Re: The 2011 Jags
So, as we figured, the Jags did not get the ship righted against New Orleans. Too good of a team. I actually think most fans felt a little better about the team after the loss then they did going in. The score was 23-10. Not a blowout.
The things on fans minds afterwards:
1) What was Darryl Smith thinking? Smith intercepts a ball from Brees at about the 25 and the only person between the goal line and Smith is Brees. And Smith runs out of bounds!! Holy crap. Jags only scored 3
2) We saw glimpses of our (hopefully) future QB. Gabbert looked pretty good in the first half (not as much in 2nd). And the TD toss he made was the kind we never saw from Garrard or Leftwich.
3. We probably need a new punter. We have the oldest player in the NFL punting and it's not working.
4. What the hell is going on with the coaches. One week after going ultra-conservative, the Jags go pass happy. 42 tosses. And our best weapon on offense Jones-drew gets 11 carries for 84 yards. 11 carries. It's almost as if coaches were saying "ok, complain about not passing enough... this will shut them up". Here's a thought: How about a balanced approach?
5. Garrard finally got a call from a team. He said no. My sofa is really comfy. Confirms what the talk here had been. He lost the will to play. It showed in preseason games and practices and everyone knew it.
6. Now the interesting thing about losing the passion, is that there is a lot of speculation that the same thing has happened to Del Rio. We have 2 Sports talk stations in town, with competing shows in afternoon drive time. One is usally more "happy-talk". The second is Pete Prisco (from CBS). He talks about his sources inside the stadium.
His sources had told him that the Jags were not happy with Garrard over the last year or so. He's now saying there is a lot of internal squabbling going on within the coaching ranks. He thinks Del Rio himself has lost the drive and is ready to move on. Jags have a bye week after week 8 and there's talk there might be a change then, unless the team turns it around.
For that to happen, the offense has to get going. And we need to get a little healthier since we don't have great depth. Gabbert needs to improve week to week, the offense needs to become balanced and unpredictable.
And we need to get a few guys healthier. Aaron Kampman hasn't played a game yet. (Next week looks like the week), Tyson Alualu is nursing a sore knee, Eugene Monroe has a sore shoulder.
This week, like Carolina, is a game that can go either way. But this week all you Bengals followers can weigh in on what you saw in Jax.