The Jaguars were Week Two’s biggest losers

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Last week, we chose the Chiefs as the biggest loser of Week One.  Kansas City probably deserves the honor again, but picking them in back-to-back weeks seems overly cruel.

I considered a number of teams for this week’s worst loss. Minnesota gagging a 17-point lead at home was in the mix. Miami’s absolute inability to win at home deserved consideration. Colts fans collectively lost hope Sunday.

Ultimately, no team fell harder in Week Two than the Jacksonville Jaguars.   (We considered not going with the Jaguars because Jag’ fans oddly think PFT doesn’t “like” the team. But that’s true with a dozen squads and passing would be like letting the terrorists win.)

Heading into the day, there was still hope that perhaps Luke McCown could do for the Jaguars in 2011 what David Garrard did for them in 2007.  In just 19 passes against the Jets, McCown threw more picks (four) than Garrard did for all of 2007 (three).

McCown said he only made physical mistakes, and he did miss some passes wildly.  He also didn’t seem to read coverages and made poor decisions during the 32-3 beatdown in New York.

The Jaguars were underdogs in the game, but that’s not the point.  This game reminded Jacksonville that the team can’t seem to compete against quality opponents.  Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union notes the Jaguars are 9-13 over their last 22 games. Just one of those wins came against a team with a winning record.  Too many of the losses were blowouts.

The presence of Blaine Gabbert gives the fanbase hope for the future, but 2011 wasn’t supposed to be about the future. Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith has built up this roster for three years pointing towards the 2011 season.  He spent huge money in free agency.  Del Rio probably won’t be around next year unless he wins now.

We know it’s a long season, but the ceiling with McCown appears limited. Mediocrity looms again.

There is a sinking feeling that the Jaguars have been through all this before, but this is not 2007. Luke McCown is not the 2007 version of David Garrard.

55 responses to “The Jaguars were Week Two’s biggest losers

  1. There is no way any Jaguars fan was as mad at their team as I was at the Vikings yesterday. They dominated the first half (e.g., 18-3 edge in first downs) and then completely collapsed in the second half. I understand it’s a work in progress, but that was easily the worst loss of the week.

  2. PFT doesn’t like the Jags? A bigger problem is Jacksonville doesn’t like the Jags…and that is why they are moving to L.A.

  3. Definitely the Colts.

    The Jags got stomped, but by one of the better teams in the league. The Chiefs were pathetic, but in the end they just were beaten worse than expected.

    But the Colts had a legitimate shot at beating a bad Browns team. A team they had to beat to even dream about possibly staying in contention this year long enough for a December return of Manning. And they couldn’t do it.

  4. The Jags are the biggest loser of this week and likely many more. The “pure football” b.s. that Del Rio spewed when saying Garrard had to go means he either knows zero about football, or is a terrible liar. I’m ready for him to go back to coaching defense positions on the west coast. Preferably in the NFC. I’m sick of his face.

  5. But this season was always about Gabbert, so if he steps in with them at 1-1 (tied for eighth overall in the league), I don’t think management is complaining. Garrard had to go, McCown has to realize he is a backup, and Gabbert has to run the team. They knew that 6 months ago, and they’re almost there.

  6. couldn’t go 10 comments without an LA comment, so original! Yesterday’s game was horrible, I think people are forgetting Garrard’s 4 interception game followed by a 3 interception game last season. I’m not making excuses for McCown because he played terrible yesterday, but I don’t think Garrard would be a better option and I’m okay with letting the rookie play.

  7. So it appears as if the sports Media does rule the NFL. Luke has a bad day and we need to bench him and replace him with the media darling QB who isn’t any better but the spin to protect Blaine will be in fullforce to make sure he doesn’t look bad.

  8. The worst loss of week 2 go to the Oakland Raiders hands down.

    The Raiders squandered a 21-3 Halftime lead and despite scoring 14 more in the second half, they still lost by 3.

    The collapse included allowing the Bills to score touchdowns on all 5 second half possessions, an NFL record, as well as giving up 25 first downs on those drives, second most behind the Cardinals 27 and the most since 1991.

    And to top it all off, the winning touchdown was caught by the Bills 4th WR on a busted assignment that left him wide open while 3 people tried to cover the back coming out of the backfield.

  9. I thought the Jags were building for 2013. You don’t draft a QB in the top ten on the final year of the building process. We’re patient. We could be Indy who has just lost their future.

  10. blueintown says:
    PFT doesn’t like the Jags? A bigger problem is Jacksonville doesn’t like the Jags…and that is why they are moving to L.A.

    How original, must have taken you all day to come up with that one.

  11. I don’t guess .500 is a winning record, but they beat the Titans last week who were 0-0. The Titans beat “best team in the AFC” on Sunday. With Broncos coming to Titan Town on Sunday, I suspect we’ll be a winning team at 2-1. Good luck Jags, can’t wait till Christmas Eve, Titan Santa will have a present for you on that afternoon! Go Titans!

  12. medtxpack says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:33 PM
    the only thing that couldve made it worse is if the Jags had to wear what the Jets were wearing…
    ================================
    I guess you dont recall the Broncos “throwback” jerseys of 2008. Or the Packers ones…or the Eagles lt. blue and gold ones.

    the N.Y. Titans jersey’s weren’t bad at all, and they keep using them every now and then.

  13. chowface86 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:36 PM

    They really need to consider bringing in Favre. Unreal that he isnt being talked about for the Jags.
    ====================================

    They have their QB of the future, and I can’t see the upside in making him wait on his development. Favre isn’t going to make them a playoff team, and he’s not going to make the Colts or Seahawks or anyone else a playoff team either. All he’ll do is cost you a big salary and give you a worse draft pick.

  14. But the Jags beat the Jets three out of the last four games. The stats don’t lie.
    I believe that was the call of the Jags fans before the game. Now…. Nothin’.
    If you posted previous scores of the Jags and Jets, don’t forget to add this to your list. Biggest Loser!!

  15. The Chiefs lost a game, their best player, their respect, and the locker room is now a soap opera. Nobody can top that. Seriously, it’s really hard to imagine the Chiefs were playing a home playoff game 9 months ago. I’ve never seen a team fall further faster.

  16. The worst loss of week 2 go to the Oakland Raiders hands down.

    The Raiders squandered a 21-3 Halftime lead and despite scoring 14 more in the second half, they still lost by 3.

    The collapse included allowing the Bills to score touchdowns on all 5 second half possessions, an NFL record, as well as giving up 25 first downs on those drives, second most behind the Cardinals 27 and the most since 1991.

    And to top it all off, the winning touchdown was caught by the Bills 4th WR on a busted assignment that left him wide open while 3 people tried to cover the back coming out of the backfield.

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    I disagree… while a disappointing loss… and one surely on the defense…. It was a loss that happened on less than 6 days preparation, after playing til 2 oclock in the morning in Denver and flying home, then flying completely cross country. Fact is, the Raiders have had big leads at the half in both games now, and for some reason, Breshnahan doesn’t think the other team is going to make any halftime adjustments, so he doesn’t make any. I put a lot of the blame on the players themselves, but I put more blame on Breshnahans scheme. That, and the defense’s inability to make the big play when needed… Tyvon should have just knocked down that pass that ended up being the 4th TD of the half, and Johnson should have held on to the pick in the endzone. Either way, bad loss, but not among the terrible yesterday. Jax and Minny definitely deserve honorable mentions, but KC has been outscored 89-10 in 2 games… and the simple fact is they don’t even resemble a division II school right now… and to add insult to injury, losing Charles for the year a week after they lost Berry for the year a week after they lost Moaki for the year… as a Raider fan, I almost feel sorry for the Chiefs… almost ….

  17. @tatum064

    i remember them all, i just dont fancy the Jets throwbacks and it fit with this story, and yes the Broncos and Eagles had the worst, the Pack’s throwbacks are pretty cool, although im bias.

  18. I feel like Miami got snubbed here.

    Bought up 10k unsold tickets to avoid a blackout, got dominated AGAIN, the head coach says he has no answers, Reggie Bush is still the starting running back, and you’re 2 games behind the Bills.

  19. Kansas City Chiefs. Not even close for biggest loser of the day. Jags loss is barely in the top five. The Seahawks were trying for their own “revenge” game against the Steelers and promptly laid an egg. The Raiders choked. The Niners coughed up a late lead. The Ravens fell to a non-contender, badly. But none outright stank like the Chiefs did. Okay, the Seachickens came close, but those Chiefs are horrible.

    And no, its not hard to believe they were a playoff team a year ago. What was hard to believe about that is they made the playoffs and not that they stink one year later. They weren’t a good team last year, they are definitely not a good team this year.

  20. Del Rio AND Gene Smith need to go.. i am amazed at all the love Gene Smith gets here in Jax. the man can’t draft a player unless hes from The Colorado School of Mines or The Little Sisters of The Poor..he is an arrogant SOB that thinks he knows more than every other scout/GM in the league..drafting little known players..derek cox perfect example..he knows squat! look at the talent on this team..top to bottom..one of worst in the league..no wrs after TRYING for YEARS to get one..how about just ONE!!!..about time he started getting some heat..del rio can only work with what he’s given..and he has Crap!

  21. It’s ok, Greg. As a Jaguars fan, I too am starting not to like them. Looking forward to Del Rio getting the axe and checking mock drafts for our next true receiver since #82!

  22. For once I totally agree with this site. The Jags are and will continue to be the biggest losers until Del Rio is gone. It’s that simple.

  23. I would have chosen the Seahawks. I am a Hawks fan, but we have made too many changes at key positions.

  24. We got killed, but it was at the hands of a perennial playoff team and we don’t have much hope for the playoffs. How has no one mentioned the Ravens? Playoff hopeful losing to the (still) 3rd place AFC South team…C’mon Ravens have to get it this week.

  25. David Garrard has thrown 4 picks in a game before.

    Why wasn’t that mentioned? Oh yeah! You wanted to make jerks of us.

    BTW – what is Tebow’s position on the depth chart????? I need an update PFT.

  26. Why don’t you just call it “the biggest loser except for the others that lost worse” post….

    If your going to call it the “biggest loser” post…then have some balls and just pick the biggest loser. The biggest loser was without question the KC Chiefs.

    Because they were aweful the week before doesn’t give them a pass dude. It makes it even worse.

  27. Gregg, Jags fans don’t care whether you “like” us or not (Letting the terrorists win??????), it’s just that you take swipes at the team, city and fans any chance you get….in this case the BIGGEST loser doesn’t fit….Look at KC or any team that blew a big lead…..Jags fans are not pleased this week, and don’t expect props, but your obvious bias is showing…

  28. Play the kid. The future is now. Nothing solves your ills quicker than better QB play.
    Anyone can look at Indy and tell what it is like when a good QB is no longer present.
    Garrard was not a good QB. Average at best.
    Most Jags fans were more than willing to deal with the unknown in McCown and the rookie looming in the background.
    If Gabbert can’t handle the pressure the team drafted the wrong guy. I think he’ll do just fine when he settles in. He studies, is smart and a great competitor.
    I really don’t know one other Jags fan who thought they were going to the playoffs this year. The future is now. If they have a low pick, they can get a stud wide receiver out of it.

  29. blueintown says:

    @jacksonvilledave Somebody’s a grumpy goose..

    LOL, wouldn’t you be? Actually I am feeling pretty good about the situation. I didn’t buy into the Del Rio Crap this year. Until he is gone Jags will be lucky to be .500. My problem is you saying we Jaguar fans don’t like the Jags, and they are on their way to L.A….With everything going on with this team Is that your best shot? C’mon man, we can take it. Even PFT comes up with something original everynow, and then.(We considered not going with the Jaguars because Jag’ fans oddly think PFT doesn’t “like” the team. But that’s true with a dozen squads and passing would be like letting the terrorists win.)

    See that’s good stuff, I hate PFT, but you can’t argue with them on this one.

    Just try to be an Original idiot is all I’m saying..

  30. “But that’s true with a dozen squads and passing would be like letting the terrorists win.”

    Jaguars fans were responsible for 9/11.

  31. blueintown says:
    Sep 19, 2011 6:18 PM
    @jacksonvilledave Somebody’s a grumpy goose..

    No, you are just ignorant.

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