Re: The 2011 Jags
Been swamped at work... just now getting head above water. The coaching lost this game. It's quite the topic here in Jax. It was a little bit like the first game, in which we completely dominated the Titans, yet because of the conservative coaching were close to losing the game.
Jags were the better team Sunday. Not way better, just better. But the coaches gave the game away. We had a 10-5 lead at half time and got the ball for the second half. 22 of our next 24 plays were runs. 22 of 24 !!!
And then there was a fiasco with the clock at the end of the game. Down by 5, the Jags completed a pass to the Panthers 35 with 32 seconds left and no time outs. Everyone who's seen more than 2 NFL games in their life knows you go to the line as quickly as possible and spike the ball.
But Gabbert went to the line, and starts barking out a play. They could have spiked at 23 seconds, but but by the time the clock hit 17 seconds, and the ball is being snapped, the replay officials call a time out to see if the ball is caught. (it was).
Now, when the officials rule it catch, the Jags are back in the huddle, the clock starts as soon as officials decide. The Jags think the clock starts when they snap the ball. So they get back to line and Gabbert sees clock moving but the center is calling out blocking assignments, and the ball doesn't get snapped until 4 seconds. One incomplete pass and game over.
Del Rio runs on field yelling at officials for starting the clock, because he didn't know the rule. Which explains why no one on Jags coaching staff was telling the team they had to snap ASAP after ruling.... they didn't know.
Gabbert not spiking was a replay of something that happened in preseason. So the coaches should have 1) talked to him about that after that game 2) have briefed the team as they started that last drive. "If we get a big gainer, we run to the line and spike it" Football 101.
Players repeating past mistakes (a sign of bad coaching) was also a problem with our rookie punt returner. Last week he fielded a punt inside the 10 which led to a safety. This week he did the same thing on the first drive which led to another safety, and did the same thing later in the game. You stand at the 10... if it goes over your head you let it go.... COACHING !!
There were many in town wondering if Del Rio would get the boot Monday. Obviously it did not happen. He did not endear himself to many when he said he would investigate why they were so conservative on offense. You're the head coach, if you are not actually directing the offense, contact the OC during the game!!
So.... the defense looked pretty good. Newton has thrown for over 400 in his first 2 games and they held him to 158. Defense only gave up 14 points. Gabbert looked pretty decent for 1st game.
Special teams looked like crap again. (except for our FG kicker who is great). Not only 2 punts fielded within 10 yard line, but Turk our punter kept punting into end zone instead of inside the 20. And on one punt he simply dropped the ball and got killed.
Jags don't figure to get healthy against the Saints, so they'll probably start 1-3. But fans need to see some change in what is happening with the coaching.