JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone focused afterward on turnovers and penalties.
The Jaguars in a 37-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Everbank Field on Sunday committed three of the former and 10 of the latter. The Jaguars head coach's view on the statistic was simple.
"That's not the way we want to play," Marrone said.
The Jaguars' one-sided home loss to their division rivals Sunday cost them a chance to improve to 2-0 in the division, and came after an equally one-sided road victory over the Houston Texans a week ago in the regular-season opener.
"At the end of the day, just like I said before after the first week, I wasn't too high," Marrone said. "This week I'm not too low."
The Jaguars on Sunday led 3-0 early, and the score was tied 3-3 until a 41-yard field goal by Titans kicker Ryan Succop on the final play of the half. But the momentum began shifting toward Tennessee midway through the second quarter.
The Jaguars faced 1st-and-10 at the Titans 48 when tight end Marcedes Lewis was penalized 10 yards for a hands-to-the-face penalty. That set up a 1st-and-20 situation. Titans defensive end Brian Orakpo strip/sacked quarterback Blake Bortles for the game's first turnover two plays later.
The Jaguars' 10 penalties went for 99 yards Sunday and they created situations of first-or second-and-more than 19 yards on five different drives for the offense. Those five drives came on a six-possession stretch in the second and third quarters, a stretch in which the Titans turned a 3-3 tie into a 23-3 lead.
"It's hard to call plays when you're starting out first and 20," Marrone said, adding, "This does not give us the position that we want to be in from a standpoint of field position and a standpoint of being able to run the football the way we want to."
Marrone said the penalties hurt more than just field position Sunday, noting that one first-half penalty cost the Jaguars points. The Jaguars had first-and-10 at the Titans 27 with 3:14 remaining in the second quarter. This was after an impressive 57-yard drive after an interception by linebacker Tevin Smith. On 1st-and-10 from the 27, running back Chris Ivory was called for a face-mask penalty. That backed the Jaguars to their 42. Bortles threw his first interception on the ensuing play, and the Titans drove 38 yards for Succop's half-ending field goal. "We can't do that," Marrone said. "We get a penalty that gets us out of field-goal range and then wind up getting the ball tipped and a pick."
Bortles completed 20 of 34 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions Sunday. He was 9 of 9 for 134 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and 11 of 25 for 89 yards with two interceptions before that. Marrone was asked afterward he considered a quarterback change Sunday. "No," he said.
The Jaguars' defense allowed six first-half points before allowing 31 in the second half. The second-half stretch included four consecutive touchdown drives by the Titans before quarterback Marcus Mariota knelt twice to end the final Tennessee series. "I didn't see it as wearing down because we have a well-conditioned team," Jaguars safety Barry Church said. "I saw it as we weren't able to make the same plays we DID in the first half. That is what good defenses do, they make adjustments coming out the second half and they play. Early on, in the second half, we were able to do that, but as the game wore, we weren't able to make those same plays. As defense, we have to get better and take the ball away. Their defense had two or three takeaways. We have to match that and we didn't match that. That was going to be the difference."
"We had a lot of mistakes. Even when we found ways to move the ball forward, we still found ways to bring ourselves back. You can't win the game doing things like that. Tipped balls and things and turnovers, we just have to improve in that standpoint. I feel like we had more control than the tipped balls and mistakes on our own. We will be fine."
--Jaguars WR Marqise Lee
"I feel like once we got something going we would have a first down and come back because it was a penalty. That haunted us in a lot of the drives. We have to stay consistent and play ahead of mistakes instead of being second-and-long or third-and-long. That is going to hurt us."
--Jaguars WR Allen Hurns
"It had nothing to do with physicality with what they were doing. It was just stuff we weren't doing and that is all that really matters. That can play anyway they want to if we come out and do what we are supposed to do, then it doesn't matter how they are taught to do. We just have to go back to the drawing board and fix the things that we can control."
--Jaguars DT Malik Jackson