Among those four losses have been three pathetic performances at EverBank Field, including this past Sunday’s embarrassing 41-3 loss to the Chicago Bears.
It is hard to imagine the Jaguars offense being worse than last season, but somehow it appears that they have taken a step back under second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert’s mechanics have improved through coaching, but it still appears that he does not have the other skills necessary to successfully lead an NFL franchise.
On top of the lack of improvement from the Jaguars passing offense, the Jaguars usually stout rushing attack has struggled to keep the chains moving this year. Opposing defenses are starting to commit almost their entire unit towards bottling up Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and daring the Jaguars offense to beat them through the air.
On the other side, the Jaguars defense has taken a major step back this season. Last season, the Jaguars defense kept the team in games while the offense struggled. This year the defense appears to be just as inept as the offense has been.
The most glaring issue on the Jaguars defense has been the poor play of the defensive line. So far this season, the Jaguars defense has only managed to record three sacks through five games. They are also no longer stout up the middle when it comes to stopping the run. The weakness of the line play has affected the entire Jaguars defense, as opposing quarterbacks have been able to sit comfortably in the pocket and pick apart the secondary.
At this point, the Jaguars are not going to get any new talent to help them out until next offseason.
It is hard to envision any scenario where this roster as currently constructed by general manager Gene Smith wins many more games this season.