Can I Get a Feeling
…that is not an over- or under-reaction. Yes, the first team offense and defense looked bad. It is ok to feel worried about that. Yes, the game does not count in the standings, it is ok to not get too down over the result that is largely inconsequential. Stay somewhere in the middle. Easier to rise and easier to fall that way.
The left side of the line (LT Kelvin Beachum and LG Luke Joeckel) looked predictably uncomfortable, either from working in game action for the first time in a while or at a new position. All of this against a pretty good defensive front. We will see if the coaching staff elects to give them some run on Thursday due to the lack of experience together. Or, we might learn that they have seen enough from that experiment.
The coaching staff got worked by Marvin Lewis and company. The offense had difficulty establishing rhythm and never took advantage of the downfield passing game, despite Bengals CB Adam Jones suffering an injury in warmups that kept him from playing and safety being a cause of concern for Cincinnati this year. Defensively, WR AJ Green barely played due to an injury himself, but the Bengals ran and screened their way up and down the field. Granted, the defense spent much of the first half on the field, but were susceptible to both big plays and third down conversions. The Jaguars were completely out-schemed.
Can I Get a (Good) Feeling
The backups came in and lit it up, scoring 23 unanswered points to lead to Jaguars to a come from behind “win”. All this really does is ensure that the Jaguars will not go winless in the preseason, which certainly would have lead to even more extreme hot takes about the state of the franchise.
”We played bad at every position and usually that is what happens when you play bad: you do not score a lot of points.” – Blake Bortles to SNF on NBC sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya. At least he did not try to sugar coat it. Now what is he going to do about it?
Jacksonville travels to Atlanta to tangle with the Falcons on Thursday night in the preseason finale. Some will watch, but most are counting down the days until September 11.