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Scout's Take: Bucky Brooks examines Jaguars-Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

October 16th, 2022
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts October 16th, 2022

JACKSONVILLE – In a weekly feature for the 2022 season, NFL Media and Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks breaks down the Jaguars' performance in a 34-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday:


  • The Jaguars are on the verge of becoming a consistent winner under Head Coach Doug Pederson, but the young team must learn how to win games. The art of winning is a skill developed over time through a series of experiences that help each player understand the urgency and execution needed to win on game day. Against the Colts, the Jaguars had a few breakout players such as running back Travis Etienne Jr. put the team in a position to win, but the "stars" did not finish out the game with closeout plays. Until the Jaguars' A-level players produce in those moments, the team will have a tough time joining the ranks of the elites in the AFC.


  • The Jaguars did not take care of the details needed to win. The defense could not get off the field on third down and gave away too many first downs via penalty. The inability to win on "money" downs is alarming based on the team's pass-rush potential and skill in the secondary. This team should be outstanding on third and fourth downs with outside linebacker Josh Allen, outside linebacker Travon Walker, inside linebacker Devin Lloyd and others attacking the pocket from various alignments, but the Colts neutralized the pass rush with an effective quick-rhythm passing game that put the burden on quarterback Matt Ryan to get the ball out quickly. The Colts combined the quick-rhythm pass attack with an up-tempo approach that prevented the Jaguars from subbing pass rushers in and out of the game to exploit a weak offensive line. In addition, the Colts utilized a variety of crossing routes and pick combinations to bust up the Jaguars' man-to-man coverages. With the Jaguars unable to hold up on the perimeter against wide receivers Michael Pittman, Alec Pierce and Parris Campbell, Colts Head Coach Frank Reich won the chess match on Sunday with clever tactics. Offensively, the Jaguars did not make enough plays to take control of the game when it was in the balance. The failed fourth-down conversion with the team clinging to a 21-19 in the third quarter robbed the Jaguars of three potential points and an extended lead against a team that entered the game with offensive woes.


  • Pederson and Trevor Lawrence continue to experiment with various concepts and play calls designed to make the Jaguars' QB1 more comfortable running the offense. Against the Colts, the Jaguars ran a modernized version of the Clemson offense that featured a variety of screens, quick routes, run-pass-options and designed quarterback runs that enabled Lawrence to find his groove early. Although the second-year pro continues to miss wide-open pass catchers early in games, his bounce-back performance following a pair of disappointing shows should encourage the staff he will get the offense back on track.


  • It is hard to call a former first-round selection a "sleeper" or unsung hero, but Etienne deserves a spot in this column due to his key contributions as a role player. The second-year pro has started to flex his muscles as a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. Etienne amassed 100-plus scrimmage yards on 12 touches Sunday while exhibiting the breakaway speed and burst that makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. His 48-yard run showcased his explosive potential as a home-run hitter in the backfield. If the Jaguars continue to tap into his skills as a big-play threat, the explosive and points will start to come in bunches.


  • The Jaguars' decision to utilize more tempo and Clemson-like concepts helped Lawrence find his rhythm as a playmaker. The combination of quick throws, movement passes and designed quarterback runs played to his strengths as a mobile playmaker from the pocket. Although his stat line was not impressive, the offense flows when Lawrence is playing fast and free with the ball in his hands. Pederson deserves credit for getting the ball into the hands of the most explosive athletes to jump-start the offense against the Colts. It is not a coincidence that Etienne and wide receiver Jamal Agnew logged touches early in the game based on their production leading up to Week 6. With more opportunities to create big plays in space, the Jaguars certainly benefitted from getting their most dynamic weapons the ball early and often in the contest. From a critical standpoint, I am sure the offensive staff would love a do-over on the fourth-down call. The speed option was poorly executed and kept the Jaguars from extending a drive that could have put immense pressure on the Colts in the second half.


  • The Jaguars' defense was fooled by a creative Colts game plan that surprisingly featured a pass-heavy attack. The combination of tempo, quick passes and crossing routes neutralized the Jaguars' pass rush and exposed a vulnerable secondary. With cornerback Shaq Griffin and others struggling in coverage, the clever plan forced Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell to change his approach on the fly. The zone-heavy counter tactics also bombed, with Ryan picking apart the defense with an assortment of quick throws and checkdowns underneath coverage. The efficient passing game not only frustrated the defense, but it enabled the Colts to control the clock and dictate the terms of the game.

From suiting up pregame to onfield action, check out the top game day photos from the Jaguars 2022 Week 6 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

All images were shot and edited by Kam Nedd, Manager of Photography.

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