Head coach Gus Bradley elected to start quarterback Chad Henne over Blaine Gabbert, the guy that was supposed to be the future of the franchise. Henne was much better than Gabbert, throwing for 241 yards and a touchdown on 25-38 attempts, but he was sacked five times and really didn’t make any big plays.
The offensive line has been awful in the Jaguars’ first two games, giving up 11 sacks and have opened up no holes for Maurice Jones-Drew. Jacksonville has been out gained 347-105 on the ground and outscored 47-11.
It really all comes down to how mediocre and pathetic the offense is. The defense has actually been respectable. The pass defense has been great through Week 2, but the Raiders’ Darren McFadden exposed the rush defense.
It really is hard to put into words how bad the offense is. You’d have an argument that the Oregon Ducks offense is better than the Jaguars. As mentioned, it all starts up front. When the offensive line can’t block, the running game gets shut down and the quarterback can’t get into a rhythm because of constant pressure, rendering the passing game all but ineffective.
Don’t let Henne’s 241 yards fool you, he averaged just 6.3 yards per completion. There is absolutely no fluidity to the offense. It’s hard to watch and no one would blame Jacksonville fans for not showing up to watch this mess of a product that is being put on the field.
The race for the worst team in the NFL isn’t even close. The hopes are that Henne can provide more of a spark, which he did at times. But, if the offensive line can’t block it’s not going to happen.
It’s going to be another long season in Jacksonville and the brown paper bags should be plentiful in the stands. Look on the bright side though, it is very possible the Jaguars will get the No.1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.