The Wheels on the Bus Roll over Koetter

Jack Del Rio appears to be feeling the heat of a coach whose tenure may be nearing its end. Instead of standing behind his players and coaching staff, the Jaguars head man did all he could to shift blame around for Sunday's embarrassing loss.

Coach Jack Del Rio sounded like a frustrated January fan Sunday when he talked about the conservative offense they used in the 16-10 loss to Carolina.

"I thought we were a little too conservative and I'd like to see us increase our aggressiveness in attacking defenses and attacking schemes and attacking personnel and going after them. We'll discuss that as a staff," he said.

They ran on eight of their first nine first downs in the second half and the ninth one was a fumbled snap.

They're last in the league in passes attempted and passing yardage after also using a conservative approach in beating Tennessee with Luke McCown at quarterback in the opener.

Since he's the head coach, the puzzle is why he didn't decide to start throwing more against the Panthers.

Del Rio gives offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter a free hand in calling the plays on game day although he said they try to discuss things prior to the game.

"Then I let the coordinators call the game. If there's a key moment in a key situation, if there's something I'd absolutely like to see them (call) then I always have the ability to, I do have a headset and I do have communication with them. They can understand my thoughts on certain situations," he said.

Koetter made it obvious after the game the rainy conditions affected his thinking.

"We had a hard time hanging on to the ball. That was severe weather conditions for a while for both teams. If you were in long yardage, it was just ... We had difficulty getting the snap. Just the conditions of the footballs," Koetter said.

Del Rio said he understands why Koetter didn't throw more.

"I think the combination of the weather and our ability to run, them missing two linebackers and obviously Blaine's first start may have contributed to that, but it wasn't really the kind of look I'd like us to have," he said.

The Jaguars ran 34 times and ran only 21 times against the Panthers. Now Del Rio wants the approach to change. So look for the Jaguars to be throwing the ball more Sunday in Gabbert's second start against the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

They also have problems on short-yardage situations and Del Rio said there is not a common denominator.

"It's execution and we just haven't executed in those very important situations and that's the difference between us sitting here with a smile talking about yesterday's game and not. Plays have to be made," he said.

Gabbert didn't express any opinions on whether he should be allowed to throw more.

"Whatever I have to do to help this team win. Whatever they need me to do I'm willing to do. With that amount of rain, those types of field conditions, the lack of dry balls, we had to run the football and we have the best back in the NFL to hand it to," Gabbert said.

Of his first start, he said, "We made some plays, but like I said, it's tough to like anything when you don't win. There are no moral victories in this league. It boils downs to wins and losses. That's a tough pill to swallow but, trust me, we'll get better."


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