What didn't go wrong? Amirite?
But, seriously, here are my top areas of concern following a truly devastating 31-7 loss in Seattle.
Where to begin? I'm really not sure.
The Jaguars struggled to line up on Sunday. Defensively, they had twelve men on the field two plays in a row at one point. Offensively, Trevor struggled to get the ball snapped in time. In total, the Jags racked up 12 penalties for 93 yards. It's tough to compete with numbers that bad. Sure, the players need to execute, but the coaches have to get these guys to a place where they can line up properly.
How 'bout Tavon Austin running a deep crosser from the slot that led to an interception. I have questions. Why is Tavon on the field and in the slot instead of Jamal Agnew? Or Marvin Jones? Why is Luke Farrell lined up on the outside? Why do you design a play for a backup receiver instead of Jamal Agnew, who has been somewhat of a revelation catching passes over the last few weeks?
Where's Andre Cisco? This week, Urban Meyer told the media that they needed to get the man on the field at safety. He proceeded to play three total defensive snaps. This is a defense that's getting roasted in the passing game week in and week out, and you're leaving your most talented cover safety off the field. OKAY.
All this after your bye week ... Yikes.
Not Enough Talent
This falls on the coaching staff and the front office. The head coach and his staff played a massive part in talent acquisition this offseason. And they failed.
The Jaguars might have 11 quality starters if you're being generous. This offseason, they did some budget shopping on the free-agent market. And when it comes to the draft, let's just say it ain't looking good outside of Trevor Lawrence.
So, when you see guys that can't get the job done week in and week out, blame the coaching staff and front office. They had the confidence to roll this squad out, and they're simply not talented enough.
J-Rob Goes Down
James Robinson left the game in the first half with a foot injury and left the Jaguars' offense in shambles. He's not just a key piece for this offense; he is this offense. Without James Robinson, the Jaguars have nothing right now. He is the catalyst for everything good that happens on that side of the ball, and if he can't play, this team is toast. The Jags got good news on Monday morning: Robinson avoided significant injury and is day-to-day, so he could be good to go for week nine.
This goes back to talent evaluation and acquisition. Of the Jaguars' five primary defenders in the secondary, only one should be starting in the NFL, and that's Shaquill Griffin. The Jaguars gave him number one money this offseason, but in reality, he's a better CB2. Cornerback Tyson Campbell, the 33rd overall pick in the draft, has been horrible. Strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins, who you gave over $8 million per year in free agency, has been average at best and has cost the team with multiple boneheaded personal fouls. Free safety Andrew Wingard is a borderline 53-man roster player in the NFL. These dudes got torched by Geno Smith, Tyler Lockett, and DK Metcalf. There's no excuse for the lack of talent the Jaguars put on the field in the secondary every week.
One of the most concerning developments of this 2021 season for the Jaguars is Laviska Shenault's inability to step up as a starting receiver. DJ Chark hit the IR earlier this season, and Viska got his shot to show he can start in the NFL. He's struggled to separate and has displayed inconsistent hands. The 2020 second-round pick is trending more towards being a gadget player than a true starting receiver. Shenault caught just two passes for 13 yards on Sunday. On the bright side, he did get one carry out of the backfield and managed an impressive eight yards!
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