When you are a team that does not have a lot of talent, you can’t beat yourself. On Sunday, at times, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat themselves, including their QB Gardner Minshew, who had two turnovers(interception, fumble), as the Jaguars fell to the Lions(2-3) 34-16 at TIAA Bank Field.
With the loss, the Jaguars(1-5) have now lost five straight games. As the losses mount, Minshew, who was 25/44 for 243 yards, with a touchdown and interception, is frustrated and looking for answers.
“There’s not a guy on this team that likes losing or even wants to tolerate losing,” Minshew said after the game. “We’re definitely frustrated. It feels like the same story each week. We are trying to figure out what our solution is, we got to start finding it, and the urgency should be at an all-time high. That being said, I believe we have the guys in our building to do it, so we’re just going to have to come back together; I know you all are sick of hearing it, but come back together, have a good week at practice, and just get ready to win one game at a time…
“Any time you play a game like that, and you just walk away feeling that you beat yourself, that’s super frustrating. Talk about a disciplined team that beat themselves, we feel like we beat ourselves today, and we just can’t do that.”
In addition to the turnovers, the Jaguars had a hard time stopping the Lions. Jacksonville allowed Detroit to rush for 180 yards, and coming into the game, the Jaguars were 26th against the rush and 30th in total defense. However, when asked if defensive coordinator Todd Walsh’s job was in jeopardy, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone had this to say.
“Yes. Yes, as long as I’m here and I’m the head coach, yes, he’s(Walsh) safe.”
When asked about own his status after a 1-5 start, Marrone said the following:
“Yeah, I mean, the realistic part is you never know when it’s going to stop,” he said. “I mean, I’m not going to be one of those guys to say that that’s not something that can happen. I mean, we see what happens around the league, so I acknowledge that. But at the same time, it’s something that I can’t control. So, and I’ve said it before; I really love the coaches we have, and I love the players that we have on this team. And I look at that sense of relationship that I have with them as to make sure that I’m coming in doing the best job I can to get everyone around me better for however long I maintain this position.”
No one expected the Jaguars to be very good this season, but there was some optimism after the Colts’ victory and the close loss to the Titans in the first two weeks of the season. However, at this point, it’s pretty clear that it will probably be a long season in Jacksonville.