JACKSONVILLE – Jedd Fisch won’t say the running offense has been good this season.
In fact, when asked Thursday if the running offense had made the progress he’d hoped in recent weeks, the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator smiled.
“No, it has not,” he said with an exaggerated grin.
At the same time, he said it’s not necessarily far from doing so – and he said the reasons for the struggles this season are varied.
“The run game is a totality of many things,” Fisch said as the Jaguars (1-9) prepared to play the Houston Texans (2-8) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.
“The run game is not just, ‘Are we executing our single blocks. Are we executing our one on ones? Are we executing our gap scheme? Are we executing our fullback?’ Our run game is really all 11 (players).’’
The Jaguars rank 32nd in the NFL in rushing, having rushed for 1.8 yards a carry against Tennessee and 2.0 yards a carry against Arizona last week.
“It’s about every week coming in and saying, ‘OK, we’re going to try this scheme,’ or, ‘This week we’re going to do this,’” Fisch said. “It’s not that. It’s getting there and being consistent at all the positions and continuing to improve.”
Fisch said several weeks ago the main element missing from the running game has been big plays. He reiterated Thursday that the Jaguars have been close – often a step or a trip-up away – in that area, and that a few big runs will make the overall running offense significantly more productive.
“The problem we’re having is we’re not getting any ‘X’-play runs,” Fisch said. “If you don’t get an ‘X’ play run, you’re never going to have more than 60 yards rushing. Statistically, you’ll never have it. Until we break a few, we’ll be hovering in that 40-to-60-yard range.
“That’s not good enough. We have to get better there.”
*Asked if the Jaguars had ruled out the possibility of
*Bradley said the hope is that Hayes and Brown will be able to practice Friday. Bradley said Brown said he made progress Thursday….
*Fisch said if Brown can’t play,
*Taylor, who signed with the Jaguars November 4 off the Arizona practice squad, was inactive against Tennessee and caught two passes for 20 yards against Arizona Sunday. “You never want to see a teammate get hurt, but when that is part of the sport, you know that’s your opportunity to step up and make a name for yourself,” Taylor said….
*Fisch said the Jaguars are accustomed to adjusting at receiver this season. Not only has
*The following players were limited Thursday: cornerback