NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This one was worse than the last two.
That wasn't easy considering the Jaguars entered Sunday's game having lost their last two games by cumulative 43 points. But Sunday's 42-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium unquestionably stands as the low point of what now is a rapidly declining season.
So much went wrong so fast in the second half Sunday it was hard to keep track. We'll get more into this in this O-Zone Late Night and subsequent O-Zones, but the Jaguars allowed touchdowns on three consecutive offensive plays early in the third quarter to let the Titans turn a 7-3 halftime lead into yet another ugly, one-sided victory over the Jaguars. That wasn't the entirety of a disastrous second half, but it was a lot of it.
The defense couldn't stop the run. Again.
Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles struggled. Again.
The Jaguars as a whole made too many mistakes. Again.
Running back Leonard Fournette ran well for the Jaguars, and that was a positive – but this wasn't a day for positives. This was as bad as the score indicated and it was the sort of loss that defines a season and causes many fans to call for change. We'll see about the last part, but the storyline undoubtedly will be on the minds of many fans moving forward.
That's enough intro for now. Sigh.
Let's get to it …
Art from Drexel Hill, SC
At some point someone is going to be held responsible for this mess, right?
That's a big-picture question only Owner Shad Khan can answer, but the Jaguars entered the season with too many expectations for this not to be an issue. Time will tell, but this will be a topic – and the results of the last three weeks make that unavoidable.
Kyan from Iowa
It has to be time to start over with coaching and management, right? We have some bright spots on this team we can't let it go to waste. This has been an embarrassing year so far.
It wasn't embarrassing in the first eight games. That has changed in the last three games.
Kevin from Danbury, CT
I don't even know what to say. Terrible defense, terrible tackling, no shots taken. Don't even get me started on the penalties. We deserve better. I'm done being optimistic. I also want the stache back. At least when he played the team had juice and seemed like they cared.
This was a common sentiment through the second half Sunday as the Titans pulled away. I get it. How could you not feel that way watching this team in recent weeks?
Logan from Wichita, KS
Has there ever been a team as inept and worthless at stopping mobile QBs? I think we hold that title loud and proud. NO other team is this pathetic at stopping mobile QBs in their history.
JT from Fort Worth, TX
Derrick Henry is the Jaguars daddy.
This is true far too often, particularly in Nashville. The Jaguars did a good job on Henry in the first half, but that turned into a memory early in the third quarter when Henry scored on 74- and seven-yard touchdown runs on back-to-back plays. The Jaguars entered the game focused on stopping the run. Again. They didn't. Again.
JT from Fort Worth, TX
Pay that man!!
This references Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who saved the Jaguars some serious early momentum with a sack/strip/recovery to keep the game scoreless on a Titans drive into the red zone. So, #payyan? Yeah, maybe it's time.
Moshe from Mexico
Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles underthrows a lot, is that an NFL QB for you?
He hasn't looked particularly sharp in these last two starts. I won't argue with you there. How in the world could I?
Big on Blake from Phuilly
Ha. Really, John? C'mon man.
Don't ask me.
Jerell from Columbia, SC
Why is it Foles seem to have a pop pistol for an arm? All his passes are short or hang. They said Gardner Minshew had a weak arm and he seems to have much more pop that Foles. Mabye love and faith will make his arm stronger?
I didn't laugh at this and then I read the last line and I sort of did. If you don't laugh, I guess you cry.
Jim from Jagsonville
Is it okay that I'm rooting for Derrick Henry? YUUULLEEE!
Joshua from Lynchburg, VA
Another drive-ending penalty. *sigh*
This was the much-anticipated, often-awaited, usually-ballyhooed First Email of the Game. It came shortly after a holding penalty on center Brandon Linder negated what would have been an early first-down run by running back Leonard Fournette to the Titans 16 and took the Jaguars back to the Titans 34. A subsequent sack took the Jaguars out of field-goal range and meant an impressive early drive ended with no points. So … sigh? Yeah. Definitely.
Jerell from Columbia, SC
Jags stink. Hold sack punt! Same ole jags
This was the not-as-ballyhooed Second Email of the Game.
Roger from Houston, TX
It's just sad. One playoff season since 2007, and about 3 weeks of excitement over a surprisingly effective rookie quarterback before reality re-emerged. Just not much to build hope on. This team is so hard to watch.
Rob from Jacksonville
I'm done. We support and support and support at some point incompetence can no longer be supported.