Rogue Reactions: Jags Can’t Sack the Pack

What Are We Feeling

Encouraged, disappointed, upset, angry and confused. Yes, the result from yesterday’s game, combined with the recent history of the Jaguars under head coach Gus Bradley and it only being week one have us here at RCR feeling the full range of emotions from yesterday to this morning. Did hanging with a perennial playoff team that is a frequent pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year lead to positive thoughts? Sure, certainly better than recent efforts against the upper echelon NFL teams. But at the end of the day, a loss is a loss.

Diving Deeper

There were bright spots. Blake Bortles made some throws. Receivers made some plays. The Jaguars consistently gambled on fourth down and for the most part it worked. Brad Nortman is a weapon. Jason Myers was perfect. The Jaguars secondary forced Aaron Rodgers to be as well.

There are still plenty of concerns. The defensive line still struggled to get pressure, and when it did, lost contain on Rodgers multiple times. The running game struggled to find consistency, and was plagued by tackles for loss. Not having Chris Ivory might have impacted that, but the inability for the offensive line to pick up all the Packers in the box was a little more concerning. We are still waiting for this team to get the killer instinct at the end of games. Watching on tv, the ads for the Ravens game feature the come from behind win in Baltimore last year. Wins like that have been few and far between under this regime, and until they do it, you wonder if even they believe they can.

What Next

Does the good performance fuel this team in practice this week and next Sunday? Or will this have an undesired snowball effect leading to another early season hole to dig out of in the standings? Will Chris Ivory be back and will that help the running game? Where is Myles Jack? Plenty of questions heading in to week two.

Quotable

“As you come in and calm down and look at it, we were able to compete with a top team in the NFL,” defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks said. “We had them. They got out of here by the hair on their [bottom].”

Hopefully this fuels this team, and does not deflate them.

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Next Up

Jacksonville travels to San Diego in search of win number one in a locale that has been tough in the past. The Jaguars have lost to the Chargers each of the last three seasons.