1. A lot of work needs to get done in a hurry. You’re never as far away as you look in the NFL. That’s an old coaching adage, and there’s truth to it. It’s what Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey will tell his team, and history suggests he’s right. But the Jaguars have lost three home games by 17 or more points. There may be a lot of little fixable things, but we’re five games in and those things need to get fixed before the season slips too far away.
2. The run defense is struggling. It looked better for two games, but the tackling issues that were a problem early came back Sunday. The Bears rushed for 214 yards, and while a lot of that was after the game was decided, that’s just too many. Some of it’s the interior line. Some is having backups at outside linebacker. Some of it is not filling run gaps. It all adds up to a defense that’s not getting offenses off the field. This isn’t an elite-level defense in terms of Pro Bowl talent, but it was a good tackling defense last season. It needs to get back to that.
3. The passing offense is hurting
4. The pass rush still isn’t right. The Jaguars had one sack for five yards. The good news is the Jaguars did get a sack, their first in three games. The bad news is they only got one and Jay Cutler still had far too much time to throw.
6. Gabbert must improve. We’re not going to make this No. 1, because it’s not the biggest problem on this team. Gabbert still needs help from the receivers. He still needs better protection more consistently. But there’s no doubt he also needs to make more plays downfield, and you need more than a few first-half completions to have a complete day.
7. Cecil Shorts has a knack for the big play. He’s not doing it all of the time yet, but no receiver on the Jaguars has made more big plays this season. It’s not even close.
8. The black unis looked good. Yeah, I know it didn’t seem to matter by the end of the game. But the black jerseys and white pants – I liked the look. Some people didn’t, but overall, they looked sharp.