Doug Marrone on offense: I’d be a fool if I wasn’t concerned

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The Jaguars got a 10-3 win over the Bills on Sunday to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, but it didn’t come with much help from their offense.

Jacksonville gained 230 yards overall and Blake Bortles threw for just 87 yards as the team struggled to move the ball outside of their one touchdown drive. That touchdown was enough thanks to another stellar performance from their defense, but coach Doug Marrone said after the game that the offense will have to be better if the Jaguars are going to have a chance to beat the Steelers.

“We never really got into a rhythm and weren’t able to get anything on third down,” Marrone said, via ESPN.com. “I’d be a fool to sit here and say I’m not concerned, but I’m going to take a step back and go ahead and look at it again. Obviously, if you want to continue to keep playing, you’re going to have to do a better job.”

Bortles did run for 88 crucial yards, which he compared to a baseball pitcher without a good fastball finding “another pitch to be able to win and be successful and get guys out.” That worked out for the Jaguars on Sunday, but it’s hard to argue with Marrone’s read on the overall offensive performance.

19 responses to “Doug Marrone on offense: I’d be a fool if I wasn’t concerned

  1. Bortles has been in a slump the last three weeks. He played well enough to win for most of the regular season but he has stunk it up recently. He missed several wide open screen passes in the first half. How can you miss a receiver who is just a few yards away from you and be considered an NFL QB?

  2. Jacksonville has built this team the right way. Defense. Defense. Defense. When your defense is good enough, two fields goals can win the game. Now all they need to do is go out and get a better QB, and they’ll be a dynasty. There will be some good QB’s at the end of round one, and in the 2nd round. There always are.

  3. Jags are going to have to put up more than 10 points against a team like the Steelers. Best WR in the game, a top RB, a HOF QB. Pit is looking for revenge. Good luck this time around with that.

  4. The jaguars need to give romo a call. With That defense, it would result in a super bowl.

  5. I recall a Ravens team which won the Super Bowl with a great defense, and a crummy offense. Now, the Jags D is not as good, but it doesn’t matter how many points you win by, as long as you win. I’m sure they’d be happy to win their next three games by the score of 2-0 or 3-0.

  6. whenwilliteverend says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:12 pm
    Bortles has been in a slump the last three weeks
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    Actually he hasn’t. He’s just been playing the last three weeks the way he has played 90 percent of his career. It’s the good play in December that’s the anomaly, not the bad play after or before. Blake Bortles is a bad quarterback.

  7. If we only saw Bortles’ garbage time numbers, he would be in the Hall of Fame. Any important minutes are a disaster.

    Coughlin and Marrone must be banging their heads against the wall after being dealt Bortles for a QB.

  8. pastabelly says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:41 pm
    He’s pretty much stunk it up since Clowney called him “trash”.
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    Clowney had the best seat in the house. Right on his sofa. He’ll get to watch him again on TV next week.

  9. Bortles would probably be a better baseball pitcher than he is a QB. It would be hard to imagine him being worse at something than he is at QB.

  10. charliecharger said:”
    Jacksonville has built this team the right way. Defense. Defense. Defense. When your defense is good enough, two fields goals can win the game. Now all they need to do is go out and get a better QB, and they’ll be a dynasty. There will be some good QB’s at the end of round one, and in the 2nd round. There always are.”

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    This QB draft class will (for the most part) be a bust. They are over-hyped.

    There aren’t always good QBs available. If there were, then every team would have one, and they wouldn’t have to overpay in draft picks to move up in the draft to attempt to draft one. Even then, most of those QBs don’t seem to pan out.

    Sure, the Eagles and Rams seem to have found theirs through the draft. They are pretty much the exceptions.

    As for Jacksonville, they should have come up with a better plan than Bortles. If he wasn’t playing that well over the long haul without ever playing in the playoffs, the added pressure of playing in the playoffs was only going to make matters worse.

  11. The jags can’t draft a qb and wait for him to develop. Time is ticking now with that defense. Make a strong play for Alex smith. They are loaded at a number of positions. The draft stock this year isn’t as important as getting a capable qb.

  12. Blake Bortles and Tom Brady have combined for 5 Super Bowl Titles, 4 Super Bowl MVP Awards, 13 Pro Bowls, and 2 NFL MVP Awards.

  13. The Jags would be absolutely unstoppable with Alex Smith or Kirk Cousins at QB. They should do whatever it takes to get one of them in the offseason.

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