JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the Monday that was around EverBank Field a day after a victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 6 of the 2016 NFL season
"IT'S NOT COMING ALONG"
The Jaguars' struggles to run continue.
The Jaguars in four of five games this season have rushed for less than 100 yards, a trend that continued Sunday in a come-from-behind victory over Chicago.
Chris Ivory's one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter was the veteran's first rushing touchdown since joining the Jaguars in the offseason, but for the game the Jaguars rushed for 54 yards on 20 carries.
"I can't argue with the run game; it's not coming along," Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars rallied from a 13-point deficit for a 17-16 victory at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
The Jaguars for the season have rushed for 355 yards on 107 carries, with a 29-carry, 136-yard performance in a 30-27 victory over Indianapolis their only game rushing for more than 100 yards. They currently rank 31st in the NFL in rushing.
"We just need to execute," Jaguars center Brandon Linder said. "Obviously, we're not getting it done. We just have to figure it out and get it going."
Bradley said while there were issues with execution and technique most of the issue stemmed from a lack of speed and urgency.
"Some of the same things are popping up," Bradley said. "It all comes back to, why aren't we playing fast? It doesn't look to me that, when we're out there – the offensive line, tight ends and everybody – we're executing. There's just not a certain speed or urgency in our play.
"Whether it's too complicated, something is holding us back from playing as aggressively as we need to in the run game. That's where our attention is now. How do we get this fixed?"
Bradley said figuring out how to solve the urgency – or whatever ails the running game – is a priority this week.
"I think that is the discussion for all of us," he said. "We are taking a look at it. How are we coming off the ball? Are we getting movement on double teams? On the zone scheme, are we targeting correctly? What are the factors that are keeping us from targeting? What is keeping us from double teaming? Is there some uncertainty there or what is it that is keeping us from being aggressive? I think those are the factors we are looking at right now."
Linder played through a right foot injury Sunday. He was the only new injury news Monday, though wide receiver Allen Hurns was evaluated for a concussion during the game and was cleared to return.
The Jaguars not only held the Bears without a first down on seven second-half third-down opportunities, they limited Chicago to one touchdown on four possessions inside the 20. One such red-zone stop came in the fourth quarter when a third-down sack by rookie Yannick Ngakoue helped the Jaguars hold the Bears to a field goal after a lost fumble by quarterback Blake Bortles. "They come away with just field goals – gave us a chance, especially at the end to get back in the game and ended up winning the game," Bradley said. "That was a big stat for us. We're pleased to see that."
… NOTABLE II
Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin's impact Sunday was immediate. Colvin, suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy, played the nickel position Sunday in his first game back and finished with five tackles – including a tackle for loss. He had two key open-field tackles on Chicago's final possession as the Jaguars stopped the Bears short of field-goal range to clinch the victory. "Sometimes, when you've been off for four weeks and come back, tackling becomes an issue," Bradley said. "I thought he did a good job. I thought not only at tackling, but at recognition. I think there were a couple jailbreak screens that he came back and made tackles on. Sometimes, recognition, game speed, it takes a little time to get to. I thought he played very fast [Sunday]."
"I thought Roy did really well. You just don't want to take him for granted because when he's there playing he's playing very, very well for us right now."
---Bradley on defensive tackle Roy Miller III
"He continues to play with great confidence."
---Bradley on wide receiver Marqise Lee