The nicest moment on a depressing night for Jaguars fans in Jacksonville came when they showed owner Wayne Weaver on the Jumbotron.
The fans stood as one and applauded Weaver for bringing pro football to town. This was his national television send-off, with the sale of the team expected to become official next month.
1. It’s amazing how Philip Rivers looks healthy when he has all his weapons and gets a little protection. Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns on only 28 attempts. The old big play Chargers offense was back. He threw six different passes for more than 20 yards.
2. Malcom Floyd was back in the Chargers lineup and made a huge difference with four catches for 108 yards. It was the first game since Week One when Floyd, Vincent Jackson, and Antonio Gates all were healthy together.
3. The Chargers are still technically alive in the playoff race at 5-7. Seeing the offense play like this has to be frustrating for Chargers fans. It’s easy to imagine the Chargers beating Buffalo next week and getting people talking about a possible December run. But the offensive line and defensive problems won’t go away for a month.
The Jaguars just didn’t have the weapons to make San Diego pay on Monday night.
4. You know it’s a bad sign for Blaine Gabbert when Jon Gruden is criticizing him. Gruden said he needs to see more from Gabbert or he’d have to strongly consider drafting another quarterback next year. This is a point we’ve been making lately. The new CBA makes it much easier to bring in other options.
Gabbert’s final numbers didn’t look terrible because of a 48-yard shovel pass to Maurice Jones-Drew, but the rookie’s weaknesses showed up in a scoreless second half against a terrible defense. He still averaged under six yards-per-attempt. There’s zero pocket presence or accuracy. Nothing goes down the field. It’s not all about the lack of weapons.
5. Probably the most depressing thing we saw all night: A sign imploring the Jaguars to trade for Tim Tebow. It’s been that kind of year for the 3-9 Jaguars.