JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson's post-game press conference following the Jaguars’ 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in a 2023 Week 10 game at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville Sunday
- Not good enough. Pederson made this much clear in Sunday's post-game: Not only was the performance unacceptable, but this version of the Jaguars must also realize there's another level to reach – and far more to accomplish. The Jaguars entered Sunday on a league-best five-game winning streak. Not only did they score their fewest points of the season Sunday, but they were also held without a touchdown for a second time this season. The 31-point margin of defeat was their largest since a 50-10 loss at New England in 2021 and their largest home margin of defeat since a 45-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019. "That's a good football team," Pederson said of a 49ers team that has played in three of the last four NFC Championship Games. "They know what they're doing, and they did it well today. For us, we're still trying to get there. I told the team again [after the game], 'We haven't done anything here. We're trying to be like that.' We're trying to have that consistency and to me this will be in some ways good for our players, a little bit of a wakeup call quite honestly – myself included, coaches, players. We all have to think about what we are willing to give up these next eight games, so we don't do this again. I think our players will rebound – they always have – and we look forward to next week."
- Ready to play. Pederson's post-game focus was less on preparation and more on early-game execution. The 49ers outgained the Jaguars 111-20 in the first quarter and led 10-0 after each team had two possessions, with the Jaguars allowing a sack on each of the first two possessions. A 13-yard pass from quarterback Brock Purdy to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk gave the 49ers a 7-0 lead and kicker Jake Moody's 39-yard field goal pushed the lead to 10-0. "I thought the team was ready," Pederson said. "We failed to execute on the opening drive defensively and we failed to execute on the opening drive offensively. That's the part that is disappointing. Because these guys were ready to go. To have the lack of execution like we did early in the football game, just kind of snowballed from there."
- Home frustrating home. The Jaguars' loss Sunday gave them a 1-3 record this season at EverBank Stadium, with losses in Week 2 to Kansas City and Week 3 to Houston. They beat Indianapolis in Jacksonville in Week 6 with their other home victory this season coming in Week 4 over the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium in London. "We obviously have to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure some things out, especially here at home – three of four games is not very good," Pederson said. "I guess the beauty of everything is we still sit in the driver's seat. We're 6-3 and still a lot of football ahead and great opportunity. This was definitely a humbling experience today."
- Turnover time. The Jaguars' four takeaways Sunday were a season-high and gave them 17 for the season, including 12 in their last six games. The Jaguars have committed turnovers in eight of nine games this season and have seven in the last two games. Jaguars' turnovers on Sunday led to 14 49ers points, with three of the giveaways coming in San Francisco territory. "You can't do that; you just can't do that," Pederson said. "It's a matter of whoever has the football, take care of the football. That's your job. Bring it back to the huddle, let us play another down. We continue to stress it; our players continue to stress it. Until we figure that out, it's going to be long. You just can't do that. You want to be a playoff team, you got to take care of the football."
- Pederson on whether the team played "tight" Sunday: "Nobody wants to go out and coach that way. Nobody wants to go out and play that way. Nobody wants to go out and lose that way. We have way too much pride. These are great opportunities for me to coach this football team and to lead this football team and to instruct this football team. We've got young guys that are learning this for the first time, kind of going through a little adversity. We're trying to put ourselves in positions to be a better football team in the AFC and sometimes it looks brilliant and then there are days like today not so good. Those are the things that each person has to look at themselves and say, 'What am I? Am I studying enough?' As coaches, are we putting our players in better positions to be successful? Are the players doing what they need to do? Are coaches doing what they need to do? It's a group effort. There's enough stuff to go around. I don't want to call it blame, but it's everybody doing their job. I know this football team and I know they will come back Wednesday and when we get ready for Tennessee, they will be focused and ready to go."