Jaguars Mid-Season Report Card
PASSING OFFENSE: C-plus -- David Garrard threw 12 touchdown passes and just one interception in their four victories. But he had one touchdown pass and six interceptions in three of the losses. They need to become consistent in the passing game.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Jaguars were solid in the running game, but they fell behind in their losses and had to abandon it. And Maurice Jones-Drew averaged 4.0 yards a carry compared a career average of 4.7 and he had one rushing touchdown in the first half after having 15 last year.
PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Jaguars' pass defense was treated like a shooting gallery by good quarterbacks in the first half of the year. They gave up 267.1 passing yards per game in the first half. Derek Cox was benched for three games after giving up four big plays in the opener, and Rashean Mathis had a subpar first half with just one interception. And they kept changing safeties before settling on two young players, Courtney Greene and Don Carey. The secondary has to improve in the second half.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- The rush defense has been shredded at times, giving up almost five yards a carry. They could only stop three teams with three of the worst rushing offenses -- the Colts, Broncos and Cowboys -- in the league. One of the problems is that their linebacking corps, except for Daryl Smith, has been beaten too often.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus -- The special teams have been solid, led by Josh Scobee, who has made all 13 of his field-goal attempts. They also rank in the top half of the NFL in punt returns, kickoff returns, punt coverage and kick coverage.
COACHING: C -- The Jaguars put a lot of emphasis on getting off to a fast start, but they are 4-4 at the halfway mark for the second consecutive season. Coach Jack Del Rio is on the hot seat with just one playoff win in his first seven seasons. Del Rio appears to be a good defensive coordinator miscast as a head coach and lacks the leadership qualities of a good head coach
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