Jaguars First Quarter Report Card

Here is the first quarter report card for the Jacksonville Jaguars

PASSING OFFENSE: B
    QB David Garrard has been very efficient with a 103.8 quarterback rating and no interceptions while throwing three touchdown passes in the first three games. But the wide receivers aren't making big plays and they only have one completion of longer than 33 yards in the first three games.


RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus
    The Jaguars have yet to have a 100-yard rusher in the first three games. Fred Taylor leads the team with 156 yards on 39 carries for a 4.0 average but Maurice Jones-Drew has just 100 yards on 33 carries.


PASS DEFENSE: B
    The Jaguars haven't been burned by the pass, but they've yet to face Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger and they gave up 282 yards rushing to Tennessee in the first game so the Titans didn't have to throw. The pass defense is untested, but there are worries at safety, where Reggie Nelson is too young and Sammy Knight is too old.


RUSH DEFENSE: C-plus
    The Jaguars were burned in the opener for 282 yards on the ground by the Titans, but they tightened up in their next two games. The question now is whether that first game is an aberration or whether they've solved the problems that hurt them in the opener. How they play the next few weeks should answer that question.


SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus
    John Carney has been dependable since replacing ailing Josh Scobee and has made all five of his field-goal attempts although they've all been inside the 40. But Adam Podlesh, their rookie punter, has struggled and is averaging only 38.6 yards a punt. Dennis Northcutt has returned just two punts compared to six fair catches but Jones-Drew is averaging 32 yards a kickoff return. The coverage teams have been solid.


COACHING: C
    The Jaguars weren't prepared for the opener against Tennessee and the coaches called for a spike on third down at the Denver 1 in the first half with 13 seconds remaining and the clock stopped. It's the kind of gaffe that has raised questions about coach Jack Del Rio's game management skills. Del Rio does get credit for leading the team to two victories after the disappointing loss in the opener, but he's clearly on the hot seat going into the final 13 games.




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