JACKSONVILLE – In a weekly feature for the 2021 season, NFL Media and Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks breaks down the Jaguars' performance in a 21-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field Sunday
The Jaguars continue to give away games due to self-inflicted mistakes. The combination of turnovers, penalties and inconsistent execution by the Jaguars enabled the Falcons to walk away with a road win. The Jaguars' myriad of errors continues a season-long trend that should raise concerns about the team's preparation and overall awareness. This team makes too many mistakes to win, and it will not win another game until it cleans up its play.
KEYS TO VICTORY
The Jaguars gift-wrapped the Falcons a win with a series of critical errors that created short fields and easy scoring opportunities. From the back-to-back turnovers from quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back James Robinson in the first half to the silly penalties that extended drives, the Jaguars helped a struggling team regain confidence by making the game easier for the Falcons. Although the defense played well for most of the day, 108 yards rushing from Falcons weapon Cordarrelle Patterson was a disappointing development due to the lack of other high-end weapons in the Falcons' lineup. The Jaguars must be able to neutralize one-dimensional teams with few explosive options on the perimeter.
The rookie continues to struggle in an offense that lacks creativity and explosive weapons. The combination of talent and tactics is necessary to thrive, and the Jaguars come up short in each area. While Lawrence's accuracy woes and his questionable decisions have raised some eyebrows around the league, it is hard to expect better play from the rookie when everything around him is flawed or underachieving.
Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell is not in former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's class as a premier corner with All-Pro skills, but the rookie certainly has the potential to emerge as an all-star playmaker in the Jaguars' defense. The rookie defender possesses the size, length and athleticism to play shutdown corner, but he needs to refine his technique to take his game from good to great over the next year. Against the Falcons, Campbell made a handful of plays that provided the football world with a glimpse of his talent and potential as CB1, and the Jaguars should be excited about his emergence as a budding star on the island.
The Jaguars' offense remains a work in progress as coordinator Darrell Bevell attempts to maximize the talent in the starting lineup without radically overhauling his scheme. To date, he has been unable to put the pieces of the puzzle together to help the unit rack up first downs or touchdowns consistently. Lawrence and Robinson have failed to make a significant impact on the game, and their minimal contributions have kept the Jaguars behind the eight ball. If Jaguars are going to make a run at finishing with a handful of wins this season, the talent and tactics must improve to get it done.
Despite the mounting losses, the Jaguars' defense continues to fight and put the team in a position to win. Against the Falcons, the unit surrendered 332 yards but found a way to keep the score down while giving the offense chance after chance to close the gap in the fourth quarter. The effort and energy from the defense are praiseworthy, but the unit must play at a dominant level for the Jaguars to have any chance of winning with the offense stuck in a rut. The lofty standard is not fair to the defense, but leaning on defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen, linebacker Myles Jack, safety Rayshawn Jenkins and others is the only way for the Jaguars to win at this point of the season.