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Chargers roll on depressing night in Jacksonville

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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.

There weren’t a lot of other reasons to cheer during a 38-14 loss to Chargers. The crowd was somewhat sparse to start the night, and practically empty by the end. Here’s what we learned:

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.

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65 Responses to “Chargers roll on depressing night in Jacksonville”
  1. atmedic8daily says: Dec 5, 2011 11:52 PM

    Tebow would’ve literally saved the franchise….for a few more years. Oh well!!!

  2. channingtaintum says: Dec 5, 2011 11:54 PM

    “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.”

    Yet he had nothing but high praise and admiration for him until he threw the late first half pick, as a 14-10 lead turned into a 24-14 halftime nightmare.

  3. trbowman says: Dec 5, 2011 11:55 PM

    Still trying to figure out why anyone is surprised by Gabbert.

    Same exact guy at Mizzou. Same horrific pocket presence.

    How much are Jacksonville’s scouts getting paid?

  4. iambadkid says: Dec 5, 2011 11:56 PM

    depressing is right, what has happened to the home team ever since green bay won 38-35 at new york the home team has sucked

  5. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 6, 2011 12:00 AM

    This Tebow crap just never ends. Honestly, I wonder what Elway would demand for Tebow. And how could he possibly justify trading his incredibly successful starting QB, especially if the Broncos make the playoffs? What a mess. Elway has done more smiling and nodding, but he still wants no part of Timmy Tebow. Meanwhile John Fox is having the time of his life, winning NFL games with a four-page playbook and a stout defense.

    And about the Jags: they are just terrible. I wonder how far down the BSC rankings you’d have to go to get to a team that would definitely lose to Jacksonville. Probably Boise State at number 7. I think Wisconsin at 10 could probably give the Jags a game.

  6. bradybbgoat says: Dec 6, 2011 12:09 AM

    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.

    Its amazing how Rivers looks healthy when he goes up against that Jags secondary. Yikes!

  7. swagjag says: Dec 6, 2011 12:09 AM

    You say depressing.. I say jockeying for Blackmon.

    And for the final time.. THE JAGS WERE NEVER GOING TO DRAFT TEBOW AT #10!!!! GET OVER IT!!!! So friggin’ annoying to hear that same garbage over and over again.

  8. dadsource says: Dec 6, 2011 12:09 AM

    Drove me nuts when we drafted this guy. When I watched his own highlight reel on youtube, I thought….DANG! Guy has way too much loft under the ball. No pocket presence, and no deep ball. This guy honestly is not very accurate. Bingo! Same player in J-ville. Tape doesn’t lie, and Del Rio and Smith passed over Tebow to ‘snub’ the city to show us ‘rubes’ that we don’t know football, leave it to the experts. Well, Del Rio is gone, Smith may be too, and I’d like to see Gabbert right behind them……

  9. gpack22 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:10 AM

    Floyd may be the biggest p***y WR in the NFL. Not surprising he’s been hurt most of yr, last year wasn’t much better. Too bad for Rivers they’ll only play together a few games. Over-rated!!

    Jags need an offensive coach. They are completely inept at this juncture.

  10. cmstrick says: Dec 6, 2011 12:14 AM

    The facts that the Jaguars are a bad, bad team didn’t hurt, either. The Vikings could have creamed them tonight. What a train wreck.

  11. cruzzzzzznyg80 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:17 AM

    Gruden is two faced one min your a star next min your the worst qb in the league.

  12. help me says: Dec 6, 2011 12:17 AM

    Seeing the offense play like this has to be frustrating for Chargers fans.

    ————————————-

    Nailed it.

  13. dickshotdogs says: Dec 6, 2011 12:18 AM

    Why is there football in Jacksonville?

  14. realitypolice says: Dec 6, 2011 12:21 AM

    Good Lord, Gabbert is terrible.

    I hadn’t really seen much of the Jags until tonight, and I went out of my way to try and focus on him on every play, to see what kind of player he was.

    He looks like a chicken with his head cut off in the pocket. Happy feet doesn’t even begin to describe it. He looks scared before the ball is even snapped.

    And he was NOT under an inordinate amount of pressure. There were several times where there wasn’t a Charger defender within two yards of him and he still looked like Michael Flatley in Lords of the Dance.

    All I can say is thank God for the rookie pay scale. Getting rid of this guy will be much easier than it would have been before.

  15. marshb13 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:24 AM

    sparsely crowd to start?? i was there bro it was packed. and of course its gonna empty when your getting stomped

  16. truthserum4u says: Dec 6, 2011 12:25 AM

    “The fans stood as one and applauded Weaver for bringing pro football to town”

    Kudos Jacksonville fans!

  17. checkforecheck says: Dec 6, 2011 12:29 AM

    @iambadkid

    Your comments are routinely nonsensical. You may want to consider giving up on the English language.

  18. citynative says: Dec 6, 2011 12:29 AM

    Not 1, but 2 Monday Night Football games in Jacksonville this year? Why?

  19. earthtopft says: Dec 6, 2011 12:33 AM

    Gabbert is having a normal season for a 21 year old rookie starter in the league. The best passing numbers of any QB who started as a 21 year old came from Drew Bledsoe back in 1993. He had a 49% completion rate, 65 passer rating, and equal number of touchdowns and interceptions. Identical to Gabbert’s numbers at the moment. Other 21 year old starters, Vick, Alex Smith, Stafford and Freeman, all had worse passer ratings as rookies.

  20. tommccrossin says: Dec 6, 2011 12:35 AM

    The most depressing part was hear about Gruden find a way to talk about Rivers every 5 seconds

  21. thekingdave says: Dec 6, 2011 12:39 AM

    And the Glitter Kitties received 2 MNF games why? Because they were sort of in the hunt for the division crown for like a week or two last year? Come on.

  22. deconjonesbitchslap says: Dec 6, 2011 12:39 AM

    who could have possibly scheduled this game for prime time? in jacksonville?

    i would rather watch the world series than this game. and i can’t stand baseball.

  23. riverhorsey says: Dec 6, 2011 12:49 AM

    Last place you want to start a rookie QB is on a bad team.

  24. mwcarolina says: Dec 6, 2011 12:52 AM

    i understand that the CBA does this and that, BUT if anyone thinks that RG3 or even Luck can save this team in 2012 with Mike Thomas as the Go to WR (which if you draft a QB, he will be that AGAIN), then expect the Same results as this year. Gabbert isnt great, no, but his WRs dont get open. As for trading for Tim Tebow, if the Broncos want to do it, do it and i only say do it because it would increase their ticket sales.

  25. 3yardsndust says: Dec 6, 2011 12:53 AM

    Who put this stinker on the MNF schedule? Sheesh.

  26. mwcarolina says: Dec 6, 2011 12:54 AM

    oh another thing, i meant to say this, but forgot, i keep hearing this and that about the CBA letting you quit on rookies soon, BUT is it a wise move by ANY GM to admit they failed after one year and losing TWO players for this failure??? no. it’s not like Clausen, the panthers didnt trade up to get him, they just took him, the Jaguars traded Ryan Kerrigan and (what ended up being) Jarvis Jenkins for Gabbert.

  27. mrgroovesd says: Dec 6, 2011 1:08 AM

    Where was this Bolts offense all season? Granted the depleted secondary of Jacksonville but they have all the factors healthy.

  28. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 6, 2011 1:09 AM

    Please tell me why Jacksonville gets TWO Monday night HOME GAMES. Is it the NFL’s way of not having them get blacked out?

  29. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 6, 2011 1:24 AM

    When I started to dig into the draft last winter/spring I was flabbergasted that Gabbert was such a high prospect. Looking at the top of the draft it was like a game of “which one of these doesn’t belong”.

    He will be a Kyle Orton..a new team every 2.3 years.

  30. citynative says: Dec 6, 2011 1:34 AM

    Not 1, but 2 Monday Night Football Games in Jacksonville this year? Really? Why?

  31. sundog05 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:17 AM

    Love how Tebow pops up in almost every PFT post and sports discussion. Keep hatin’. He just keeps getting better. Go Tebow! Go Broncos!

    “For Tebow so loved the world….” Tebow 3:16

  32. sf987 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:40 AM

    Every time theres a gabbert post I can’t help but smile when thinking about the path to the draft. Maybe he’ll shake off the growing pains but I bet Carolina fans are happy that popular opinion doesn’t select draft picks

  33. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 6, 2011 2:57 AM

    I keep reading Blaine Gabbert’s name as “Blame Gabbert”. Coincidence?

  34. momentumtech says: Dec 6, 2011 3:01 AM

    Jags will surely have a high draft pick. Time to draft another QB.

    Unfortunately Gene Smith will have to admit he made a mistake and wasted #1 and #2 picks in taking Gabbert.

    Then you have to worry about which QB Gene Smith will pick. He clearly does not understand offense. The only real playmakers on offense are MJD and Scobee (yes the kicker). And they were there before Smith took over. He even said he had confidence in his group of receivers going into the season. Clearly delusional about evaluating offensive football.

  35. judgejuday says: Dec 6, 2011 3:11 AM

    “but the rookie’s weaknesses showed up in a scoreless second half against a terrible defense”
    —————————–
    Not saying the Charger D is anything great but to call them terrible is a stretch…

  36. anhdazman says: Dec 6, 2011 3:29 AM

    Both Gabbert and Ponder looks like crappola. Only thing they have on them, Rookie Year. Teams can’t just throw away 1st round draft picks, they’ll need to learn, but the learning curve are a lot steeper for these two.

  37. jarobinewsome says: Dec 6, 2011 5:48 AM

    Norv saved his job for one more week…however he knows that this is his last year in San Diego. Had he lost to Jax…he would been fired before they got to the airport!

  38. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 6, 2011 6:03 AM

    Still think the Titans over-reached by drafting Jake Locker instead of Gabbert? Don’t get me wrong, I’m pulling for Gabbert to live up to expectations–I want a Titans-Jags QB draft class rivalry for the ages. But right now, I’m just not seeing it.

  39. hiwaymessiah says: Dec 6, 2011 6:20 AM

    I know they’re wishing they had Gerard

  40. burgundyandgold says: Dec 6, 2011 6:23 AM

    Mike Shanahan has made some mistakes but he has taken too much heat for trading the pick and not drafting Gabbert. He drafted Ryan Kerrigan instead who is already close to being a pro bowler. Credit where credit js due. He will draft his QB in April.

  41. liquidalfa says: Dec 6, 2011 6:35 AM

    When the QB needy ‘Skins passed on Gabbert I was surprised. I’m glad they did.

  42. bigvinnyinjax says: Dec 6, 2011 6:49 AM

    Not sure what was so depressing about it. To paraphrase Dennis Green, the Jags are who we thought they were. I knew they were a bad team when I woke up on Monday morning so I wasn’t exactly shocked, or depressed, by how poorly they played on Monday night.

    The Jaguars have two dozen guys on IR, and two (Kampman and Alualu) who should be. And even with all of those guys on the active roster this was a rebuilding year at best.

    The game was not blacked out, and the crowd was pretty decent for a team that’s only won 3 games and could conceivably lose the rest of the way out.

    Gabbert looked horrible, but our new coach (whoever that may be) will either fix him or draft a new qb. The new rookie wage scale makes it to where a team is not financially tied to a first round draft pick and his $40 million contract anymore. If the rookie sucks, they can cut their losses and move on.

    Jaguars will draft a WR (hopefully Blackmon) and maybe sign a FA (hopefuly Vincent Jackson). If Gabbert struggles next year the team moves on.

    I’ve been a Jaguars fan since they got the team 18 years ago, and I’m not depressed at all. Not even a little bit.

  43. wte1 says: Dec 6, 2011 7:00 AM

    Didn’t watch one second of that borefest.

  44. stealkurtain says: Dec 6, 2011 7:02 AM

    I don’t like hearing about moving this team to London. Move it to L.A. Or even Toronto where the BIlls play some games. Going to Europe is a waste of time.

  45. EJ says: Dec 6, 2011 7:16 AM

    It’s easy to imagine the Chargers beating Buffalo next week and getting people talking about a possible December run.

    Buffalo has been getting closer every week to finishing out a game and winning, within one drive the last two games. Nick Barnett is on a mission to stop this winning drought, I think this is the week.

  46. spharrgcs says: Dec 6, 2011 8:02 AM

    Time to start flexing MNF games. With NBC Sunday night now in complete domination mode over Monday night, having to show what may be the 2nd worst team in the NFL only makes it worse. Gruden can only carry this thing so far.

  47. vincentbojackson says: Dec 6, 2011 8:04 AM

    Proof the Ravens are not going anywhere in the playoffs. They lost to this awful Jags team that just got blown out by an awful Chargers team in their own stadium.

  48. salmen76 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:11 AM

    Hey Gregg. Stop braggin about how good the Chargers played last night. It was against the JAGUARS for crying outloud. Ha Ha. Rivers is a great QB stuck on a bad team with an aweful coaching staff and pethetic owners. Eli knew what he was doing when he stayed away from San Deigo and Drew was lucky to be shipped away to the Saints. Now Eli has a SB ring and Drew has a SB ring. The common denominator in their accomplishment; They’re not on the Chargers no more. Geaux Saints!

  49. moochzilla says: Dec 6, 2011 8:14 AM

    Gruden got a multi-year deal from ESPN, so he is no longer using his job in the booth as an extended interview session for a head coaching gig.

    Which is sad, because he makes the telecast unwatchable. Never shuts up, continually states the obvious. Always giving glowing praise, and saying “this guy’s a FOOTBALL player” in some way shape or form.

    He’s like Madden on “Madden ’91″, he has about 3 sayings and they come on over and over and over.

    Jaws can’t get a word in edge-wise.

    Seriously, I’d take Tony or Dennis back over this self-promoting weirdo.

  50. moochzilla says: Dec 6, 2011 8:16 AM

    His best moment was commenting on Josh Freeman’s size. He was 6’2″ 240 in the 1st quarter and 6’9″ 280 in the 4th quarter. According to John.

    It’s silly.

  51. citnetter says: Dec 6, 2011 8:35 AM

    At least Gabbert has pretty hair. That in of itself merits two primetime games.

  52. bigvinnyinjax says: Dec 6, 2011 8:37 AM

    Didn’t Gruden refer to Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton as “Pork Chop” at one point last night?

    Seriously. Isn’t it his job to learn the name/nicknames of the one game he’s calling each week?

  53. cmutimmah says: Dec 6, 2011 8:49 AM

    citynative says:
    Dec 6, 2011 12:29 AM
    Not 1, but 2 Monday Night Football games in Jacksonville this year? Why?

    ————————-

    Only way to get fans in the seats there?

  54. blackandtealforeal says: Dec 6, 2011 8:53 AM

    To all the haters who wonder why Jacksonville got two Monday night games: Have you seen our beautiful city at night?
    In a 50% showing we whopped the Ravens in the last game.
    John Chick and Dwight Lowery who were playing at high levels went out in the first half. It’s not surprising we got creamed in the second half. This game was the tale of two halves. Jags ok in the first, lousy in the second.
    As a Jaguars fan I am happy with the coaching changes and the ownership changes. This too will pass. We’ve been good in the past and we will be good in the future.
    Go Jags!

  55. hpb2167 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:58 AM

    Gregg your articles are depressing, can you say something descent about the Jags. Like, wow the stadium was full if great fans…and or the stadium actually looked full as opposed to the Browns..the Bucs..the Dolphins..the Chargers themselves at their stadium. Things will change for the Jags and as usual you idiots will jump on the band wagon. It’s coming.

  56. scallops says: Dec 6, 2011 9:43 AM

    Rivers lit up the Jaguars defense. You know… The defense that only had 5 starters in the 2nd half and were on their 6th and 7th string cornerbacks. It’s not difficult to torch a team that is playing with defensive tackles at defensive end and only 1 starter remaining in the secondary at strong safety.

  57. cowboycjn says: Dec 6, 2011 9:48 AM

    First game of the season where I turned off the game due to lack of interest. Was like watching a funeral procession.

  58. lucky5934 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:54 AM

    Too little, too late!

  59. r8rsfan says: Dec 6, 2011 10:20 AM

    Gabbert’s final numbers didn’t look terrible because of a 48-yard shovel pass to Maurice Jones-Drew

    Those count as rushing yards. Check the stats.

  60. dkhhuey says: Dec 6, 2011 10:20 AM

    I officially put away my Bolts stuff in the closet and refuse to watch this team until they fire Norv! After suffering through Marty ball, they reward us with No wins Norv. I’d rather mow the freakin lawn and do household chores then watch this team aimlessly attempt to play football. Yeesh.

  61. pigskinswag says: Dec 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    3yardsndust says:
    Dec 6, 2011 12:53 AM
    Who put this stinker on the MNF schedule? Sheesh.
    ___________________________________

    Exactly. They should flex out Monday night games as well. The only reason this was somewhat watchable was MJD. Lame Gabbert at QB is unwatchable, and Rivers had been unwatchable most of the year. But seriously, I’d like to thank the Chargers organization for playing Brees in a meaningless game, which caused him to get hurt, and then subsequently choosing Rivers over Brees and letting him come down to New Orleans, where he’s only become the biggest icon in Louisiana sports history.

  62. citnetter says: Dec 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    Typical Hags fans. Coming in and whining about injuries like that’s why they lost. FYI, your team stunk it up last year and also this year when everyone was healthy. That’s OK, though… Go hang your hat on that Ravens win. Good luck in the future with Mrs. Glabbert.

  63. kqole25 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    swagjag says:
    Dec 6, 2011 12:09 AM
    You say depressing.. I say jockeying for Blackmon.

    And for the final time.. THE JAGS WERE NEVER GOING TO DRAFT TEBOW AT #10!!!! GET OVER IT!!!! So friggin’ annoying to hear that same garbage over and over again.

    ***************************************
    That’s an excellent point and you’re right, the Jags were never going to take him at #10 since Tebow was drafted in the 2010 draft and Gabbert in 2011!!!!!!

  64. wegohardinthepaint says: Dec 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    didnt even have good numbers at missouri, no idea why he was drafted so high. wouldve benifited from sitting a year at least.

  65. mwcarolina says: Dec 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    to the Jaguars fans that want a new QB, think about what you are asking for. you think RG3 or Barkley could come in and win with the WRs as Thomas, Lewis (who’s a TE) and others that i cant even name???? i know people will say, uh free agency, but i would be shocked if many free agent WRs came to the Jags unless they really trust that Griffin or Barkley can turn this around quickly. the Jags need a WR in the draft to help Blaine out, i know the fad is quick success for a rookie, but i dont know how any rookie can have quick success with those WRs.

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