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Jaguars killing themselves with dropped passes

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The Jaguars’ overall lack of talent left them without much of a margin of error this season to begin with. Playing without running back Maurice Jones-Drew and wide receiver Laurent Robinson made it smaller.

But they compounded it Sunday by making the kind of errors they can’t afford under any circumstances, dropping nine passes against the Packers.

I think it’s concentration,” Jags coach Mike Mularkey said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Cecil [Shorts] would have made a great catch, but that’s what we need to have. Mike [Thomas] probably thought he was going to score, and he took his eye off it.

“I’m big on seeing the ball into your hands. If you see the ball, you should catch it.”

Those dropped passes (and special teams mistakes) kept them from capitalizing on a solid defensive effort, limiting the Packers to 238 yards.

When you play that way, the “missed lay-ups” as offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski referred to them, are that much more painful.

“I thought that was a great description of some of the things we’ve missed,” Mularkey said. “We talked about it even Saturday night in front of the players. Lay-ups, not 3-pointers that we’re missing. Nine drops. Those are lay-ups. Those are things we’ve got to be able to put the ball in the basket, if we want to use a basketball correlation.”

If you want to use another, it makes them look like the Washington Generals.

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15 Responses to “Jaguars killing themselves with dropped passes”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Oct 30, 2012 8:53 AM

    The Washington Generals would be outraged to be compared to the Jaguars. The Generals at least had some talent.

  2. classicfootballplease says: Oct 30, 2012 9:04 AM

    Cheeseheads get let off the hook again. How many years is it gonna take for Jackassville to come up with some sort of passing game? Swear it seems they haven’t had a connection since Leftwich to Jimmy Smith.

    Unless you are a fan of the Garrard to Matt Jones connection, in that case you might not be that well connected.

    Hehe. Happy Tuesday y’all.

  3. jagsfanugh says: Oct 30, 2012 9:08 AM

    Dropped passes happen to every team. Jags have issues beyond that. Consistency by the QB being a major one.

  4. savocabol1 says: Oct 30, 2012 9:10 AM

    Have you watched the Cleveland Browns play this year? If Little and the other WR would learn how to catch they’d have at least 2 or 3 more wins. Most dropped passes in the league.

  5. klunge says: Oct 30, 2012 9:24 AM

    Here’s hoping they don’t remedy this issue before next weekend…go Lions!

  6. shackdelrio says: Oct 30, 2012 9:27 AM

    “jagsfanugh says:
    Oct 30, 2012 9:08 AM

    Dropped passes happen to every team. Jags have issues beyond that. Consistency by the QB being a major one.”

    Gabbert was not an issue on Sunday. He played good. Gumbel and Dierdorf remarked on almost every drop about how perfect his passes were. He could have easily had 400 yards if Shorts doesn’t drop that long pass and Blackmon gets his feet in bounds on the sideline pass.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2012 9:28 AM

    Gabbert and dropped passes don’t add up to anything good, that’s for sure.

  8. niubears says: Oct 30, 2012 9:50 AM

    Believe it or not, Gabbert looked good on Sunday. But some of his passes are still mind-boggling.
    Mike Thomas is one of the most overpaid players in the game. He is awful.
    Cecil Shorts is starting to come around. But will never be more than a #3.
    Blackmon definitely has the talent to be a stud. He just needs to actually use that talent.
    And Laurent Robinson hasn’t done anything…
    This O definitely needs some major help

  9. jerrysshadescleaner says: Oct 30, 2012 9:52 AM

    And by not trading for tebow, Lets get the tebow express down in jacksonville!! woo woo

  10. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 30, 2012 10:02 AM

    @mrlaloosh:

    When I read your comment, I first wanted to punch you, then I laughed and now I can’t believe it, but I agree with you.

    It takes talent to catch a ball from an NFL QB. Gabbert, even with the 9 drops, was over 300 yards on the day. Imagine the yards if we eliminated drops. Or half of them.

    Agree that the Browns are just as bad at dropping the ball. But that Gordon kid has the potential to be great.

  11. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 30, 2012 10:20 AM

    Gabbert has the tools.

    He is also only 22 and will keep getting better.

    The receivers need to put some lotion on those alligator hands.

  12. marty2020 says: Oct 30, 2012 10:49 AM

    Gabbert looks like an up and coming quarterback when he gets protection and his receivers hold onto the ball. He had over 300 yards Sunday. If the receivers hadn’t dropped those 9 passes, he would have had close to 400 yards. I’m not saying he’s the next Joe Montana, but he’s better than people think.

  13. baloneyjohn says: Oct 30, 2012 11:52 AM

    Have you looked at the other teams. Lots of dropped passes by many as well.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 30, 2012 12:45 PM

    Blaine also played that game with the same injury that has kept Jake Locker on the bench most of the season so far.

  15. deltaoracle says: Oct 30, 2012 3:54 PM

    Gabbart threw some good strikes and also a number which were – take it away, Bob Ueker – “Juuuuust a bit outside.” The Packers had some “missed lay-ups” too, so include that if you want to play the woulda coulda shoulda game.

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