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Blake Bortles: I haven’t played well enough

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:   Blake Bortles #5 claps in frustration as  Luke Joeckel #76 of the Jacksonville Jaguars walks off the field during the second half of a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 18, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

There were a fair number of people who thought the Jaguars’ offensive growth last year and their defensive additions in the offseason put them in position to change their fortunes this season.

Through two weeks, those fortunes look to be pretty much the same. The Jags lost a close home game to the Packers in Week One and got thumped by the Chargers on the road in Week Two, leaving them with an 0-2 record for the third time in four years under coach Gus Bradley.

That’s not the right way to start a push for a playoff spot or make a strong case that Bradley’s job should be secure, although quarterback Blake Bortles argues that the players are to blame for how things have gone in the first two weeks. He puts particular blame on his own shoulders.

“He’s an unbelievable head coach, and we take full responsibility in everything that we’ve done,” Bortles said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I as a quarterback haven’t played well in two games, and our offense hasn’t played well in two games. For anything to change, I’m going to have to play better.”

Running back Chris Ivory is back at practice and his return to the lineup could give some life to the running game, but Bortles will need to cut down the turnovers (four in two weeks) and start finding Allen Robinson if the offense is going to start resembling the one that created optimism about this year. If those things don’t fall into place, there will likely be an increase in voices calling for the end of Bradley’s turn in Jacksonville.

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21 Responses to “Blake Bortles: I haven’t played well enough”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:01 AM

    The Jags already have won me a few free lunches! The Bad News Bears of the NFL.

  2. jagsfanugh says: Sep 22, 2016 8:03 AM

    Too many screens and dink and dunk when he isn’t built to throw that way.

  3. cheapseater says: Sep 22, 2016 8:04 AM

    Bortles has had one careless turnover, the other three should have been avoided by his WR/OL play. He played unbelievably, certifiably awesome in the GB game. He laid an egg (along with the rest of the team) in SD. Blake can take the blame all he wants. This is a coaching issue.

  4. thepftpoetinreverse says: Sep 22, 2016 8:20 AM

    Captain Obvious: Tell me about it.

  5. jasons81 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:34 AM

    Bortles is a poor man’s Brett Favre, a gunslinger. Give him time (and better coaching) and he’ll be a winner.

  6. corchamp says: Sep 22, 2016 8:39 AM

    Hard to play well when your coaches continually put you in position to fail

  7. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:41 AM

    No Blake you haven’t and more than likely you are going to get your coach fired.

  8. swhughes81 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:58 AM

    If he would worry more about pooping every day, then that could be the key to clear his mental block

  9. hakunamangata says: Sep 22, 2016 9:14 AM

    There are two words for Blakes success last season; Allen Robinson. Teams are taking him away and forcing Blake to go through his progressions. Moreover he wasn’t that great last year, fantasy football players just got caught up with his touchdowns, but his interceptions were insanely high and it wasn’t as though he was winning these games when he did the bulk of his damage.

  10. shackdelrio says: Sep 22, 2016 9:26 AM

    Unfortunately for Bortles, he was drafted by an organization that has made is clear that losing is an acceptable outcome.

    From the owner on down, a loser culture has been built in Jacksonville.

    No other NFL franchise would have accepted Gus Bradley’s 12-36 record and kept him as head coach. But the Jaguars have lower expectations than any other franchise.

    Until that changes, they will be the league’s doormat.

  11. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 22, 2016 9:34 AM

    Blake Bortles can play. That much we know but he is being coached terribly and the play calling is even worse. If his coaches knew how to use him properly we would be winning games but until that changes we will keep getting what we have gotten.

  12. jag1959 says: Sep 22, 2016 9:43 AM

    He’s not alone. When your scoring 18.5 PPG and the D is allowing 32.5 there’s blame enough to go around

  13. liongator says: Sep 22, 2016 9:50 AM

    Yeldon ran 21 times for 39 yards in week one, and had 27 yards rushing in week two.
    No QB or Coach can win when you average 2 yards a carry and less than 50 yards a game. The blame lies with the OL and RB’s.

  14. jags2daship says: Sep 22, 2016 10:39 AM

    Blake dont take the blame because your coach sucks. Hang in there and Tom Coughlin will have you kicking butt next year.

  15. tonebones says: Sep 22, 2016 10:40 AM

    The Jags will be fine. Changing coaches over and over rarely accomplishes anything. Bortles is a good enough QB to win with.

  16. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 22, 2016 10:48 AM

    I’ve heard a lot about how the players love him but that doesn’t always equate to players playing hard. The way Gus coddled that DL on the sidelines this week after he had his temper tantrum and got a 15-yard penalty was disappointing. He should have gotten in his face. Instead, he acts like he’s Barney and essentially endorses his behavior. That doesn’t bode well. He doesn’t seem to have the stones to do anything. I think he should cut someone so these guys start fearing for their job. Joekel has been pathetic and they aren’t going to resign that loser anyway so why not start with a former #1 pick. That should get their attention. It looks like the inmates are running the asylum there. Funny thing about players. They get a coach they like and they get lazy. They get a coach they don’t like (when Coughlin was here) and they complain about everything. I think they need to hire Dr. Phil because this team is a total mess. Stupid penalties, mental lapses, pathetic play (Marqise Lee) and terrible defense. They’ll be lucky to have a game within 20 points if they play like they did in San Diego again.

  17. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 22, 2016 10:49 AM

    There are now three certainties in life. Death, taxes, and the Jaguars stinking it up.

  18. dadsource says: Sep 22, 2016 11:38 AM

    Blake really isn’t that good. He got by on throwing jump balls to an excellent receiver in Robinson last year. Now CB’s are pressing and jamming Robinson. Result? Blake exposed as a bad decision maker, forcing balls where they don’t belong, changing to the wrong play (not coaching there) when the defense shifts. Running into sacks. Not using his crossing receiver. And the guaranteed pick 6. His numbers are all the product of being down big and playing hurry up.

    You want to talk bad coaching? Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme. This ‘otto’ and ‘leo’ crap lets Bradley blame the horses. He has the horses now, and there is still no middle defense for short passing routes and he can’t stop the running game, or get pressure off the edge.

    Bradley sucks, Bortles is fixable.

  19. immafubared says: Sep 22, 2016 11:43 AM

    Blake is suffering from APPPD syndrome. All qbs experience this after playing the Packers: Anti Pss Poor Pass Defense Syndrome. After having so many guys wide open you cant chew gum and walk the next game.

  20. immafubared says: Sep 22, 2016 11:47 AM

    Bortles is suffering from PPPD Syndrome from playing the Packers. All QB’s go through it. After having a game where your receivers are always wide open, you fall apert the next week. Pss Poor Pass Defense Syndrome

  21. blankemall says: Sep 23, 2016 8:22 AM

    The Jags are going to be just fine. They haven’t lost any divisional games and the Texans just got exposed for what they really are last night. They just need to win this week to get their confidence up and they will be good to go.

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