Jaguars Report Card- Defense & Special Teams

The Jaguars were lambasted in the second half of Sunday's game against Kansas City as they turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 42-20 blowout loss. We are going to grade the performances of each unit.



Defensive Line- C

Aaron Kampman and Terrance Knighton had the good days that we've grown to expect from them, but big plays were rare from rest of this unit. Kampman accounted for the team's only sack of Matt Cassel and hit the Chiefs QB three times, but neither of his defensive end counterparts, Jeremy Mincey or Derrick Harvey did much. Terrance Knighton continued to make plays in the backfield, but Jaguars first-round pick Tyson Alualu was overpowered for the first time this season as the Chiefs offensive line made him mostly invisible.

Linebackers- D

The Jaguars linebackers have the reputation of being solid, but unspectacular. On this day they weren't even solid. Justin Durant overran plays far too often and missed several tackles. Kansas City took advantage of Durant over-pursuing plays and leaked out running backs and tight ends on misdirection plays. As usual, Daryl Smith was the Jaguars best linebacker but the veteran from Georgia Tech was only in on seven tackles and was a step slow on a blitz which resulted in a big play by the Chiefs offense. Kirk Morrison was often lost in coverage and didn't make much of an impact.

Secondary- F--

The Jaguars have swapped players in their secondary as if they were football cards and the results have been worse with each passing week. On this day, second-year cornerback Derek Cox got the start opposite veteran Rashean Mathis. Cox was mostly terrible as he was often lost in coverage and committed a costly 15-yard personal foul penalty for throwing Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles down out of bounds. Cox made a pass breakup on an errant Matt Cassel pass when he had an excellent chance to intercept the ball and potentially take it to the house. Mathis made a few good plays in coverage and was solid in run support, but looked like an innocent bystander as Chiefs WR Terrance Copper elevated to catch a ball over the middle to keep a Kansas City drive alive.

The safety position was a complete mess. Courtney Greene showed some promise, but missed several tackles leading to big plays. Don Carey, getting his first NFL start was abysmal. Carey missed numerous tackles, was out of position on nearly every snap and appears to have an aversion to contact. As poorly as Anthony Smith and Gerald Alexander played to earn each a trip out of town, Carey was exponentially worse and if Carey plays any more at safety it would lead one to question the team's commitment to winning.

Special Teams- C

The Jaguars special teams units were mostly good, with the exception of a Mike Thomas fumbled punt return which led to a Chiefs touchdown. Other than that miscue, Josh Scobee was again perfect with his field goals and extra points, and Adam Podlesh punted the ball well.


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