No team has fewer sacks in the NFL than the Jacksonville Jaguars, so coach Mike Mularkey decided mix things up with his defensive line last weekend against the Chicago Bears. At end, he started Austen Lane in place of rookie Andre Branch. And at tackle, he replaced Terrance Knighton with C.J. Mosley.
The Jaguars got pummeled by the Bears, 41-3. They allowed 501 yards from scrimmage, but coach Mularkey was encouraged by his changes to the defensive line.
"C.J. played extremely well. . . . C.J. has made more plays when he's had the opportunity." Mosley, in his third year with the Jaguars, made five tackles on Sunday.
Lane added four tackles and the team's first sack in three weeks. Even though they allowed 214 rushing yards, Mularkey saw progress:
"In the run game, yes [there was improvement]. Austen is just seeing a lot more, and you can tell by his production in the run game. He was stouter."
Mularkey will go with Lane and Mosley again as his starters when the Jaguars take on the Oakland Raiders.