EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Doug Marrone wasn't in much of a mood to find positives.
The Jaguars on Sunday lost to the New York Jets, 23-20, in overtime in front of 77,562 at MetLife Stadium. They led early, then rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime.
But considering the team had multiple chances to win in overtime, the Jaguars' head coach didn't find too much solace in the rally.
"I'd like to be able to say 'Yes,' " Marrone said when asked if the Jaguars overcoming a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit on the road was good thing. "But when you come back, you have to finish.
"The momentum was back and forth all day, so it was good to grab it back. The defense obviously grabbed that momentum for us with turnovers. … Really, you just want to finish with a win, so it's hard.
"We'll look at what we could have done better to finish the game."
The Jaguars allowed 256 yards rushing Sunday, with 75 coming on a touchdown run by running back Bilal Powell in the first quarter and 69 more on a touchdown run by rookie Elijah Maguire in the third quarter.
"It's really not that difficult," Marrone said. "Everyone knows we're a single-high safety gap team. When someone gets pushed out of that gap, it opens up holes. They did a nice job. They got us in the gap and we missed tackles at the second and third levels."
A key play in Sunday's game came late when Jets punt returner Jeremy Kerley returned a punt seven yards to the Jaguars 40. The Jets started on the Jaguars 25 after middle linebacker Paul Posluszny was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play. It was Poslusnzy's first unsportsmanlike penalty in 11 NFL seasons. "For taunting, he told me on the sideline," Marrone said. "That's way out of character. I even said something to [referee] Gene [Steratore] afterward, 'You realize that was on 51 … on Poz? That might be the first one he's ever had in his life." Posluszny said he "got cleaned up" on the play. "I got drilled," Posluszny said. "That's why I reacted the way I did. I'm interested to see what it looks like on film. I don't see how I get cleaned up like that and then I get called for unsportsmanlike conduct. They have taken that play out of the game, you know what I mean? That's what I'm confused about right now. I know I got cleaned up." The Jets won four plays later on a 41-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. "I probably shouldn't have said anything," Posluszny said. "I shouldn't have lost my calm." …
The Jaguars traveled up to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets in Week 4.
The Jaguars dominated early, but the Jets turned the game's momentum with Powell's 75-yard touchdown run. Powell gained around 10 yards initially, then stumbled and fell. He got to his feet and ran untouched to the end zone. Officials ruled the play a touchdown. The closest defender to Powell as he fell was linebacker Telvin Smith, who reached for Powell as he fell. Asked if he touched Powell, Smith said, "I wasn't sure. That's one I would like to have back, most definitely. I got sealed off and tried to go backdoor. I tripped over somebody. If I stay over the top maybe we have a different result there."
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette gathered the team before overtime. He was asked afterward his message at the time. "My message to the team: 'don't give up,''' Fournette said. "I hope, as you all can tell, it's a different Jaguars team. We're going to fight back no matter what. That's my biggest message to everybody. We kind of gave them the game today. They capitalized on our mistakes, miscommunications. As a team, we take that loss as a group. We just have to come back next week and continue fighting."
"We were able to execute. We went up and down the field on numerous drives. We have to find a way to get touchdowns and then obviously stay on the field. Penalties were an issue a little bit, so we have to find ways to eliminate them."
--Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles
"It was plays and mistakes that we made or missed that cost us the game. Defensively, we can't give up two long runs like that. That changes everything. The Jets played a solid game, but we felt we made mistakes that dictated the outcome. Long runs, my stupidity at the end of the game – you can't win with stuff like that."
"It was a game that was going back and forth. In all three phases, there are a lot of things we can correct. We can do a better job as coaches, as players. It was disappointing. We had a chance to go 3-1 in the first quarter of the season. We wound up 2-2 and now we have to go back and get ready for the second quarter."