The Jacksonville Jaguars have had several issues exposed over the first two games this season, but perhaps the biggest and most surprising issue has been their inability to stop the run.
For years, the Jaguars have been one of the toughest teams in the NFL to run the ball against. However, this year they have surrendered rushing yards in bunches.
Through two games, the Jaguars are allowing an average of 169.5 rushing yards per game.
Even though the Jaguars have faced two of the best rushing offenses in the league so far, there is no excuse for how poorly they have played.
Perhaps the biggest issue has been their poor tackling. Despite new rules that limit the amount of full contact practices teams can have, the Jaguars need to find a way to improve their tackling or else what has been a disastrous start could quickly turn into a disastrous season.
The absence of defensive captain Daryl Smith has not helped matters either.
Smith is one of the best all around linebackers in the league and probably the surest tackler on the Jaguars defense. It is not farfetched to assume that when he returns to the lineup, it will provide a significant boost to the rest of the Jaguars defenders.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they expect to be without Smith for the third straight week when they travel to take on the division rival Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.
The Colts should provide for an interesting barometer for the Jaguars run defense, as the Colts have traditionally been one of the worst rushing offenses in the NFL. If the Jaguars struggling again to stop the run this Sunday in Indianapolis then it may be time to start panicking in Jacksonville.