Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey has been very critical of Jaguars QB Blake Bortles.
“As long as Bortles is back there if the ballgame is in his hands, he’s going to choke,” Casey told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville back in January.
Today, putting the ball in Bortles’ hands worked as the Titans defense stifled the Jaguars’ offense, which helped Tennessee beat Jacksonville 9-6 at TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars(2-1) have now lost three in a row to the Titans(2-1) after getting swept last season by Tennessee.
After the game, Casey, who sacked Bortles on Sunday, told reporters that Titans wanted to keep Bortles in the pocket and see if he can beat them with his arm:
“We knew to put the game in Bortles’ hands, and that was our game plan coming in; give the game to Bortles,” Casey said. “We found ways to get to him and last year they did a good job protecting him and picking up blitzes. We wanted to keep Bortles in the pocket, and we knew he likes to scramble.”
The game plan worked to perfection. Bortles threw for a paltry 155 yards, and was sacked three times as Tennessee limited the Jaguars to just two field goals, so until Bortles proves otherwise, the Titans game plan will probably not change moving forward.