JACKSONVILLE – New voice, same theme.
Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor on Thursday spoke to the media and unsurprisingly echoed a major topic Head Coach Doug Pederson has emphasized throughout the week.
The topic was mistakes – specifically, how to prevent the ones made last week from continuing.
"We're going to rectify that situation," Taylor said Thursday morning as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1) in the 2022 regular-season home opener at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
- What Pederson this week repeatedly has called correctable mistakes in a 28-22 season-opening loss to the Washington Commanders this past Sunday: penalties, missed red-zone opportunities and missed completable passes – to name a few.
- The Jaguars produced 383 yards Sunday and averaged 6.8 yards per carry. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for 275 yards and a touchdown. The offense had just one three-and-out drive. But the Jaguars scored just 16 points on five red-zone opportunities and failed to score on two of their three such opportunities in the first half.
"It felt like we missed opportunities," Taylor said. "There were things there that we didn't execute at the highest level on. Then, there were things where we were shooting ourselves in the foot."
The Jaguars committed 13 penalties Sunday, with seven on the offense. The Jaguars had just four penalty-free drives and scored touchdowns on two of them.
"There were certainly some issues that didn't show themselves during the week of practice that we didn't anticipate," Taylor said. "For whatever reason, they did happen – whether it was a miscommunication or somebody just forgot something. We've gone back and made sure we're doing everything (in practice) that we do on game day so we can eliminate some of those situations that may have come up."
The Jaguars also converted 3 of 12 third-down opportunities Sunday, which Taylor said in a sense was intertwined with the penalties and red-zone efficiency.
"I don't know if I have a hierarchy of it," he said. "I think it all plays together. If you eliminate the pre-snap penalties, then you're little more efficient and maybe you have better situations on third downs and don't have as many third and longs as we got ourselves in. Then, you're able to execute at a higher level, get in the red zone more and be more efficient. I think it all kind of goes hand in hand."
- The Jaguars on Sunday allowed two sacks and 10 quarterback hurries, with Taylor on Thursday addressing the play of the offensive line. "We faced a very talented front," Taylor said. "It's tough when it's on the interior. Everybody across the line and everybody across our offense, there are plays we want back. We have to do our job as an entire offense to keep them out of situations where everybody in the stadium knows it's a drop-back pass and guys can tee off, run their pick stunts and their games. That certainly makes it tough as an offensive line. It's continuing to work through that and we expect to be better in Week 2 than we were in Week 1."
- The Jaguars listed no players on the injury report for a second consecutive day.
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