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Day after: Moving forward

Posted Sep 18, 2017

Jaguars DT Abry Jones one day after a one-sided loss to Tennessee in 2017 home opener: “We just know we can’t let this last game beat us again”

JACKSONVILLE – More so than a week ago, the keel must stay even.

That was the Jaguars’ message Monday, a day after their first loss of the 2017 regular season. The message reflected the postgame thoughts of Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Marrone in the wake of a one-sided loss to the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field Sunday said just as he wasn’t too high in the wake of a Week 1 victory at Houston, he wasn’t too low after Sunday’s performance.

Players on Monday echoed that sentiment.

“We just know we can’t let this last game beat us again,” Jaguars defensive tackle Abry Jones said Monday, a day after the Jaguars lost to the Titans, 37-16. “We’ll check, watch the film, see what we did wrong and improve. That’s the only thing we can do.

“If we keep thinking about that game, it’s not going to help us.”

Wide receiver Allen Hurns said the key for any NFL player or team is “you have to be able to recover quickly.”

“No matter what happens last week, the day before – or what you did the year before – each week you have to show what you’re capable of,” Hurns said. “People forget if you don’t do it consistently. If you want to be a good team, you have to play all phases every week.”

Around the locker room Monday:

*The Jaguars’ annual home game at Wembley Stadium in London is up next, with team scheduled to leave Thursday before playing host to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET. This is the fifth consecutive season the Jaguars have played a home game in the United Kingdom, and the team has won its last two games at Wembley – 34-31 over Buffalo in 2015 and 30-27 over Indianapolis last season. This will be the third consecutive season the team has left for London on Thursday; the Jaguars arrived early in the week before their 2013 and 2014 losses to San Francisco and Dallas. “By now, the Jaguars as team and an organization know what to expect,” Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said. “We know when we’re leaving, and we know the type of schedule we’re going to be on. We know the kind of environment the game is going to be in. For a lot of the guys, it won’t be a new experience. We should be more comfortable with going over there now. …”

*The Jaguars through two weeks rank 23rd in the NFL in total offense – ninth in rushing and 26th in passing. Quarterback Blake Bortles finished Sunday’s game completing 20 of 34 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, but he had completed 11 of 25 passes for 89 yards with two interceptions entering the fourth quarter. The Jaguars trailed 23-3 at that point. “We’ve got to get involved early,” Hurns said, adding as he did Sunday that much about the Jaguars’ offense “was thrown off because of the penalties.” The Jaguars committed 10 penalties for 99 yards Sunday, but committed a penalty of at least 10 yards on five of six possessions through the second and third quarters. The Jaguars faced “to-go” situations of at least 19 yards on all five drives, committing turnovers on two drives and punting on the three others. “It throws off everything for the offensive coordinator, because you don’t have your whole playbook in hands,” Hurns said. “You’re playing behind the sticks. We just have to get on the same page. I don’t think we had a problem beating those guys in the [Titans’] secondary]. I don’t think that was a problem at all.” …

*Neither Posluszny nor Jones said frustration played a factor for defensively Sunday. The unit allowed three field goals on the Titans’ first seven possessions, at which point Tennessee led, 9-3. The Titans extended the lead to 16-3 with a 17-yard run by running back Derrick Henry on a 34-yard drive that began with a 46-yard punt return, then scored touchdowns on their next three possessions before kneeling to drain the clock on the game’s final possession. “We all play defense for a reason,” Jones said. “Those are the situations we live for. That’s where great defenses make their name. We had a stand early, so we knew we could stop them on a short field. We just have to be consistent in that.” Said Posluszny, “We went out there with some short fields, gave up some big plays and that led to points. That’s the difficult part for us because defensively, we want to make stops wherever the ball is.” …

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