JACKSONVILLE – In a weekly feature for the 2021 season, NFL Media and Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks breaks down the Jaguars' performance in a 37-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday
The Jaguars were overmatched and outclassed by a superior team. The Rams not only have a better roster, but they overwhelmed the Jaguars with their flawless execution – particularly in the second half. The talent disparity was expected based on the accumulation of All-Stars by the Rams, but the difference in execution is a reflection of the coaching and teaching methods. Considering Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer promised to bring in the best coaches on the planet, the lack of execution and repeated miscues must be addressed before the Jaguars can become a more competitive team in the AFC.
KEYS TO VICTORY
The Jaguars could not slow the Rams for four quarters despite the defense's best attempts. The Rams' superior talent eventually wore down a defense that played too many snaps in the game. The toll of chasing the Rams' speedy playmakers and dealing with a physical running game sparked by Rams running back Sony Michel was too much for the defense in a game that was more lopsided than the final score. To be fair, it is hard to take the defense to task when it frequently faces adversity. From poor kick coverage to sloppy turnovers, the defense is receiving little-to-no help from the offense and special teams. It is a problem that has persisted for most of the season, and it continues to keep the Jaguars from winning against top competition.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, is not playing well – but it is hard to pick his game apart when he does not have much support. From the play caller to the playmakers, the Jaguars have not done Lawrence any favors when it comes to his acclimation to the NFL. Perhaps it is on the rookie to figure it out as a franchise quarterback, but the bland game plans and limited weapons make it hard for him to produce big numbers in the passing game. That said, Lawrence must improve his accuracy, ball placement and timing to realize his potential as a franchise quarterback.
Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell might not emerge as a long-term No. 1 or No. 2 receiver, but the former first-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings flashes big-time talent for the Jaguars as a dependable pass catcher on the perimeter. The big-bodied playmaker flashes soft hands and impressive ball skills while winning his one-on-one matchups on the outside. With Treadwell beginning to develop some chemistry and continuity with Lawrence, the Jaguars might have found a long-term contributor in the veteran.
The offense continues to struggle for a variety of reasons. The lack of consistency, execution and playmaking has robbed the unit of any confidence. And the lack of belief repeatedly shows up with the offense falling apart in key moments. From the turnovers to the mental errors and miscues (blown assignments/penalties), the Jaguars are not getting it done. Whether it is a talent issue or a coaching problem, the offense has not played well this season and it is one of the biggest issues that must be addressed in the offseason.
The defense came up short against the Rams, but it is hard to fault the unit. The Jaguars' defense played hard for sixty minutes but the lack of offense – and special teams miscues – put them in challenging situations throughout. Sure, the defense must put the fires, but it is hard to play when always defending a short field or coming back after an offensive "three-and-out" possession.
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