JACKSONVILLE – Doug Pederson remains confident. Very confident.
A day after a turnover-plagued loss to the unbeaten and NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles, Pederson on Monday said he believes the right lessons will be learned. The Jaguars' head coach also said this:
The learning must happen sooner than later.
"There are teachable moments, but at the same time, you start running out of time," Pederson said Monday, a day after the 29-21 loss at a rainy Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. "Your season is moving along, is moving fast.
"We're into Week 5. We keep saying there's a lot of ball ahead of us and all that, but if we don't fix it, you're going to look up and say, 'I wish I could …' or that shoulda, woulda, coulda deal."
The Jaguars, after one-sided victories over the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2 and 3, slipped to 2-2 Sunday. They are tied with the Tennessee Titans for first place in the AFC South, followed by the Colts at 1-2-1 and the Houston Texans 0-3-1.
"We have a 24-hour rule, so we watched the film, and we're going to completely flush it," Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew said Monday. "We have to learn from the mistakes that we made, and that's what we're going to do. We're going to bounce back.
"We're a really good team. Especially when we're out there executing like we're supposed to be – offense, defense, special teams – we're going to be one of the best teams in this league. We've got to do the little things to get to that level to talk like that."
The Jaguars led 14-0 in the second quarter Sunday, but the Eagles scored the next 29 points before a late Jaguars touchdown. The Eagles rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns on 50 carries against a Jaguars defense that entered Week 4 ranked No. 1 in the NFL in rushing defense.
"They're disappointed," Pederson said. "They're mad. They're upset. I think they're starting to believe just how special they are, just how good they can be. Sometimes, we just have to get out of our own way and just go play."
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Sunday completed 11 of 23 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns to Agnew but also committed five turnovers – a third-quarter red-zone interception with the Jaguars trailing 20-14 and four lost fumbles. Three fumbles led to Eagles touchdowns and the last came on first-and-10 with 1:54 remaining and the Jaguars at their 21 trailing by the final margin.
"Let's hope it's a blip," Pederson said. "I don't think it's a setback. I think it's a blip. You hate to say it, but maybe it's one of those games in the season where just nothing goes right. It happens. I never make excuses. We have to do a better job of hanging onto the football. He knows that. That's the prize possession out there. If we make the plays that were left on the field, it might be a different outcome today."
Pederson said the Jaguars will discuss with Lawrence using gloves designed for wet conditions.
"It's an individual preference," Pederson said. "It's nothing I would force him to wear. But it's something to have that conversation if we know we're going to be in bad weather. We just have to focus on two hands on the ball and just making sure we do everything in our power to keep it in our hands."
Pederson on Monday was asked if having a late chance to beat an unbeaten team on the road despite five turnovers might be a "learning opportunity" for a young team and a young quarterback.
"Obviously, it is what it is," Pederson said. "We lost the football game. But when you look at it, there were plays to be made. Our guys will learn to make them as we go. In time, they will learn to do that. There are very teachable moments for us as an offense, for a team – even defensively.
"At the end of the day, that's a playoff team that we still had chances of beating. Unfortunately, we didn't."
- Pederson on Monday said veteran defensive end Foley Fatukasi sustained a quad injury Sunday and is considered day-to-day moving forward. Pederson on Monday also said wide receiver Zay Jones was looking good to return to practice this week after missing Sunday's game with an ankle injury. "I think he'll be ready to go," Pederson said of Jones.
It was a game of rainy reunions at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. The Jaguars took a hard 29-21 loss to the Eagles in a Week 4 matchup but the toughness and emotion remained present. Swipe through to view game day photos.