Defense Still a Question Mark, Garrard Plays Well

By sheriholt

Once the Jacksonville Jaguars took the field after a two-hour rain/lightining  delay, the defensive line looked great early.  First round pick Tyson Alualu and Aaron Kampman sacked Dolphins QB Chad Henne on the first play from scrimmage for a near-safety.  However the following series and the rest that followed, Henne barely had any pressure at all.  With all that time Henne and backup QB Chad Pennington threw completions to wide-open receivers throughout the first half. 

Many of the images that haunted Jaguar fans from 2009 seemed to be apparent last night as well.  The most glaringly obvious issue was the defenses inability to stop Miami on third down. 

Keep in mind, Alualu and Kampman only played a few series.  If the dynamic duo can create pressure throughout an entire game, the defense might show a vast improvement from 2009.

On the offensive side of the football, Jaguar QB David Garrard actually played quite well until he was hit in the chest and knocked out of the game.  Despite the constant pressure from the Dolphins defensive front, Garrard completed 6 of 8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown with a QB rating of 145.3.   He even showed a glimpse of the David Garrard of old when he scrambled for an 8 yard gain and a near first down.   

All in all, the Jaguars looked better than the pre-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.  However fans are quite aware that in the last two weeks, the defense has made both opposing quaterbacks look like pro-bowlers.  Pressuring the QB is a must if the Jaguars have any chance of making the play-offs in 2010.

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