JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars have moved forward.
The worst loss of the season is in the rearview – and as they look ahead to Sunday's AFC South home games, defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell on Thursday said that's where the loss is best kept.
"This is one of the ones you just throw away," he said.
Caldwell, speaking as the AFC South-leading (6-3) Jaguars prepared to play the Tennessee Titans (3-6) at EverBank Stadium Sunday, called a 31-point loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday and a game in which "really everything" went wrong.
"We didn't stop the run the way we wanted to, we didn't take the ball away, we didn't pressure the quarterback enough, just the whole gambit," Caldwell said. "It was really just technique, guys not being in the right gaps and we got misaligned a few times. We got cut out of the gap a few times.
"It just goes back to our fundamentals, our techniques, we just have to do what we've been taught to do and we'll get it corrected."
The Jaguars, after entering the game third in the NFL in rushing defense and first in takeaways, allowed their most rushing yards of the season and did not force a turnover. They also did not have a sack.
"When you look at it on film, you're seeing imposters, guys that aren't us," Caldwell said. "Anytime you don't play up to your standard, you come back and have a bunch of things to work on. We're back to work this week at practice trying to get better.
"You look on film and that's not our standard. That's not us, so now we get another chance this Sunday to go back out there and do it the right way."
- Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence this week said the knee issue he has played through the past three games "is feeling better." Lawrence sustained the injury in a Week 6 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, then led the Jaguars to a 28-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints four days later. The Jaguars beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8, had a Week 9 bye then lost to San Francisco Sunday. "It's finally getting to where I'm not going to really think about it as much and it won't be as much of an issue," Lawrence said. "I feel like I'm starting to move pretty fluid and it's not bothering when I do much. Obviously, it's still a little bit here or there, it'll get aggravated. I'm starting to feel comfortable and I'm happy about that with the progress I've made." Lawrence said he again will wear a brace on the knee Sunday against Tennessee. "We've been able to protect it the last few weeks and I'm excited to hopefully finally get going and just play normal, move around, all that stuff," he said. Lawrence, asked if the offense could use his mobility more as he returns to 100 percent, said: "I think that's a big part of this game. No matter who you are, you've got to be able to move, and it feels good getting back to that point where I feel like I can. Whether that's on the perimeter or just escaping the pocket, whatever it is, making plays outside of the pocket off schedule, I think that's stuff that a lot of the good offenses in this league do and that's something we were doing earlier on in the season. We've got to get back to some of that." Said Head Coach Doug Pederson, "That's a strength of his, is being able to throw on the run. The more he feels comfortable and strong, I think the more we can implement those in our gameplans."
- Wide receiver/returner Jamal Agnew on Thursday missed practice for a second consecutive day with a shoulder injury sustained against San Francisco, with cornerback Tyson Campbell also missing practice for a second consecutive day with a hamstring injury he reaggravated against the 49ers. Four Jaguars players practiced limited for a second consecutive day Thuesday: Rookie right tackle Anton Harrison (back), wide receiver Zay Jones (knee), defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle) and wide receiver Parker Washington (knee). Washington's 21-day window to return from injured reserve opened this week.
- Offensive coordinator Press Taylor on the Jaguars' 17 giveaways this season, with 12 coming in the last five games: "That is the No. 1 culprit. When you protect the ball, you get more plays, you stay efficient, you're able to create explosive players. It all kind of ties together. We're certainly trying to do everything possible. It's unacceptable and it has continued for us. We're trying to find everything possible to minimize it. It's something that's on our mind, but it's something that has to show up in the game."