Blake Bortles says Jags wanted to break some tendencies on offense

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The Jaguars have relied on the ground game to move the ball on offense this season, which has led defenses to crowd the box in hopes of keeping them from moving the ball effectively.

That extra attention from defenses hasn’t led the Jaguars to waver from their plan, but they did show a different wrinkle without Leonard Fournette in the lineup against the Colts on Sunday. While the Jaguars still ran the ball 37 times, they also had their most productive passing game of the year.

Blake Bortles completed 18-of-26 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown with six of his completions going for more than 20 yards. After the game, Bortles said the team saw it as an opportunity to show defenses something new.

“We wanted to break some tendencies,” Bortles said, via the Florida Times-Union. “We had a feeling they were going to play us like teams have and put a bunch of people in the box so we wanted to take chances down the field.”

One game against a bad Colts team isn’t likely to lead to major changes in the way defenses play the Jaguars in the future, but a few more signs of that kind of efficiency from Bortles could loosen things up a bit while boosting Jacksonville’s chances of stringing together enough wins to take control in the AFC South.

14 responses to “Blake Bortles says Jags wanted to break some tendencies on offense

  1. As a close friend of the organization it is good for the offensive development to have this game without Lenny “The Franshise” Fournette in the lineup

  2. Think Bortles is finally starting to develop? He has the tools, now it’s consistency. I’d say he’s earned another year if he doesn’t implode down the stretch

  3. Bortles sucks. That Jags defense plays with a boulder on their shoulder. Myles Jack is a one man wrecking crew. I feel his hits through the TV. I like Bouye and Ramsey, but Ramsey irks me. Calais Campbell has been a god-send for this team. Telvin Smith is a grown man and Barry Church is playing some nice ball.

    I’m still not 100% sold on the D, but if they keep laying the boom on people, the offenses that they face will be terrified.

  4. Bortles is a franchise QB, the Jags don’t have to look any further.

    – the other QB needy teams who plan on drafting QBs in 2018 and don’t want more competition for QB prospects.

  5. There’s a lot of good players on D but Myles Jack is special. I think he was involved in every defensive play in the second half

  6. This is a team with the pieces to win a lot of games and become contenders as long as their quarterback doesn’t ruin it for them. They have talent all across the roster and the defense is playing very good football. As long as they remember who Bortles is and don’t ask him to carry the team, they’re going to be solid.

  7. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm
    They already have broken their predominant offensive tendency. They have a positive points differential for the first time in 10 years

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    THAT was funny! Cold, but funny.

  8. Jekyll and Hyde will show up again next week. This team will NEVER be consistent with Bortles as the QB. Don’t be fooled by one good game this season against an awful team.

  9. Bortles is not consistent and not the answer at QB. Put in a legit QB on this team and they would literally be 6-1 instead of 4-3.

  10. Jekyll and Hyde will show up again next week. This team will NEVER be consistent with Bortles as the QB. Don’t be fooled by one good game this season against an awful team.

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    So we embarrassed the Texans, the Ravens, and the Steelers, but the Clots game is an aberration? It’s more like the Jags are one dropped pass and a special team blunder away from being 6-1. Opposing offenses should be afraid, very afraid. Feels good! Go Jags! Keep it up!

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