JACKSONVILLE – Let’s go …
No moral victory, but being the away team for a short week, I thought it was a very good game. Young team, but they are more competitive every week.
You know what? That was also my main takeaway from the Jaguars’ 24-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. I understand the emotion and frustration of the players, coaches and fans – and make no mistake: there was real emotion and frustration for this team after this one. Head coach Urban Meyer twice in his post-match press conference called it “heartbreaking” and he also called it “devastating”. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence also called it “heartbreaking.” But I walked in on Thursday thinking the Jaguars would have a hard time because NFL road teams typically wrestle for short weeks – and given that Lawrence was playing for the shortest week of his career, I thought that ‘There was a good chance he was really struggling individually. Instead, this team looked absolutely ready and prepared – and they had their best first half of the season. Second-half resilience for Lawrence and offense was also encouraging; the touchdown after the Bengals tied him at 14-14 was impressive. It’s not a great team; remember, he went 1-15 last season. And the lack of defensive playmakers was evident in the second half. But the Jaguars got better every week and that’s a good sign.
While there have been many encouraging signs, you can’t win in the NFL without a pass rush. The Jags don’t and that’s not something you can fix this year.
There is truth in what you say. The Jaguars were receiving decent pressure in the first two games – and they had four sacks in Weeks 1 and 2. They also placed third in the NFL in terms of pressure at that time. But they’ve only had one sack in the last two games – and despite a sack from Adam Gotsis, they didn’t feel like they had had enough significant pressure in the second half against the Bengals on Thursday. That’s what I felt in the first round. Maybe he will look different when I see him a second time.
John, can you help me figure out the play call with the fourth and the goal at the half-yard line? Make it make sense.
You are referring to the Lawrence Jaguars in the fourth and the 1 of 1 at the end of the first half. Well, Lawrence had just scored on the previous possession on a similar play – and the Bengals’ defense almost certainly came into that game thinking running back James Robinson would get the ball. Would I have run Robinson? Probably, because I’m an old man and believe if you can’t get a yardstick with the running back you don’t deserve to win. But that’s not always true – and that’s not how the NFL works these days. The Jaguars thought they had the right game for the right situation. It didn’t work so it was a bad call. If it had worked, it would have been a good call.
Hi John. What do you think of Meyer’s decision to pass the basket in the first half? Personally, I firmly believe in taking points when you can get them. Especially early in the game with a two touchdown lead.
Being an old man, I certainly would have kicked the basket. I like to go up three scores in this situation.
Always, always take the points. Always.
WOW! It was a loss, but it looks like a victory. I like to follow the progress of the team. Come on Jags!
I can’t say it was like a win because a loss is a loss. But the progression is real. It’s not the same as winning, but considering where this team was last season – and even where they were after Week 1 – it’s a pretty darn safe progression.
Red from the comments section of the O zone
Little by little, they improve John. It’s a long way, but with every game there is improvement. Jags just figured out how to defend a second-half lead. What you say?
Yes. I don’t know what the answer will be to keeping a lead in the second half because it looks like a pass-rush issue. And it’s fair to wonder where the pass rush will come from. But are they improving? It’s hard not to say yes to that.
O-Zone, this loss was so harsh and sad it feels like a parody.
_Sebastian from Jax Beach _
Weird to say, but Hyde was needed to show Robinson is THE BEST PLAYER ON THIS OFFENSE. He has more, but needs more touches. And that includes situations on the goal line before half-time. Law?
I didn’t necessarily have that Thursday takeout. While there is no doubt that running back James Robinson is the team’s best player, it looked like one of the scenarios for Thursday night’s game was that the Bengals managed to keep him 14 yards in six second-half carries after running an impressive 64 yards on 12 first-half carries. I’m not sure if that says anything in particular about Carlos Hyde and Robinson like a punch to the bib, but the Jaguars certainly didn’t run as efficiently in the second half on Thursday as they did. in the first.
“So close.” “Oooo it was so close.” “We almost won.” Why are we selling each other the moral victory line?!?!?!? Close means jack and spit when we lose 19 in a row !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is not a happy time. NOBODY IS THAT WE ARE “SO CLOSE!” This organization is paid MILLIONS of dollars. These players are paid MILLIONS of dollars. Everything for SUCK 19 games in a row. If I didn’t do my job 19 times in a row, I wouldn’t have a job! EVEN IF I SAID TO MY BOSS “Awwww but I was so close this time.” I’ve had it up to here!!! Win or shut up !!! Close means NOTHING !!!
The offense can improve, but this defense is complete and total. No talent at any position, unless you actually have a Josh Allen blitz rather than cover. This worthless 0-19 team is years away from a single win !!!!
It sounds more like frustration than a fact, which is fair because Thursday’s loss was nothing if not frustrating. Defense is not great. He really struggled in the second half, and it’s the second half in as many weeks that the unit has allowed decisive training. The defense against running is improved. It was an important goal for the offseason, and it looks like the Jaguars have come a long way to reach it. Now, when it comes to being able to get out of the field on key plays… well, they haven’t done that well enough. And of course, the Jaguars are not years away from a single victory. From that point of view, they’re closer than they’ve felt for some time. Much closer, in fact.
So much we traded CJ because of Campbell’s performances… did you see anything tonight that I didn’t see? #flame
Jaguars rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell appeared to be beaten twice in the third quarter – once by rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and once by wide receiver Trenton Irwin. These were games that changed pace and turned the tables – and it happened too often. It was hard to see in the first quarter if Campbell was struggling to play the ball on pieces, which has been a problem so far this season. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt Campbell will be a target for opposing teams. As CJ Henderson has been traded, the teams will test him until he passes the test. And he’s going to get tested – a lot – in the coming weeks.
The Jaguars should constantly educate the public about life-sucking demons masquerading as referees. Highlighting the videos would be nice. Until then, the Jaguars will never close games. And the Jaguars should also refuse all bogus penalties, it helps those demons justify continuing to call bogus games. Those who do evil hate the light and fear that their deeds will be exposed. It’s a shame what they are doing and any true football fan who has any integrity to the game should be upset.
This is a dramatic email. It’s also a bit vague. I guess this refers to the hold penalty on Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon who turned a sack on a third and 1 key late in the game into a first down, a play that led to the Bengals’ winning placement. . I don’t usually spend a lot of time talking about officiating because my experience is that all fans think officials are against their teams – and because things like that usually balance out over time. But from the first quarter, I thought the call to Herndon was questionable. I will have the opportunity to take a closer look. We’ll see.
Geoffrey of Orlando, Florida
It is progress. Frustrating, painful, emotionally draining progress.