Week 11 The Buzz about the Jaguars

Week 11 The Buzz about the Jaguars

The first two weeks, it was great doing The Buzz, now it just sucks having to scroll down and down and down to find us. What’s “interesting” is to see who blames what part of the team. None of the rankers looked at the two halves of the game, which is good and bad I suppose. The first half would’ve dropped us to 32, but the second half up to 10th. The average score was a 23.

Comments in * are mine.

NFL

25 – Previous rank: No. 24

Listened to Doug Marrone after the Jags’ 29-26 loss to the Colts on Sunday. Marrone sounded less like a man defeated and more like a coach who wants to keep his locker room engaged. At 3-6, it would be easy for them to mail it in for the rest of the season. Yet, the Texans are far from unbeatable in the AFC South, while Jacksonville still carries the most talented roster in the division. The more concerning aspect of their record is the 0-3 division standing. What’s really odd about the Jags is that, while the elements that figure into their equation for success (ground game + solid defense = grind-it-out wins) were ready and healthy in Indy, the passing offense was actually what kept them in stride with the Colts. Blake Bortles threw a strike to Rashad Greene to extend a potential go-ahead drive, only to watch Greene put the ball on the carpet. Ruled down by contact, the replay booth overturned the call and Jacksonville flew home with a loss. Next up: Steelers.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

High: 18

Low: 23

Last Week: 18

Week 10 Result: Lost at Indianapolis, 29-26

The Jacksonville Jaguars—once upon a time—ranked inside the top five in these power rankings.

Given how they’ve played over the last month-plus, that’s hard to believe.

Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts completes a five-game implosion that has taken the Jaguars from a 3-1 Super Bowl contender to a 3-6 pretender who now sits three games back of the Texans with a head-to-head loss to Houston.

The Jaguars are done. There isn’t going to be any trip to Atlanta. Or a trip to the playoffs.

The offense has been wildly inconsistent and prone to mistakes and turnovers. The supposedly stout defense has allowed at least 24 points in four of their last five games.

“This was it,” Davenport said. “Jacksonville’s last stand. A final chance to revive their lagging playoff hopes. Instead, Rashad Greene’s fumble in Indianapolis territory late was the perfect metaphor for this mess of a season. One more turnover. One more mistake. One more unforced error by a team that refuses to get out of its own way.”

Now, the Jaguars slot outside the top-20.

And they earned that ranking.

ESPN

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

Week 10 ranking: 19

Defining stat: 8. The Jaguars have forced only eight turnovers through nine games. That ranks 25th in the league and puts them on pace to finish with 14 — which would be less than half of their total from 2017. The defense feasted on turnovers last season, finishing second in the NFL with 33, and scored an NFL-high seven defensive touchdowns. Those kind of big plays have been pretty rare this season — the Jaguars have scored just one defensive TD, and that came in the season opener — and it hasn’t helped a limited offense that hasn’t shown it’s capable of consistently putting long drives together. — Mike DiRocco

CBS

team logo26 They are the biggest flop of this season. From Super Bowl contender to 3-6 is not a good look for the coaching staff. ↓1 3-6-0

*that took a lot of thought*

MMQB

20. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-6)

Last Week’s rank: 18
Points in poll: 108
Highest-place vote: 15th (2)
Lowest-place vote: 25th
Last week: Loss at Indianapolis, 29-26
Next week: vs. Pittsburgh

*This took even more brain power and needed multiple people’s input. I need this gig*

The Score

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

Previous Rank: 20

Currently last in the AFC South, Jacksonville’s shocking decline has been one of the top stories of the season. It doesn’t look like things will get better anytime soon. – Alessandrini

*some people shouldn’t put their name on these things, it’s embarrassing the lack of thought put in them*

Athlon Sports

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last week: 24

 

Doug Marrone has to be feeling the heat after going from the AFC title game to absolute afterthought the next season. Already some indications of blowing part of this roster up.

*what indications? The team has been decimated by injuries, the changes we’ve seen are filling holes from them. Trading Fowler wasn’t blowing the roster up, he wasn’t going to be around net season anyway.*

 

Week 8 Jacksonville Jaguars Power Rankings – the Buzz isn’t great

Week 8 Jacksonville Jaguars Power Rankings

As expected, the Buzz around the Jaguars is more like a tree of cicadas. If you’re from the South, you know it’s not a good sound. They’re loud and drown out other noises, in a bad way. Week 8 Jacksonville Jaguars Power Rankings aren’t great.

Bleacher Report

This week: 16

High: 15

Low: 18

Last Week: 11

Week 7 Result: Lost vs. Houston 20-7

Remember when the Jacksonville Jaguars were good?

Neither do we.

The same Jaguars that were inside the top five in these rankings not too long ago are now in full-on implosion mode after losing at home to the Texans on Sunday.

This marks three straight weeks that the Jaguars have been blown out. Three straight weeks that the Jacksonville offense has been atrocious. And three straight weeks that the supposedly stout Jaguars defense has looked anything but.

Over the last three games, Jacksonville has been outscored 90-28—including a staggering 57-0 in the first half. Blake Bortles was benched Sunday after fumbling twice. And per ESPN.com’s Michael DiRocco, several jaguars players were yelling at one another in the locker room after the game.

Davenport thinks critical mass has been reached.

“This team’s gone from Super Bowl contender to looking like they won’t even make the playoffs. The quarterback play is hot garbage, players are losing their cool with one another and the run game barely cracked three yards a carry Sunday. Next week’s game in London is a must-win for the Jags and Eagles—the loser’s Super Bowl aspirations are all but toast.”

*not sure why very few ever mention the laundry list of injuries the offense has been dealt, while lamenting other teams ailments as excuses.*

Sporting News

21. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-4 (last week: 18)

They have one impressive win against the Patriots, but then it’s just the Giants and Jets and four bad losses. The Jaguars are being sucked of their energy, and they need to regain it fast.

Pro Football Talk

22. Jaguars (3-4; No. 17): This is the closest the Jaguars may come to playing a playoff game in London.

*week after week, Florio writes such garbage*

ESPN

Need more from:QB Blake Bortles. Doug Marrone announced that Bortles will be the starter for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, and in order to hold on to his job, Bortles will need to hold on to the football. The Jaguars have committed the second-most turnovers in the league, with 17. Bortles has accounted for 11 of those, which is tied for the most in the NFL. — Shah

NFL.com

23

Previous rank:No. 15

This isn’t funny anymore. If I ran the Jags, I would call up Terrell Owens and ask him how much he wants for that hyperbaric chamber he employed to get ready for Super BowlXXXIX. Then I would grab a Ford F-150 or Toyota Tundra from one of the offensive linemen (that’s usually what those dudes drive, save for the oddball Jetta-owning center) and haul that sucker over to Leonard Fournette‘s house. This offense is D.O.A without its stud tailback. Blake Bortlesfrittered away all the chill vibes from his strong showing in the playoffs, fumbling twice Sunday before getting benched. Keelan Colelent his quarterback a helping hand(s) — by not using his.

 

*Elliot Harrison is fast becoming the best analyst worth reading out there*

CBS Sports

23

Jaguars

They are a mess right now. Can they turn it around? It won’t be easy against the Eagles in London as Blake Bortles stays on as the quarterback. 6 3-4-0

Business Insider

16. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record:3-4

Last week:13th

Week 7 result:Lost to the Texans, 20-7

Week 8 opponent:vs. Philadelphia Eagles (in London)

One thing to know:The Jaguars’ offense is in free fall, putting up just 10 points over the past two weeks combined. The team is so desperate for a spark that quarterback Blake Bortles was benched late in the game on Sunday in favor of Cody Kessler.


The Jaguars are between 16th and 23rd. Some have us behind the Titans, some don’t. Bottom line is, about everyone is blaming Bortles which is the nature of the beast – get all the glory, get all the finger pointing. The blame is somewhere in between.

Bortles can’t carry a team. It’s as simple as that. For his price, he was good enough with the right pieces around him. The power rankings will continue to stay mid to lower pack unless the offense gets rolling – defense allowing 90 points in three weeks, be damned.

There were more rankings, but why keep harping on the same thing?

GO JAGS!

The Buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars

This week, the buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars is more like streaks of, what was that?! Reader beware, some of these reviews aren’t exactly gold stars, but a few would make good locker room conversation.

CBS Sports

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Jaguars

Blake Bortles can’t play like he did in Kansas City or they won’t be a playoff team – no matter what. 5 3-2-0

*tough to argue with this*

Business Insider

Record: 3-2

Last week: 3rd

Week 5 result: Lost to the Chiefs, 30-14

Week 6 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: In what could have been a preview of the AFC Championship, the Jaguars defense couldn’t contain Patrick Mahomes and the potent Kansas City offense. Jacksonville will have to be ready should there be a postseason rematch.

*this isn’t really true. The defense kept Mahones from throwing a TD and intercepted him, twice. When the Jags offense turns the ball over 5 times, that means more time Mahones had. Blaming the defense is just wrong. Even still, they had a chance to win the game, if not for those costly red zone turnovers.*

NFL.com

Previous rank: No. 3

Blake Bortles tossed 430 yards worth of passes on Sunday, shades of the Allen Boys days. Shades of classic Bortles, too: The QB’s five giveaways were enough to declaw the Jags. Jacksonville’s defense knew it would have its hands full all day with the Chiefs‘ explosive offense. Actually, the unit fared alright, creating turnovers and limiting Patrick Mahomes on third down, while twice being put in bad positions by an offense that couldn’t hold onto the ball. The missing element that could assist both the quarterback and Doug Marrone’s defensive unit? He’s probably in a cold tub at this very moment, nursing a bum hamstring.

*true, but they also need a healthy offensive line and maybe receivers who can be consistent? IS it the bye yet?*

Bleacher Report 

6. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)

Jaguars signal-caller Blake Bortles tossed four picks—two in the red zone in a nightmarish performance despite his 430 passing yards. Mahomes threw two interceptions and logged his only score on a four-yard run in the first quarter.

*no comment and not much of a drop*

Sporting News

7. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-2 (last week: 4)

The Jaguars are chameleons because of their different play on the road, especially Bortles. The defense doesn’t go into a slump, but Bortles can’t regress when the running game is no longer automatic.

*assuming he means regressing, as in tossing picks, because he did throw 2 TD’s and over 400 yards. I’ll take that last part every week. Oh, and last year, we won on the road like warriors.*

ESPN

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 3-2
Week 5 ranking: 3

Rest-of-season SOS ranking:17th. The Jaguars’ toughest game left on the schedule is actually this Sunday when they travel to face the Cowboys, where FPI gives Jacksonville a 44 percent chance to win. The Jaguars are 5-2 since the start of last season, including the playoffs, in games as the FPI underdog. — Koontz

USA Today

8. Jaguars (4): Dr. Blake has an impressive 818 passing yards over the past two games, though Mr. Bortles’ six turnovers more than offset his better half.

*no comment*

Pro Football Talk

7. Jaguars (3-2; No. 5): Jalen Ramsey does great against receivers, but he struggles against return specialists.

*Hey, Jalen, Mike Florio threw some serious shade at ya, bro. (again). I believe after the word idiot, is his mug.*

PFT gets the FU award for the week.

 

The Buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars from around the NFL

the buzz about the jaguars

The Buzz about the Jacksonville Jaguars

Each week we will give you a look around the NFL on where they rank/grade the Jags. Today, the Jaguars are the cream of the AFC crop. Sports Illustrated is at the bottom. Enjoy!

He obviously didn’t watch game because that interception went off his receiver’s hands. If he means he Bortled because it was dumb luck (like one off a cleat), then yes, he Bortled.

#2 Previous rank5

The Jags authored a freaking statement in Florida on Sunday. Jacksonville dominated the first half against the Patriots, then suffocated Tom Brady and the offense when it had to, i.e., when Blake Bortles— who was otherwise quite effective — pulled a Bortles with an ill-timed turnover. Following Bortles’ interception early in the fourth quarter, New England was threatening to claw within one score — when the AFC’s deepest defensive group showed up. Dante FowlerJr., who missed all of his rookie year with a knee injury and who is often viewed as an afterthought among his uber-talented teammates, tore around the edge, pulling off the pass rusher’s hat trick: the sack, the strip and the recovery. People had better start giving Doug Marrone the same kinds of props the Sean McVays of the world get.

The Washington Post

#2. Last Week’s Rank: 5

The Jaguars clearly were the better team Sunday against the Patriots, signaling that they are here to stay as a top AFC contender following last season’s playoff run. When QB Blake Bortles plays like he did Sunday, the Jaguars are next to impossible to beat. But can he play consistently well?

USA TODAY

#1 Previous rank: 5

1. Jaguars: Took NFL royalty to the woodshed — their 11-point defeat of New England wasn’t really that close — without injured Leonard Fournette’s help.

ESPN

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

2018 record: 2-0
Week 2 ranking: 5

The Jaguars knocked off the defending AFC champion Patriots at home, and they now have won six straight games in Jacksonville by an average of 15.7 points per game. That is their longest home win streak since winning six straight in 2005-06, and they get to host the Titans in Week 3. — Joey Koontz

Bleacher Report

#3, Last week 5.

There’s no question which NFL team had the most impressive outing of Week 2.

It’s not just that the Jacksonville Jaguars avenged last year’s AFC Championship Game loss with an 11-point win over the Patriots at home. It’s how the Jaguars did it—and the fact that the game wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

With Leonard Fournette sidelined by a bad hammy, the Jaguars went with a pass-heavy approach that featured lots of quick throws. The result was a huge outing for Blake Bortles, who scorched the Patriots for 377 yards and four scores.

Jacksonville’s defense was, well, Jacksonville’s defense. Tom Brady was held to 234 passing yards with two touchdowns and a lost fumble, and Jalen Ramsey relegated star tight end Rob Gronkowski to milk carton status—two catches for 15 yards.

This was a statement game in every sense of the word, and the statement it sent was clear…

The Jaguars are the best team in the AFC.

Sporting News

2. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-0 (last week: 5)

The Jags dropped a big statement in dragging down the Patriots. They are the new AFC heavyweights with an offense and defense built to go at least as deep as it did last season.

CBS

 A grade

Jaguars fans were probably having flashbacks to the AFC Championship game when Jacksonville took a 24-10 lead into the fourth quarter on Sunday, but unlike January, the Jags didn’t blow it this time thanks to Blake Bortles. The Jaguars quarterback threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns and arguable outplayed Tom Brady. One big reason the Jags were able to pull off the upset is because they converted 10 of 14 on third down, which kept Brady and the Patriots offense off the field.

 

And now a quick spin around the internet to see what people are saying about YOUR Jacksonville Jaguars:

ESPN’s Michela DiRocco wrote about how Tony Khan enjoys finding free agent gems

“The Jacksonville Jaguars‘ senior vice president of football administration and technology was calling cornerback Tre Herndon and his agent, hoping to convince the former Vanderbilt player to sign as a free agent. Even though it would be an uphill battle to make a roster that already included All-Pro cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and former first-round pick D.J. Hayden, Herndon agreed.  Herndon eventually made the 53-man roster and has played 33 snaps on special teams, with one solo tackle and an assist in the Jaguars’ victories against the Giants and Patriots.”–Michael DiRocco

Gene Frenette from Florida Times-Union wrote about greater media presence around Jags nowadays

“Myles Jack was returning to his locker Sunday after getting a shower following a 31-20 victory over the New England Patriots. He scanned the chaotic room full of reporters, and began talking out loud so everyone could hear.
“We got a lot of new media in here,” said Jack, the Jaguars third-year linebacker. “You weren’t expecting to be in this locker room, huh?” Then he paused, adding: “They weren’t here last year. They weren’t here two years ago either. But they’re here today.”
Jack’s spot-on assessment of the Jaguars’ locker room scene — in the aftermath of their first victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty — was a telling sign of how much the narrative for this previously ignored franchise is changing.”–Gene Frenette

Keelan Cole has quickly become the Jags’ go-to receiver now

“Now, in his second season, Cole has the confidence of a savvy veteran and is quickly becoming the go-to receiver for the Jaguars (2-0).

Cole had seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 31-20 victory against New England on Sunday. He delivered the most impressive catch of his career and quite possibly the best one in the NFL this season, a one-handed grab down the sideline that prompted TV analyst Tony Romo to compare him to Odell Beckham.”–via Associated Press and USA Today

Sports Illustrated

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0)

Last Week’s rank: 6
Points in poll: 250
Highest-place vote: 1 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 3 (1)