Much has been made of the Jaguars’ play-calling of late, and that didn’t stop following the Jaguars’ loss to the Saints on Sunday. The Jaguars’ coaches, most notably Jack Del Rio, have been criticized for running the ball too much. Well guys, they opened it up, and the Jaguars still lost. I hate to go back to a quote from everyone’s favorite Jaguars.com senior writer, but, “players not plays.” That’s a fact.
The Jaguars came out with a game plan that the Saints weren’t ready for. Unfortunately, the Jaguars’ players weren’t able to execute that game plan, especially once they made it inside the Saints’ 30 yard line. That’s the players’ failure, not the coaches’.
There is a silver lining in all of this. The Jaguars looked better. Much better as a matter of fact. The Saints game ended with the Jaguars being in a 2 score hole, but it would have likely been just 1 score had the Jaguars kicked field goals in the second half. Del Rio was aggressive. Let’s face it. He had to be, and that’s the mindset he coached with on Sunday. He coached to win the game, and they fell short to a superior team.
The Jaguars take on the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. I believe the Jaguars will get back to a more balanced offense, but they will likely continue to give more responsibility to Blaine Gabbert. He made a few mistakes against the Saints, but he looked like he belonged under center. Look for the Jaguars to continue to grow as the season progresses. The Jaguars have 3 winnable games in a row, and it’s possible they could be 4-4 going into the bye week.
Editor’s note: I said it’s “possible” that the Jaguars could be 4-4 not “probable.” Remember guys, “possible” not “probable.”