Jaguars' Teal & Black Elephant

The Jaguars Defense is not only the story locally when it comes to the NFL; it is one of the Top 5 stories nation wide when it comes to the first two weeks of Camp, League wide.

(Jacksonville)  From the beginning of time we all have heard a variety of tales on balance. Each example is told to make the one on the bottom end of the equation feel that somehow the universe will right itself. 

*Everything happens for a reason

*Things always even themselves out

*You have to take the good with the bad

*The Alpha and The Omega

Well I guess I am about to be the guy that is going to ask the question that no one else is but we all are thinking.  Actually I was the guy that asked the question to Gus Bradley today after the Jaguars wrapped up Day 1 of their 3rd week of Training Camp. We will get to that question later.  The Jaguars Defense is not only the story locally when it comes to the NFL; it is one of the Top 5 stories nation wide when it comes to the first two weeks of Camp, League wide.   This Defense could have  as many as 4, that's right 4, guys that have never played an NFL snap  (Fowler Jr., Ramsey, Jack, Ngakoue) start. And they are eating the offense alive.   I am impressed like everyone else.  Let's face it.  The Jaguars have themselves a Teal & Black Elephant that's not only in the room but it is staring right at us.  Is anyone else concerned that the Jags Offense is getting schooled by their younger brothers?

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Jalen Ramsey has slid right into the Jags much heralded defense

The additions the Dave Caldwell made were strong but with Clay Mathews Jr and Khalil Mack on tap the 1st month of the season when is time to look at the Omega to this Alpha?  When do we look ourselves in the mirror and say If the Defense looks this great, this amazing; doesn't that mean the offense looks bad?  Rough?  Ugly?  Both sides can't be Great.  That's the equivalent of telling a QB that threw 3 picks and and DB that had all three of those picks they both were great.   Penetration + Interceptions + Tackles for Loss = Both sides look Great?  Yeah... I guess I am the guy that just pointed out that there is a scratch on this shiny new ride. 

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If Blake Bortles can't remain upright the greatness of the Defense may be a moot point

I asked Gus Bradley about when he starts to worry about the offense?  His response:  Well I’m not—you focus on each unit. We talked about rip attempts, trying to go for the ball. We were up in the 20s every practice and the scrimmage we came out, we had eight. It dropped way down," said Bradley. "So we’ve got to be able to bring that mentality from the practice field to a heightened environment. I mean there’s things we need to work on defensively and offensively.”

Todd Bowles, The Jets and The Meadowlands await this shiny new toy.  The defense is the new car on the "Price is Right".   The Offense - Well that's what is behind Door #3.      


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