterback who needs a lot of things around him to go right, rather than being a quarterback who can elevate others when things go awry.The conversation shouldn’t be why the Jaguars haven’t put anything around Blake Bortles on offense or if they invested enough into it, but it should be about the people who were doing the investing. The Jacksonville Jaguars made several curious decisions on offense against the Kansas City Chiefs — moving away fr om the run early, force-feeding Donte Moncrief and Niles Paul the majority of targets — and one such situation came in the second quarter with Jacksonville driving and in Kansas City territory.Down just 10-0 [url=][/url] , the Jaguars found themselves at the tail end of their first legitimate offensive drive. They were 11 plays and 72 yards in, getting down within three yards of the end zone.It was 3rd-and-1 and Blake Bortles threw a jump ball to Donte Moncrief, a catch he’s not known for making, and it fell incomplete.Then it was 4th-and-1 and the Jaguars went pass again. Pressure came around the left edge and Blake threw incomplete to Austin Seferian-Jenkins over the middle.What was most surprising was that before those two plays, the Jaguars had run with a lot of success, gaining 51 of the drive’s 72 yards on the ground in just seven plays. All three active running backs contributed too in a variety of situations — Corey Grant had run inside for eight yards [url=][/url] , T.J. Yeldon had run around the edge 20 yards on three carries, and Brandon Wilds never gained less than two yards on either of his carries, running out of the shotgun on one snap and behind center another.The running backs had had success and the offensive line was getting push. The question begged to be asked — if you know you’re going for it, why are those the calls on third and fourth down.Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone gave a brief response:“We felt really comfortable it was going to be all out, cover zero which it was.”First, that’s not really much of an explanation. There are ways to beat Cover Zero other than to pass.But let’s talk about Cover Zero. Inside The Pylon has a good definition:Cover Zero is frequently used in goal line situations wh ere there isn’t any deep field to defend. So let’s see how the Jaguars decide to attack it with just a yard to go for a first down.Whether it’s a heavy goal line formation or spreading the formation out [url=][/url] , why not give Yeldon a chance to do what he’d been doing up to that point? I hate to sound like a broken record but it had been working up to that point beautifully.But if you’re going to pass on either of these downs, why aren’t you using Bortles’ mobility to take some of the pressure off the offensive line and allowing the play to extend and let the receivers shake their man coverage?The simplest answer to it all is to just run the ball and live (or die) on what you’ve built this team to be from the very beginning of the season.
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