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Jaguars Outplayed and Outcoached in 30-14 Loss to Chiefs

Demetrius Harvey

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Oct 7, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts after breaking up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs faced off as the battle of the #1s as the Chiefs offense ranks first in the NFL, as does the Jaguars defense. The Jaguars offense got off to a shaky start as the rain poured down on Blake Bortles and company, while the rain let up on the Chiefs first drive and they were able to take the ball nearly effortlessly down the field to score the opening touchdown.

The Jaguars thus far were being outcoached on defense throughout the first quarter. Although Blake Bortles and the offense were able to get close into field goal range with a nice deep ball (38-yards) to D.J. Chark, they were not able to muster up anything on that drive and were forced to punt.

The Chiefs absolutely dominated the first quarter on offense,  putting together another long scoring drive to take the team up 10-0.

Just when the Jaguars offense was finally putting together a great looking drive, Nathanial Hackett and the Jaguars offense got a bit too cute. The Jaguars had a 13-play drive all the way to the Chiefs 4-yard line only to come away with zero points as the Jaguars went for it on 4th down after throwing a low-percentage fade route to Donte Moncrief. Maddening.

The Jaguars defense was able to bail out the Jaguars offense on the next possession via a beautiful interception by safety Tashaun Gipson. This was Patrick Mahomes’ first interception of the season and the Jaguars’ secondaries first interception of the season.

This would be short-lived as Dee Ford was able to turn the corner and strip sack Blake Bortles on the next play.

The Jaguars terrible play would continue as Blake Bortles would go on to throw a pick-6 putting the Jaguars down 20-0 going into halftime. Before halftime, Blake Bortles would throw another pick. This time it did not go for six as it was in the Chiefs end zone. Bortles bounced the pass off guard A.J. Cann’s helmet. This would be the theme for the Jaguars today.

The Jaguars defense was able to get a nice stop at the start of the second half, but the Jaguars offense again could not get anything out of a drive that looked to be going well.

After the Jaguars finally got something going on offense en route to a nice pass from Blake Bortles to T.J. Yeldon, the Jaguars defense completely faded away and let the Chiefs offense effortlessly march down the field and get it to 30-7.

The Jaguars were able to put together another drive for a Blake Bortles touchdown. After recovering the onside kick, the Jaguars were about two yards short of making this game very interesting.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • D.J. Chark shows why he was selected in the second round with his speed on the 38 yard deep ball.
  • Tashaun Gipson gets the Jaguars secondary their first interception of the season
  • Josh Lambo executes a perfect onside kick. Although the Jaguars were not able to do anything with it, as Keelan Cole came up short on 4th.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jalen Ramsey and the Buffalo Bills

Jalen Ramsey is your Jaguars player of the game. Before the game, Jalen Ramsey and Tyreek Hill exchanged some words via their weekly press conferences. Ramsey was able to talk the talk and walk the walk this week. He played Hill man-to-man for much of the day and allowed next to nothing for most of it.

He did allow Hill to beat him deep one time at the end of the third quarter, but for the most part he did his job.

The Bills are listed here as they were able to kick a last-second field goal to beat the Tennessee Titans making the Jaguars still tied for the division lead.

FINAL WHISTLE

This was a very disappointing day for the Jacksonville Jaguars. A team that came into the game all systems firing after their win against the Jets last week laid a near-complete egg today. Specifically, on offense, the Jaguars were simply not able to execute much of anything in the red zone.

While the score shows 30 points on the Chiefs side, only 23 came against the Jaguars defense (pick six), and the Jaguars defense was able to hold Mahomes to zero touchdown passes and two interceptions on the day. This was easily the worst game of the young quarterback’s career, even in a win.

The Jaguars were completely outcoached and outplayed today. It really was as simple as that. Unfortunately, they could not pull off any late-game heroics. It was just not their day at all, and they lost to the better team. Blake Bortles must be better next week.

The Jaguars will head to Dallas next week for a 1 PM game. That game will be a must win.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca

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Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.

 

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Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin

Zach Goodall

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Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.

Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.

And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.

“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”

In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.

“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.

What?

In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.

And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.

Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”

The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.

This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.

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Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB

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Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.

Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.

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