JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the Jaguars' 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday – with an eye on players' reaction to the loss
"I FEEL SICK RIGHT NOW"
Three losses in three games.
Oh-and-three wasn't what Jaguars coaches or players expected from the start of the 2016 season, but that's where they are after a 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field Sunday.
It's a tough spot. It's disappointing spot.
It makes Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts even more important and it means somehow, some way this team needs to find a way to win. That has been said often after all three losses to start the 2016 season, and the words echoed in a quiet Jaguars locker room Sunday.
"It's infuriating," middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said after the Jaguars rallied from a 10-0 first-half deficit before losing when Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converted a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.
"We really wanted to show our resolve after getting our head beat in in San Diego. We wanted to say, 'All right, let's turn it.' That's why it's disappointing.'''
The Jaguars played better Sunday than they did in a 38-14 loss at San Diego a week before, particularly defensively. The Jaguars held the Ravens to 283 total yards, and forced three takeaways. One takeaway came when Denard Robinson and the others came on interceptions by Posluszny and free safety Tashaun Gipson.
The takeaways gave the Jaguars three fourth-quarter possessions that began in Ravens territory, but those drives produced just three points.
"Before we start winning games we have to stop giving games away," tight end Marcedes Lewis said. "Everybody has a hand in it. The execution down the stretch could have been better, the penalties … the margin for error is so small that you can't be out there playing on some plays like we never practice. We have to go out there and execute. This ranks as one of the …"
Lewis stopped then said, "I feel sick right now."
Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley called the game a "tough, hard-fought battle" and said the team is "well-aware" of its situation after three games.
"As the head coach, I'm the problem-solver," Bradley said. "We've got to solve these problems and quickly – and that's exactly what I told the team. We've got to look to extract more from our players, from our coaches, from everybody involved with this, asking them to give more. …
"It's up to the coaches to put the players in position to succeed, and it's up to the players to make plays. We all take full responsibility with this. We just didn't have enough to get it done. There are times during the year when our character is tested, and that's now."
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Steve Smith Sr. had words late in Sunday's game. They also had an exchange afterward that was still a topic in the post-game locker room. "When you've been beating the opponent that's in front of you both physically and psychologically all day, they tend to get mad like that," Ramsey told reporters. "I don't care how old he is. If that made him angry then he can go home and sleep on it. I don't care. It is what it is. … I'm not worried about him. He was still mad because I was locking him up. Alright, well sleep on it. I'm not trying to hear that after the game." Ramsey said he noticed during the game that the Ravens were lining Smith up away from his side at times. "It is what it is," Ramsey said, "As a player, he's still a good player. I'll say that about him. I don't respect him as a man though." Smith, who has 977 receptions for 14,102 yards and 76 career touchdowns, caught eight passes for 87 yards Sunday. He responded to Ramsey via Twitter, saying among other statements, "Young man I don't need ur respect!"
"It's never good to be 0-3. We work hard, practice hard and play hard so it sucks when the final result on the scoreboard is not the Jaguars winning. …We've got to go back to the drawing board and it starts with the little things. There are some things we talked about and we'll keep that in the locker room, but we're going to regroup."
--Jaguars CB Davon House
"Every loss is tough so you can't put one loss higher than another; they're all the same so you've got to go out and get this thing turned around."
--WR Allen Hurns
"We came out and did everything we had to do but towards the end of the game I think things got a little out of hand and a little sloppy and they were able to come out there and win the game. But that's the difference between good teams and elite teams; find ways to come back and make plays and win the football game."
--S Tashaun Gipson