Jacksonville Jaguars fans saw their team's defense struggle against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night. The team as a whole gave up more than 600 yards of offense by the Ravens in their 48-17 loss. Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco went 27-for-36, passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars defense also allowed 138 rushing yards in the game.
The biggest concern from the evening was some of the coverage and the tackling on the defensive side of the football, namely containing Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who shredded the Jaguars defense. Smith ended the half with eight receptions for 103 yards and basically did whatever he wanted.
Poor tackling and other blown coverages is what led to the Jaguars losing so badly. Despite all of that, Crow believes that quarterback Blaine Gabbert left a decent impression.
Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert came back down to early a little bit with his 11-for-21 performance with 117 passing yards, but still has yet to throw an interception. Gabbert was sacked once on a play where he really had no chance, but other than that once again stood tall in the pocket and made quick decisions. Gabbert was accurate for the most part on the night, suffering a couple of drops, but also missed on some throws to his wide receivers.
The Jaguars play their final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 30 against the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.