The Blame Game
First responsible party- Andy Reid
Most of the time fans don't want to hear this, but the other guys get paid too and sometimes the opponent is actually a better football team. The Philadelphia Eagles are a much better football team than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Philly has made the playoffs eight of the last ten years and are a superior organization right now.
As for Andy Reid, he decided to play the "hot hand" and start Michael Vick which turned out to be the right move. 17 for 31, for 291 yards, three touchdowns passing and one rushing were the final totals. Perhaps former starter (for one game) Kevin Kolb could've carved up the Jaguars defense the same way, but we'll never know.
Second responsible party- Gene Smith and the rest of Jaguars management
Neither Smith nor any of the Jaguars coaches missed tackles, blew coverages or threw interceptions. They did allow for this to happen. It was blatantly clear at the end of last season that David Garrard was not an NFL caliber starting quarterback. Instead of looking for a viable replacement or moving on with a cheaper Luke McCown while the team grooms a younger player, the Jaguars hoped to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time with Garrard.
I know it's unpopular to criticize the front office man who found Terrance Knighton in the third round a year ago, but look at some of his other results. Smith traded a second-round pick for Derek Cox, who was benched in the season opener and has been ruled inactive for the last two games. Smith's prized picks of 2009, tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton were soundly defeated by Philadelphia pass rushers for the better part of four quarters. Most importantly, Smith doesn't value to safety position as premium and despite having several opportunities to draft talented safeties, he decided to go with the mediocre players the Jaguars currently have at the back end of their defense. The result is blown coverages every week due to Sean Considine not being quick enough to get into position.
Third responsible party- David Garrard
It's understood that Garrard shouldn't have been granted this season as Jaguars starting quarterback. It's far too late to do anything about that, but Garrard needs to take some pride and play better. He has virtually no physical limitations, but still reads the field like a rookie quarterback from a non-BCS conference. Garrard looked completely lost for much of the day and he rarely went to his second progression, much less his third. Garrard isn't the only reason why the team lost, but he had a healthy hand in the result.
Fourth responsible party- Jaguars secondary
The Jaguars may have the worst secondary in the NFL. Playing against speedsters such as DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin is a certain mismatch. Still, the Jaguars couldn't keep from giving up big plays on major defensive breakdowns. With Peyton Manning and Colts headed to Everbank Field Sunday, this needs to be fixed immediately.
Fifth responsible party- Offensive line
The Jaguars offensive line wasn't as awful as the stats will show, but they didn't have a good day. When a team gets down by more than one score, opposing defenses tend to "tee off" against an offensive line. The Jaguars couldn't adequately pick up many of the Eagles blitzes, and quarterback David Garrard at times looked like a deer in headlights. We're not going to knock the offensive line for the lack of a running game due to the Eagles stacking up the box, but they must do better in pass protection.
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