Yesterday I claimed that the Jacksonville Jaguars needed to do a few things if they wanted to have some opportunities to earn their first win of the season against the San Diego Chargers, and most of them involved being active and accurate on the offensive side of the ball.
It turns out that the Jags virtually had no offense as they suffered their seventh defeat of the season in equal number of games after losing 24-6 to the resurgent Chargers who now are over .500 for the first time this year.
Signal caller Chad Henne did what he could today, but the fact that the offensive line wasn’t very useful protecting him didn’t help the Jaguars’ chances. Henne managed to complete 23-of-36 passes and threw for 318 yards but wasn’t able to find the end zone. Justin Blackmon wasn’t at his best as he only had 58 receiving yards after two consecutive games where he topped reach the 100-yard mark.
Maurice Jones-Drew had another slow game in what has been a dismal season for the once-top running back. MJD only had nine carries and got 37 yards, averaging a bit more than four yards per attempt.
If the offensive outing of the Jaguars was already bad, then the secondary didn’t fare better. Jacksonville wasn’t able to slow down Philip Rivers who almost had a perfect game in terms of passing, completing 22-of-26 with a touchdown. The Chargers’ running game was also very efficient as Ryan Matthews ran for 110 yards while also finding the end zone.
It’s clear that the Jaguars need to start doing things differently if they’re looking to at least rack up a few wins before the season is over. It seems like the organization has the proper guys to lead the rebuild in head coach Gus Bradley and GM David Caldwell, but with the lack of talent on the roster it doesn’t seem likely that the Jaguars will see their fortune changing anytime soon.