1. Don't disregard run defense in order to get after the passer. The Jaguars pass rush has been elite in 2017, but their run defense has left a lot to be desired and against the Jets on Sunday that was never more evident. The Jaguars defensive lineman seemingly forgot that part of their job was to defend the run. The Jaguars recorded 5 sacks on the day - Barry Church, Dante Fowler, Calais Campbell, and Yannick Ngakoue (2 sacks) all got in on the sack party. But the Jaguars performance against the run was one of the worst in franchise history. The Jets were able to run the ball to the tune of 255 yards, while averaging eight (no, that's not a typo) yards per carry. The linebacking corp will need improve their tackling as well. The Jaguars head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in week five. They'll need to perform a lot better against Le'Veon Bell and the impressive Steelers offense.
2. Penalties must be reduced. While the Jaguars committed the fewest amount of penalties against the Jets that they have to this point in 2017, several of them couldn't have come at a worse time. Arrelious Benn was called for holding on what would have been a game winning touchdown by Leonard Fournette. Paul Posluszny was called for a taunting penalty in the games weighing moments that allowed the Jets to get in better position for what ended up being the game winning field goal. On the season the Jaguars have committed the fourth most penalties in football. They'll need to be much, much more disciplined in order to get a week five victory in Pitt.
3. The Jaguars need to allow Leonard Fournette to get in rhythm. The rookie runner has gotten plenty of touches to this point - he's on pace to eclipse 370 touches by seasons end. But there are two glaring issues regarding the Jaguars usage of the Duval Destroyer. 1. He and Chris Ivory sub in and out far too often. It would be one thing to let Ivory get a series or two throughout the game to give Fournette some rest, but to sub Fournette out of the game at such a high clip seems counter productive. Fournette only outsnapped Ivory by four plays on Sunday. 2. Fournette needs to be fed the ball several times in a row during drives. Every subsequent run Fournette gets stronger and the defense gets weaker. Let him wear down defenses on long drives. Fournette is clearly a star and the Jaguars want to keep him healthy, but they'll need to fead the beast in order to reach the playoffs.
The good news for Jaguars fans is they're still tied for the division lead and are in firm control of their own destiny. Stay tuned for more!
What aspect of the Jaguars game do you most want to see them improve upon? Let us know in the comments below!
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