Jaguars Superlatives: Week 13 Edition
In case you’ve missed the last several weeks of Jaguars football, let me fill you in on what’s happened nearly every week: our defense plays well except for allowing 1-2 big plays per game and the offense shits the bed. That’s how it’s been since this losing streak began and that’s how it will be for the rest of the season because we aren’t a good football team. This week against Denver was the same as weeks past and resulted in ANOTHER loss to a backup QB. With all that out of the way, let’s get into it.
Stud of the Week: The Defense
Every week, I really want to single someone on this unit out and talk about how well they’ve performed. Recently, I’ve realized that I can’t do that because of the success of this unit as a whole. Every play, multiple people play out of their minds. Malik Jackson, Paul Posluszny, Telvin Smith and Jalen Ramsey shine nearly every play while Prince Amukamura, Tashuan Gipson and others keep doing their jobs well. There’s no way I can bring myself to single out anyone here, so I’ll just keep referring to the Defense as the Stud of the Week because that’s only fair.
There is no way we should lose a game where the defense performed like this. Rookie QB Paxton Lynch (yeah, he’s not good, but the point is still valid) was held to 104 yards on 24 attempts with a 50% completion rating. Despite only being sacked twice, he was consistently under pressure and unable to make anything happen on offense. The Broncos couldn’t run the ball well, although backup Kapri Bibbs was able to get loose for a 25-yard run. Lead back Devontae Booker averaged 1.9 YPC on 18 attempts and could do nothing all game. If only this insane defense had a competent offense to back it…
Dud of the Week: Blake Bortles
To all the Blake apologists out there, I know what you’ll say. “How can you blame Bortles for a game where he had no help from the running game against one of the best defenses in the NFL?” Well, the answer is pretty simple, actually. I can blame him because he isn’t playing well. All you had to do, Blake, was not turn it over. That’s all. And yes, 1 interception was on Allen Robinson (we’ll get to him later). But the pick-6 was 100% on you, Blake! Pressure or no pressure, you cannot make that throw. The fumble? Also on you. Again, you got hit, and that’s obviously a problem, but overall, it was still your fault that we lost that possession. Sloppy play supplemented by garbage-time yardage doesn’t cut it. You weren’t that good last season, but I’ll take that over this awful football any day. Hey, Blake, just be happy there is no surefire QB in this draft class.
Most Frustrating Jaguar: Allen Robinson
I didn’t know what to call the column, so I’m just going to rant a bit. Allen Robinson has been victim to a countless amount of missed penalties this season. I don’t know how these things aren’t getting called, but they just aren’t. This week, he finally got pissed and was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after removing his helmet to yell at a ref. I get pissed every time I see him get mugged. I don’t care that much that he got penalized for yelling. I get almost as pissed as he does when it happens. You can say his temper-tantrum was immature or selfish or detrimental to the team, but it doesn’t frustrate me as much as seeing him get mauled by DBs on a consistent basis.
What DOES frustrate me is watching him not give 100%. He is not playing close to the level of A-Rob of 2015. Hell, he’s not playing close to A-Rob of earlier this season. Blake’s first interception on Sunday was a direct result of A-Rob not giving enough effort to make a simple catch. He also gets caught running lazy routes several times a game. I hate hearing how he calls the refs frustrating when he’s not giving 100% every single snap. Anyone who has ever played sports has been told to fix your own mistakes before you start blaming other people. While there definitely is shared blame here, Robinson needs to give these games his all before he can whine to the press.
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