The Jaguars aren't ready to change their offense for rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
"We're a run first team," offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Thursday. "To be successful, we need to run the ball. That's no secret to them, either. We're going to try to run it and they're going to try to stop the run."
He added, "We're running the same offense we'd be running against Carolina no matter who the quarterback was."
The Jaguars come into the game with the sixth-best rushing offense in the first two games while Carolina ranks 26th overall on defense, 19th against the run. And their two best linebackers, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, are out for the year.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is off to his best two-game start with 185 yards.
And Koetter thinks he abandoned the run too early against the Jets.
"We weren't that far behind midway through the third quarter, still like 15-3. We were running the ball OK. As a play-caller, I probably should have ran the ball a little bit more at that point. We should have run the ball more late first (quarter), second and early third," he said.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Jones-Drew ran for 16 yards on first down and then McCown threw three consecutive incomplete passes, including a 3rd-and-1 pass to Jones-Drew.
On their second drive, Jones Drew ran for 10 yards on first down but then was thrown for a three-yard loss.
That put them in an obvious passing situation at 2nd-and-13 and McCown then threw two more incomplete passes and the Jaguars punted.
The Jets then drove 92 yards for the touchdown that made it 22-3. The Jaguars then had to throw and McCown was intercepted twice and the game and McCown's time as the starter was over.
Some fans aren't happy with the Jaguars' run-first offense, but Koetter said a coach has to play to the strengths of his players. Koetter did say the offense is likely to change as Gabbert gets more experience.
"As he plays more, we'll do things that tailor to him, but right now we're just going to run the things we think are best against Carolina," he said.
Coach Jack Del Rio indicated the passing game may be helped by the fact they won't be playing against the Jets defense.
"Maybe not having (Darrelle) Revis and (Antonio) Cromartie covering our guys all day might help our pass game a little bit. I know that somebody else (Jason Hill said last week the Jets were overhyped) had a different opinion about Revis, but he's pretty darn good," Del Rio said.
Offense Will Stay Conservative Under Gabbert
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