NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Jaguars' struggles offensively are real.
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence's struggles Sunday were equally real. As he has done throughout the season, the rookie quarterback discussed them candidly following yet another difficult day.
"It obviously starts with me being the quarterback," Lawrence said following a 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon. "I accept all the blame for what I did. I didn't play well. I didn't put us in good situations."
"I take that on the chin. We're going to keep getting better and keep going to work. That's all there is to do. The season is not over yet.
Head Coach Urban Meyer called the situation "tough."
"It's growing pains," Meyer said. "To you say that's all on Trevor. Of course not. When you run the ball eight times for eight yards …"
The Jaguars indeed rushed for a franchise-record-low eight yards Sunday, and were shutout for the first time since a 41-0 loss to Seattle in October 2009. They are averaging 9.1 points per game in the last seven games, and haven't led since a 9-6 victory over Buffalo on November 7.
"We've got to help our defense," Lawrence said. "They kept us in the game, gave us plenty of chances and we didn't do anything with it."
Lawrence started well Sunday with 10 completions in 12 first-half attempts and a passer rating in the 90s. The offense was fairly efficient on third down and was moving the ball steadily. But every time they seemingly took a step forward, an untimely penalty killed their momentum and put them behind the chains.
The running game on Sunday was never a factor, with running back James Robinson rushing six times for four yards. Lawrence as a result was constantly under pressure from the Titans, throwing four interceptions in a second half that spiraled out of control.
"A lot of things to correct and you have to take it one step at a time and like I always say, 'I've got to go back and watch the tape,' " Lawrence said.
The defense answered throughout the second half, allowing only three points and 22 yards after the four interceptions. But the offense failed to take advantage of a solid defensive performance – although the unit did take and get some downfield shots, an area where the Jaguars have struggled since wide receiver DJ Chark was injured in September.
"That was the emphasis we had, and I thought we had a really good plan," Lawrence said.
Learning from his mistakes and learning to make better decisions is what the rookie season is all about at the quarterback position. Lawrence understands, but is tired of learning and wants to start making the kinds of plays he's accustomed to making.
"I'm frustrated the way I finished," he said. "Towards the end of the game, that last interception was definitely the worst one as far as decisions and I'm frustrated with that because you can't give them the ball again even if the game is out of hand. You have to give yourself an opportunity and I didn't do that today."
Guard Andrew Norwell committed three holding penalties Sunday, with the Jaguars committing nine penalties for 79 yards. Meyer was asked if the coaches considered replacing Norwell. "There was some conversation there," he said. "Obviously we didn't make that decision."
Meyer on his first NFL season: "It hasn't exactly materialized the way I expected it to have, the experience of winning games. I knew that this was somewhat of a build. I also really believe that we have plenty of good enough players to go win games. I still believe that. That's why I get so disappointed sometimes with our coaching staff or myself, because I think we can do better than we're doing. Really disappointed."
Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin: "My main focus is focusing on the players, focusing on the game, focusing on each practice and trying to play my best ball I can play. Besides everything outside of that, you can't control it. I give my all for each player. I make sure they are good. I make sure I do my best and they can count on me. I focus on each guy, get the guys started, get them going, bringing the energy. That's the part I control. In the locker room that is what I do."
Griffin on whether Meyer still "has the locker room:" "For sure. As a coach, there is no way we can go between each another. It's tough, it's hard to do that. My main thing is whatever it is, we have to figure out as a group being on the same page, as grown men, that's what we have to do and we will. There's no pointing fingers, there's no, 'It's the coaches,' there's none of that. We are grown men and we have to have grown men conversations and figure out how to get on the same page with each other so we won't have these stories or whatever it is coming out."
Sunday marked the Jaguars' ninth consecutive AFC South loss, a streak that extends to a Week 1 victory over Indianapolis last season. They have lost five consecutive games to the Titans and next Sunday look to break a seven-game losing streak against the Houston Texans. … The Jaguars were officially eliminated from the playoffs with Sunday's loss to the Titans. That makes four straight seasons outside of the postseason since losing the AFC Championship Game in New England following the 2017 season.
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