We’re only two weeks into the season yet a darling of the NFL observers and pundits as a “breakout team of the year” is already 0-2 and facing what many consider a must-win game.
How did the Jaguars get here? Well, there’s several reasons, but one is a surprisingly porous rush defense that will go into Sunday’s game tied for 26th in the league in that discipline.
The Jags standing is partly the result of what happened a week ago during their 38-14 loss to the Chargers, when they allowed 150 rushing yards on 35 carries.
Nearly half of those yards came on three plays – a 23-yard run by Danny Woodhead, a 21-yard run by Melvin Gordon and a 10-yard scramble by quarterback Phillip Rivers, and defensive coordinator Todd Wash says that’s not supposed to happen. Not to the Jags anyway.
“What I told the defense is that nobody should run the ball on us,’’ Wash said. “We’re built to stop the run and we had 63 yards on three plays. That kind of crap can’t happen.’’
If it happens against the Ravens on Sunday it could spell real trouble for Wash and the Jags coaching staff. The buzz around the league is that coach Gus Bradley is already on the hot seat in Jacksonville.
“They have to win this one,’’ ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards said earlier this week. “This is a must win for this football team. And they know it.’’
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