Another loss is on the books for the Jags. In my mind, this is almost as demoralizing for fans as the San Diego game. Fans expect the team to compete every single game, no matter who you’re against or what the conditions are. That’s been one of the few positives during the Gus Bradley tenure: teams wanted to win but either didn’t have the talent or the ability to win those games. This week, the team didn’t act like they cared about this game at all, and that is possibly the most disappointing thing about this loss.
Fans should not be asked to put up with this kind of showing. The 0-7 Cleveland Browns look like they care more about their games than we do about our own, despite having a roster with significantly less talent than ours does. This was supposed to be our season, the season where the “process” finally showed results. The off-season hype was INSANE. Our free agents and draft picks have almost all looked like solid additions (we’ll get to some of those guys later) and this team was primed to be successful. So where are the results?
Look, I’m not going to call for a complete gutting of the staff in Week 7. I try not to overreact like most of the Reddit community. But honestly, if the team has ONE more game like this in the entire season, I will probably be fine with the coaches being fired. I’m not talking about a bad box score; I’m talking about a game where it is blatantly clear that we aren’t making a good enough effort to show up. Most good coaches wouldn’t settle for one of these games, but Jags fans have already had to settle for 2 in 6 games. So, Gus, Greg, Todd and every other coach on the team, get your stuff together. The fans are waiting.
Now that my rant is done, let’s get to some actual Superlatives.
Stud of the Week: CB Jalen Ramsey
I’m honestly running out of things to say about this kid. He’s just unreal. He was assigned to primarily cover Raiders’ star WR Amari Cooper and allowed 4 catches for 29 yards to Cooper. Sure, Prince Amukamura forgot that he was allowed to cover Michael Crabtree on the other side of the field, but against a stud like Cooper, you can’t ask for much better from Ramsey than what he gave.
Some people may ask if it’s right to put someone who was ejected from the game as a Stud of the Week. Ramsey’s ejection came when the game was long gone from reach and Ramsey was clearly just angry with the results of the whole game. However, I also think that his dominance relies a lot on his physicality (which Alshon Jeffery took advantage of early in the Bears game) and his confidence as a player. In a game where there’s no real chance of winning, I’m honestly fine with Ramsey getting physical to keep his reputation up. While it would have been nice for him to not be ejected and assert his dominance without the ejection, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
Dud of the Week: CB Prince Amukamura
One side of the field was dominated by Jalen Ramsey; the other side was dominated by Raiders’ WR Michael Crabtree, mostly due to Amukamura’s inability to cover him throughout the day. Crabtree finished the game with 96 yards on 8 receptions, including a 56-yard bomb when the game was still winnable. That 56-yarder set up a 2-yard touchdown by, you guessed it, Crabtree to give the Raiders an even bigger cushion before the half. Amukamura has been up and down all season long, but this has been his worst performance in the Teal and Black to date. I do think he will recover and do well this week, but he is the biggest player to blame for the Week 7 loss.
Boneheaded Mistake of the Week: DL Malik Jackson
Jackson has taken a bit of heat for his ejection this week. He was ejected after saying something to a ref that probably wasn’t too pleasant, which gave him his second personal foul of the game and a free trip to the locker room for the rest of the afternoon. It was an incredibly careless move that shouldn’t be tolerated.
Jackson’s ejection was a bit different than Ramsey’s. It came earlier in the game, before it truly felt over. His was also less provoked by the other team and was just…dumb. Fights happen naturally, but yelling at a ref is just stupidity. Sure, neither should happen, but I’m a bit more accepting of a player fighting to make his presence known than a guy yelling at the referee. Get it together, Malik, your dumb move cost your team a lot.
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