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Jaguars breakdowns have no easy answers

The Jacksonville Jaguars have played poorly on both sides of the ball, and there are no easy solutions to Jacksonville's problems.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars looked good on Sunday -- for exactly one half, as the Jaguars were tied with the Chicago Bears at 3-3 after the first half of play. The second half, however, was another story, as the Bears scored 38 points in the second half to decimate the Jaguars, 41-3.

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union had some sharp criticism of the Jaguars, noting that there are no easy solutions -- and that the team on the field is simply not good.

Right now, the Jaguars are a game-day disaster. A costume change to black jerseys did nothing against the Bears to alter a train heading in a bad direction. They have the look and feel of a football team that simply isn't good enough to sustain winning, which has always been Gene Smith's mission statement.

Frenette points out that both the offense and defense are at blame as well.

Just look at some of Sunday's game-changing plays, as well as ones that didn't materialize. Derek Cox gets an early interception in Bears territory, yet the offense goes three-and-out. Gabbert and receiver Justin Blackmonhave a miscommunication on a route down the left sideline, which turns into a Tillman 36-yard interception return. A pass goes off Maurice Jones-Drew's hands and right to Briggs for a salt-in-the-wound score.

In the decisive third quarter, the Jaguars' defense was on the field for 24 of the combined 28 snaps. So whether it's a fatigued defense or an inept offense, this franchise keeps finding new ways to add to its own misery.

The young Jaguars now enter a bye week in Week 6, as the Jags look to regroup. The Jaguars currently rank last in passing yards per game, and are the fourth-worst team against the rush.

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