Meyer's Jaguars are 0-4. The rookie head coach just went viral for, well, you probably know. If you don't, just look it up. Meyer skirted the media and his team, essentially apologizing for being a distraction. Of course, a second video was released that showed him touching a woman's backside, rendering his initial explanation of the situation, let's say, inaccurate. More disturbing: In an unprecedented move, Meyer failed to fly back with his team — a group of men that was, in his words, "heartbroken" over their second-half collapse at the hands of the Bengals. Meyer also canceled team meetings on Monday due to the fallout of the viral video. The cherry on top? On multiple occasions this week, Meyer has placed all the burden on his captains, essentially saying they're the ones who need to get the team ready to take on their arch-rival, the Tennessee Titans, in week five. Urbs, you're the head coach. It's quite literally your job to get this team ready to play.
Through the first three weeks of the season, edge rusher Josh Allen registered nine quarterback pressures and two sacks. He wasn't exactly dominating up front, but he was certainly making a positive impact for the Jaguars. But in prime time against the Bengals, Allen didn't generate any pressure. ZERO pressures on 24 pass rushes. He indeed held his own when dropping into coverage, and he did deflect a Joe Burrow pass at the line of scrimmage. He wasn't wholly ineffective by any stretch. But Allen didn't do anything in the pass rush department, which should be his primary focus. For the Jaguars' defense to compete, Josh Allen needs to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Jack hasn't had the start to the season I expected. Part of the problem could be that he's somewhat miscast in a 3-4 scheme. His most natural position is as a 4-3 weakside linebacker. The fact that he's the one communicating the calls with the rest of the defense could also be causing Jack to overthink things. We've seen this from Jack before. Whatever the reason, Myles Jack is struggling. Against the Bengals, he was either entirely or partially responsible for three massive chunk plays for the opposing offense. His eyes continued to lie to him when the Bengals ran play-action, which led him out of position against crossing routes. Jack needs to regain his focus and play closer to his potential if this defense has any chance of improving down the stretch.
Laviska Shenault Jr.
You hate to see DJ Chark, a talented and hard-working player, go down with another injury. But it opened up the door for second-year wide receiver Laviska Shenault against the Bengals. Shenault racked up 99 yards on six catches, including a 52-yard bomb from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. With Chark headed to the IR thanks to a fractured ankle, Viska will be a major part of the Jaguars' offensive attack moving forward. He was explosive and efficient in week four, averaging 16.6 yards per catch and hauling in six of seven targets. Ready or not, Viska is about to become one of the focal points of this offense. It's his time to shine. On Wednesday, Urban Meyer said he'd like to get Shenault the ball ten or more times per game.
Did I mention Trevor Lawrence's 52-yard bomb? That wasn't his only highlight on Thursday Night Football. Lawrence turned in his top performance of the season, accumulating 240 total yards, a rushing touchdown, and committing zero turnovers. Those stats don't exactly pop off the page, but thanks to Lawrence, the Jaguars' offense was efficient, precise, and on schedule. Considering it was just his fourth game as a pro, Lawrence looked advanced in his pre and post-snap command of the offense. He was more accurate with the ball, completing 71% of his passes, and put the team on his back with his ability to pick up chunks of yards with his legs.
The Jaguars' pass defense is a mess. But don't blame Shaquill Griffin. In week three, he followed DeAndre Hopkins all over the field. He held one of the game's most dangerous weapons to just 21 yards. In week four, Griffin remained hot. He allowed just three completions for 16 yards on six targets in primary coverage. The $13 million man is beginning to look like a shutdown cornerback. At the very least, he can be a quality starter on the outside for these Jaguars. The rest of the cornerback room, well, not so much.
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