Should Jaguars run a Wildcat-style offense?

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With Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles generating more running yards than passing yards on Sunday and with his passing yards in the win over the Bills at less than 90, Jacksonville has real questions on offense heading forward. And Chris Simms has an answer.

Simms suggested during Monday’s PFT Live that the Jaguars should shift to a Wildcat-style offense, with Bortles playing the role of mobile quarterback who operates out of shotgun formation, with the read option becoming the focal point of the running attack and with play-action passing happening infrequently to keep defenses semi-honest.

It’s not that crazy of an idea. Especially since Bortles is underrated as a runner, and overmatched as a passer.

The idea comes after a particularly bad performance from Bortles, the kind of performance that will make it much harder to go back to Pittsburgh and win, again. Simms previously had pegged Bortles as the 70th-best quarterback in football. A string of solid performances in December prompted Simms to bump Bortles up several spots higher.

After Sunday, Simms said Bortles may now be No. 71. So maybe it wouldn’t hurt to get him to play like a guy from Jacksonville who famously wore No. 15.

45 responses to “Should Jaguars run a Wildcat-style offense?

  1. what is interesting about these playoffs is that their is a very slim chance that both the NFC south and AFC south could be the 4 teams remaining… Both conference Championship games being divisional rivals… highly unlikely but possible..

  2. Blake Bortles’ 40-yard dash time was slightly worse than Eli Manning’s. QBs get big runs all the time when no one is expecting it.

  3. In a word, YES. Bortles will likely not be a Jag next year, but for the time being, you have to maximize his potential, and that is NOT as a pocket passer.

  4. .
    We all agree that the final will be 3-2. I just can’t figure out who has the 3 and who has the 2.
    .

  5. I hate em both…. But, does he realize the NE and Pitt. are both in the AFC? With I don’t know, Super Bowl winning QB’s? Chris Simms? Seriously?

  6. Good God, that was the worst game I’ve ever seen. whichever team would back into the Superbowl between the Bill and the Jaguars would be an embarrassment. Bortles is even worse that advertised-my grandmother could do better. I bet his teammates want him kidnapped-it would force the Jaguars to get a “quarterback”!

  7. Smart coaching? Moron is the HC…

    (everybody knows TC is controlling the levers in Jax; it’s no coincidence that upon his arrival they’ve improved. And if Moron quit again, TC would become HC.)

    mmmbac0n says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:10 am
    Smart coaching would say “It’s worth a look”. Also Jags, congrats yesterday and good luck moving forward

  8. There’s no way in hell his frame is going to survive repeated blows as a runner. He’s done fine as a scrambler because he is fast, but he’d get completely tossed by defensive linemen.

  9. if i didn’t know anything about the teams, players, etc.–and i tuned into that game–i would’ve swore that they had recruited the quarterbacks from local high schools just for that game. pathetic!

  10. quint69 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 10:42 am
    AFC South haters. All year this division has had to hear how weak they are. Only division with 2 teams left.
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    that’s adorable. now step up and play the big boys.

  11. 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.

  12. Run limits on the position of QB should be implemented – if you are going to have a QB in the lineup, his first job is to pass or to hand the ball off to a running back.

    The NFL should limit QB runs for positive yards to five such instances – this is no different than having declared eligible receivers; once the QB has used his five runs for positive yardage, he is ineligible to run for any more and should he, then the team should be assessed a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty and the QB is banned from playing the rest of the game.

    If your QB is unable to perform the primary task of his job, then find running backs or receivers who can throw the ball when under duress. It is time to prevent the sham of fake QB’s who are really running backs without any skill set to handle a blitz.

  13. quint69 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 10:42 am
    AFC South haters. All year this division has had to hear how weak they are. Only division with 2 teams left.

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    The NFC South is on line 2.

  14. steelcurtainn says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:46 am
    Stack the line on the Jags to stop the run, take the screens away and the Steelers will be just fine.

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    Thanks coach for giving away our game plan.

  15. AFC South haters. All year this division has had to hear how weak they are. Only division with 2 teams left.

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    Saints and Falcons.

  16. There’s a big problem with such an approach, and that is, the Jags picked up the $19 million, 5th year option on Bortles, and it is only guaranteed for injury, so if he gets injured, they’re on the hook for $19 million next year.
    Odds are, they will try to upgrade at QB in the offseason, but Bortles getting injured would put a crimp in that plan.

  17. The Wildcat could work for any single game against a team unprepared for it. Miami used it in 2008 to break the Patriots 18 game win streak but in their next game the Patriots won 48 – 28 in Miami.

  18. Two pathetic teams. One has a QB who appears to have aged overnight, the other has a QB whose mechanics are shot. Whoever advances will get embarrassed in Foxborough.

  19. Ultraviolet Thunder wrote thusly with great panache:

    “If your QB is unable to perform the primary task of his job, then find running backs or receivers who can throw the ball when under duress. It is time to prevent the sham of fake QB’s who are really running backs without any skill set to handle a blitz.”

    That starts at the high school level, with coaches unwilling to gamble their entire livelihood on a single player. They instead “play it safe” and grab the fastest kid on the roster and teach him how to run, going from 5 pass attempts per game to 5 pass attempts per season; and if he gets hurt the coach simply turns to 2nd fastest kid and repeats. College coaches follow suit, with all the big D-I programs begging everyone to knock it off and start growing real quarterbacks again.

    * frustrated dad of pocket passer

  20. Every playoff contender needs a “wildcat” QB on their practice squad who learns just that….a Wildcat offense….That’s all he does….if your #1 QB goes and #2 is ineffective (or goes down) you promote this player to the roster and he commands the offense. Sounds dumb? So does starting playoff QBs like Matt McGloin, TJ Yates, the yahoo’s the Cardinals have thrown out there and soon add Nick Foles to that list….

  21. That was un ugly Bortles game and he deserves criticism from the fans. I am not so certain that he deserves criticism form Chris Simms. How is it that incompetent QB’s like Simms and Dilfer feel they are qualified to critique a guy like Bortles who has better stats? Now if some competent former QB wants to tear down blake I will happily listen to their critique. If Bortles is trash then Simms and Dilfer must be the slime left in the bottom of the trash can..

  22. “AFC South haters. All year this division has had to hear how weak they are. Only division with 2 teams left.”

    Exactly! “Weakest division in football”, but 2 teams in the playoffs and two wins. It gags me to say it, but go Flaming Thumbtacks and Sparkle Kitties!

  23. Guess TC wanted to see for himself about BB. what a shame. if they’d of had anybody serviceable at qb (anybody but tyrod taylor ) i thought they could have had a shot to get to at least the championship game. what a waste of a solid roster. the bills also. you just can’t be taken seriously without a good qb.

  24. The real question : Should Jaguars make the travel to Pittsburgh ? Haha

    (Work for Titans too…referees won’t be so generous against Patriots who are so much beloved by them).

    Seriously, i heard it was a defensive game ! Really ? No, it was a bad offense game ! To see great ones, look at Ravens-Steelers tapes from several years ago with Ray, Reed, Polamalu…And it’s a Bengal fan speaking.

  25. That jags win should make Steelers fans a bit uneasy. That is the kind of thing that causes the team to overlook/play down to the competition. If they are looking forward to getting revenge on the Pats in the AFCCG they could easily get their feelings hurt. The Jags defense is legit. It just seemed like bad offense because the Bills are not explosive on offense. Same defense making the same plays against a juggernaut and the whole conversation changes. Bortles was bad throwing the ball. Some was due to not compensating for conditions/wind. He is capable of doing better and has shown it several times this year. As good as Pitt offense is, there are some matchup issues with that jags defense. If “sacksonville” shows up it could be a 24-17 or 17-10 type game.

  26. Jags did NOT extend Bortles. they picked up the 5 year option of his rookie deal. it’s for $19 million but only guaranteed for injury. jags could release him and owe him nothing as long as Bortles can pass a physical.

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