Unfortunately, this was another frustrating game that boiled down to missed opportunities to put up points, poor protection, bad decisions and at times, bad tackling. All little things but big enough to change the outcome of a game.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (13/50, 1 TD), Norwood (9/30), Pinner (1/0) and Harrington (2/2). Effective Runs (4 yards or more)-Dunn, 8; Norwood, 5. Both backs had 1 reception each.
Breakdown of passes:
Harrington: 12/20, 200 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 4 bad passes, 2 drops and 2 thrown away. 1 of the drops was a pass to Dunn that was a smart move to drop. Harrington hung him out to dry and it would have been a loss. Harrington did complete several downfield throws but needs to be more aggressive in my opinion.
Drops (2): Norwood, 1 and Dunn, 1.
Run blocking: Very hit and miss. 13 of 23 runs were good but they were often followed up with negative yardage or very short gains.
Pass blocking: Some of the sacks could have been avoided but protection still lacked and that’s being nice.
Sack responsibility (7): First sack was on Harrington for holding it too long. Blalock finally got beat but held his block long enough for Harrington to have at least thrown it away. Second sack was due to not having a hot route and the blitz not being picked up so Harrington held it too long again. The third sack goes on Harrington for holding it too long although Blalock failed to pick up a delayed stunt. The fourth was again, a combination of Blalock getting beat and Harrington holding it too long. The fifth sack was on Weiner and McClure, both beaten badly. The sixth sack was a combination of Norwood not picking up the LB who went right by him and McClure getting beat. The final sack goes on McClure who hit his man on the side as he flew by him. Not a good day for Blalock and McClure at all.
YTD Sacks (13):
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Excellent job overall. There were a couple of breakdowns for key 1st downs but very stout throughout the game.
Pass Defense: Jax completely avoided Hall’s side except for once and he defended well. Sanders was abused as was the middle of the field. Brooking and J-Will did not have good days in coverage.
Sacks: Babineaux had 2 sacks, G. Jackson and Abraham had 1 each.
Norwood had 2 kickoff returns: 1. from the 13, 16 yards; 2. from the GL, 28 yards. There were also 2 touchbacks. My guess is that with Laurent Robinson injured, they chose to protect Jennings a bit OR just trying to get Norwood more touches in the game. Not bad but I prefer Jennings back there.
Jennings had 1 punt return for 3 yards. Not a lot of opportunity to do much.
Koenen had 5 punts: 1-30 yards to the JAX 20, no return. 2-35 yards to the JAX 15, no return. 3-42 yards to JAX 23, no return (catch interference on Irons for 15 yards). 4-47 yards to the JAX 32, 10 yard return. 5-42 yards to the JAX 36, no return. Very mediocre day. Not a lot of return yardage but not very long either.
Kickoffs: Prater had 2 kickoffs both for touchbacks. The guy can boom kickoffs that’s for sure.
Field Goals: Prater went 0/2. Missed from 43 and 26 yards. Not a shock that he was cut.
Special Teams coverage: Very good coverage except for Irons interference penalty.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Offensive line needs work and Harrington needs to get rid of it quicker.
2. Eliminate negative plays. Sacks, penalties and negative rushing attempts have killed drives.
3. Better coverage opposite Hall and more consistency out of safety help.
Offensive MVP: Roddy White (4 catches, 81 yards)
Defensive MVP: Jonathan Babineaux (3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 hurry and 1 fumble forced) Honorable Mention to Abraham who had a great game also.
Special Teams MVP: Michael Boley who had the lone tackle and also partially blocked a punt.
Goat of the Week: Lewis Sanders, Matt Prater and Todd McClure.
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Next up: VS Carolina Panthers, September 23rd!