JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – I liked the effort.
Outside of that, there were too many deficiencies in the Jaguars lineup to overcome a very talented Seattle Seahawks team. Early on you could tell the Jaguars were a bit overwhelmed by just about everything Seattle came up with on offense and defense. A mobile quarterback like Russell Wilson creates difficulty for just about every defense and when you combine his talent with the Jaguars inexperience, bad things can happen if you're in teal and black.
It's not hard to look past just flat out getting beat. Seattle might go to the Super Bowl and at times against the Jaguars they looked like that team. They covered Jaguars receivers, they harassed Chad Henne and took advantage of every opportunity. What bothers me is when there's illegal procedure in punt formation or other silly penalties. If you're deficient when it comes to talent, you have to be disciplined and focused in every situation. You can't have hands to the face. You can't have illegal formations and you can't back yourself up at anytime. Gus Bradley says the teams has to "clean those things up" but it's got to be more than that. It's too easy to fall into a culture of losing where you figure you'll take a short cut here and there and hope to get buy. But there is no shortcut to getting better and that has to be the Jaguars goal every week. Get better to the point where winning will be one of the options every week.
They'll look at this game and see some improvement over what happened in week one and two.
A solid defensive play on a tipped ball lead to the first TD for the Jaguars. The Chad Henne/Cecil Shorts combination moved the ball pretty consistently when called on late in the game. Occasionally the defense was pretty stout against the run but the tackling sometimes was so horrendous it was hard to watch.
It'll be interesting to see how the Jaguars fan base treats the team as they return this week from their two-week road trip. Will they get behind the guys and show some support for the effort or will they write off the season as a lost cause and head to the beach or other pursuits that are calling.
There are other teams in the league that are winless. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington, the New York Giants. The Jaguars were expected to struggle so it's no surprise that they're 0-3. Are they better or worse off than those other teams at 0-3? The Jaguars can identify their problems. And they are many.
"We'll get some of these things resolved and get this thing turned around, " Cecil Shorts said after the game.
Hopefully he's right.