Yesterday, Duval desperately needed some positive energy. So, I broke down some quality week one performances in my "Stock Up" column. Today, it's time to face the music and look at the Jaguars whose stock is trending in the wrong direction.
It's time for Stock Down!
The Offensive Line
The Jaguars' offensive line wasn't atrocious in pass pro on opening Sunday, that is, outside of right guard AJ Cann, who had a complete meltdown, surrendering seven QB pressures. So, why is the entire offensive line trending down? Outside of left guard Andrew Norwell, who had a stellar performance, each of the Jaguars' offensive linemen had their issues in this one. Cann was a complete liability in pass protection, while left tackle Cam Robinson, center Brandon Linder, and right tackle Jawaan Taylor all picked up penalties that negated quality plays and put the Jaguars behind the sticks. This group needs to play smarter for the Jaguars to have a chance at establishing some offensive rhythm early in week two.
The Entire Coaching Staff
Illegal formation penalties, holding calls, not enough men, or sometimes too many on the field, inability to adjust schematically. All of these issues are signs of poor coaching, and the Jaguars' dealt with each of these problems on Sunday. The Jaguars' coaching staff needs to do a much better job preparing this team for week two. You can't have players that don't know where to line up. You can't have only ten guys on the field. You can't continuously get beaten by the same formation and route concepts without making adjustments. I have confidence in Urban Meyer's ability as a coach. And I feel the same way about Joe Cullen, Darrell Bevell, and the rest of the Jaguars' coaching staff. But week one was a massive whiff for all involved. They need to flip the script fast to avoid losing the locker room.
Unsurprisingly, Texans' offensive coordinator Tim Kelly knew precisely where to go with the football. He targeted Jaguars' rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell early and often. Campbell surrendered five completions for 80 and a score on five targets in primary coverage. Why did the Jaguars elect to trade their top cover man from a year ago just weeks before the start of the regular season? I have no earthly idea. But that cleared the way for Tyson Campbell to take over as the starting nickel cornerback. Campbell has struggled ever since and looks like a total liability for the Jaguars' defense. Veteran corner Tre Herndon could be back as early as week two, and when he returns, he might just find his way into the starting lineup.
Why the Jaguars elected to keep safety Andrew Wingard on the active roster over a guy like Jarrod Wilson is beyond me. Sure, he has some special teams value, but you have plenty of guys like that littered throughout the roster. Even more shocking, though, is the fact that the Jaguars' coaching staff decided to insert Andrew Wingard into the starting lineup. He was regularly out of position and struggled to keep up in coverage and in pursuit. The Jaguars desperately need to get rookie safety Andre Cisco into the starting lineup. He's looked the part all summer.
Swiper made it into the backfield on several occasions against the Texans, but once he got there, the young pass rusher looked lost. On one play, he had Tyrod Taylor dead to rights in the backfield TWICE and whiffed TWICE. Whether defending the run or pressuring the quarterback, Chaisson was incompetent trying to make plays in space. It's not time to give up on the 2020 first-rounder just yet. After all, he just turned 22 years old. But right now, he does not give the Jaguars the best chance to win. The Jags need to insert Jihad Ward into the starting lineup and put Chaisson in a rotational role.
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