Offense Absent as Defense Struggles

On a day when the running game never got going, Luke McCown did not look like the number one quarterback. In fact, several times it looked like he threw the ball directly to the New York Jets defense. I had said last week that the offense was going to have to step up in order to win games, I do not think they even showed up today. Now, I know the Jets defense is top notch, but wow, they showed just how one dimensional the Jaguars really are. With Marcedes Lewis being out along with Jason Hill, and Mike Thomas being well covered most of the game, none of the receivers stepped up to make a play. And even if they did get open, McCown could not get the ball to them.

I am going to defend the defense again. They could have fared a lot worse today. They forced two interceptions in which the offense gave right back to the Jets with two interceptions of their own. When a defense is handed a short field, what can you expect? Well at least the Jaguars defense held the Jets to three field goals. Not bad, again, yeah they also allowed three touchdowns, but one of those drives started at the Jaguars half yard line. Not a whole lot to expect there.

It only took four interceptions to put Blaine Gabbert in, who, everybody knows is the future in Jacksonville. And when Gabbert finally got in, being down 29 points, what does Jack Del Rio do? Run the ball. Folks, at that point, I was speechless. Gabbert could not make any more mistakes than McCown and Del Rio decides to play it safe being down 29 points. Wow. I mean, what can you say? At that point it is time to break out of conservative mode and pass the ball.

And now, again, we are left with the same question as last week. When is the offense gonna show up and help out the defense? Carolina is up next week, and with Cam Newton leading the league in passing, there is no doubt the Jaguars offense is going to have to put some points on the board. And perhaps there will be another question going into this week, McCown or Gabbert?

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