I’m not even sure where to begin here. Have you ever seen a horrific car crash in person? You know, the cars look absolutely dismantled, people are running around frantically screaming and crying, there are ambulances and police cars galore and yet, despite the tragic scene you just can’t look away.
Well, it was that kind of day for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As they Jags took on the division-leading Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, there wasn’t much hope for the team — that’s a common theme by now in Jacksonville, in case you didn’t know. As a team, they only mustered 205 total yards of offense, turned the ball over three times, averaged 2.2 yards per rush and only 5.2 yards per pass.
I told you, I’m not even sure where to start when it comes to looking for positives. So, I guess I’ll take the easy way out — there were no positives.
Jacksonville is, and has been for a while, in a lot of trouble. On both sides of the ball, the Jags are simply less talented than just about every other team out there. The only thing they could really hang their hat on heading into today was the fact that their pass defense ranked 9th in the league. After Andrew Luck tossed two touchdowns and 260 yards on them, that number will probably fade into the teens.
Maurice Jones-Drew only carried the ball 13 times for 23 yards. Blaine Gabbert finished with a rating of 30.6 and threw for just 179 yards, enduring four sacks as well.
Next week, they’ll take on the 1-3 St. Louis Rams. If the Rams make Jacksonville look this bad, then it will officially be time to start all over. Gabbert and Chad Henne both have to go. The Jags need a quarterback they can depend on first and foremost, and these two just won’t suffice.
Jones-Drew is in a contract year, so it’s not likely he’ll return. The team simply needs to aggressively rebuild and make sure they can assert themselves in the 2014 Draft. Yes, I said draft. This year was over before it even started in Jacksonville.