So much for all the good Jacksonville Jaguars juju from the offense's good showing against the New Orleans Saints last week. This week's loss 48-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens showed the team still has a lot of work to do --- a reality check, says Vito Stellino at Jacksonville.com.
Especially disconcerting was the defense's showing against Baltimore starting QB Joe Flacco, who left in the third quarter with a 20-3 lead. The Jags' first-team offense struggled mightily against the traditionally vaunted Ravens' 'D,' managing only one long, sustained drive (12 plays, 72 yards in the secondnd quarter) that ultimately netted only a field goal.
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey was upbeat about the beatdown, though.
"They uptempo-ed us and that’s good for us. We need that. We need to find out about ourselves. We need to do a better job tackling and we are working on our man coverage a little bit. Some guys are getting matched up with some of their guys and they did a great job with their passing game, getting guys to the voids where we were not there."
The Jaguars are still without holdout Maurice Jones-Drew, who had perhaps lost some contract leverage from the Jags' offense playing well up to last night. Maybe now the team will be in more of a hurry to get its star player back.