Photo: Scott Halleran (Getty) In all earnest, the Jacksonville Jaguar season began as a possible Super Bowl player. To arrive…
Photo: Scott Halleran (Getty)
In all earnest, the Jacksonville Jaguar season began as a possible Super Bowl player. To arrive at the AFC championship game, largely short-circuited by lack of aggressiveness and certain predictable offensive calls, seemed that Jag’s defense and all-round infrastructure had written over the fact that Blake Bortles was still their starting quarterback. They also believed Bortles and his modest improvement in 201
7 to extend his contract. The Jags came to a 3-1 start that included a victory at home against the patriots, and everything seemed to go swimming. But since then Jacksonville has been a mess: Six straight losses, with starback Jalen Ramsey being the subject of trade rumors.
“This kind of things start to feel like mercury,” defended the end of Calais Campbell’s recent release of Robert Robert Klemko, MMQB. “The more difficult you fight out of it, the more mistakes you make the more you slide.”
What went wrong?
This would always be a problem, was not it? Bortles was fine last year, and Jags played the possibility that he would remain good by locking him to a store that would actually have been under the market if Bortles had been what they were hoping for. Now they can get stuck with him if they do not want to throw $ 16.5 million in 2019 dead money in the trash (though with a $ 6.5 million offset, Bortles should write elsewhere for that amount).
Bortle’s standard statistics this year is similar to what he did in 2017. However, he is significantly less effective: 25 in both DYAR and DVOA, per football player, compared with 15 and 16 last season respectively. He also makes the same kind of bad decisions, bad readings and tiny throws that plagued him during his first four seasons in the league. It’s true that Jags has suffered injury (see below), but Bortles returns to Blake Bortles’s support. Last year, Jags ranked 14th race ). This season is ranked 27th. Bortles is basically back to being the QB that his teammates hated in August 2017.
Remember when Jags led the patriots 20-10 in the fourth quarter last this year’s AFC title game and continued to run that damn ball at first down? On Sunday they led 16-16 in the Steelers, and after Pittsburgh scored 16-6, Jags got back at 1:17 in third. They started all their next four possessions of … hell, just let Warren Sharp explain it:
The Steelers won the match 20-16.
The Jags ranked sixth in adjusted games lost due to injury in 2017, according to Football Outsiders, and the happiness of staying relatively healthy was undoubtedly a factor in their deep playoff run. The damage happens to each team, and while it is too early to know exactly how the ravaged hunters are compared to other teams, they have been slaughtered as hard at break. Left thanks Cam Robinson has been out for the season since week 2 and downtown Brandon Linden was lost for the year in week 10, both with knee injuries. Strong ending Austin-Sefarian-Jenkins (abdomen) and Niles Paul (knee) have not played since weeks 5 and 6. Running back Corey Grant is made for the year with a foot injury. RB Leonard Fournette missed six matches. WR Marqise Lee went down for the year during the preseason.
The Jags D # is not the dominant device it was last year, but it’s still pretty good. Just not good enough to overcome the total crash of crime. Last year, Jags ranked first in overall defensive DVOA and DVOA against the pass. This year, they are the sixth in both categories – not a huge dropoff.
What has hurt Jags? D has been regression on three key areas that The Ringers Danny Kelly says are often subject to year-to-year variations: takeaways, sacks and red zone defense. Last season, Jaw’s second in takeaways (33) was fourth for fumble recovery (12), others in bags (55), and others in Red Zone Conversion Rate (39.3 percent). This season is bound for 28 in takeaways (11), 25 for fumble recovery (3), 27 in bags (21), and 14 for the red zone (57.1 percent). In short, their defense is effective, but it’s not the bullet-making playmaking device that often sets up its crime like it did last year. In view of the abuse, this team could not survive this relatively modest regression.