JACKSONVILLE – Doug Pederson made this much clear Monday:
The Jaguars' season is far from over in the wake of the season's most one-sided loss – and the reality is they remain in first place in their division and very much involved in all things postseason.
"There's still no panic," he said.
But a day after a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at EverBank Stadium, a game Pederson on Monday called a "head-scratcher," the Jaguars' head coach's primary focus was preventing future similar performances – and preparing for a two-game stretch of critical division games.
"It's just a great opportunity for us to get back on track," Pederson said. "That's kind of the positive I left with the guys: 'You're in a good position, you're still in first place in AFC South and you have two big matchups coming up. It's still right there in front of us.'"
The Jaguars (6-3) lead the AFC South by a game over the Houston Texans (5-4) and a game and a half over the Indianapolis Colts (5-5). They play host to the fourth-place Tennessee Titans (3-6) Sunday and will play the Texans in Houston the following Sunday.
"Playing an AFC [South] opponent really matters," Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins said Monday. "In order for us to get where we need to be and place ourselves in the right placement go moving forward with playoffs, we have to beat these two teams.
"We definitely have the mindset of ,'It doesn't matter what opponent is out there on any given Sunday,' but the reality is we have two division back-to-back games."
The Jaguars, after trailing for a total seven minutes during a five-game winning streak leading into Sunday's game, trailed 10-0 after a quarter and never led Sunday. The 49ers (6-3), who entered Sunday having lost three consecutive games, led 13-3 at halftime and 27-3 entering the fourth quarter.
"We laid an egg," running back Travis Etienne Jr. said.
The loss was the most one-sided in Pederson's two seasons with the Jaguars.
"Their sense of urgency was greater than ours," Pederson said. "They played a little faster than we did. Someone asked me if they were desperate. Good teams are never desperate. They're just good and they figure it out. That's what we're trying to do right now.
"I still think we're a good football team. We're still trying to figure some things out, some pieces, but we got behind the eight ball quickly yesterday and never could recover."
The 49ers outgained the Jaguars 437-221, with the Jaguars committing four turnovers and allowing five sacks. The Jaguars' defense, after entering the game leading the NFL in takeaways, did not force a turnover Sunday. The Jaguars allowed a season-high 144 yards rushing.
"You can't dwell too much," Pederson said. "The [players] are in here [on Monday]. I want them to watch the film. I want them to make the corrections. They need to see it. I challenge them to be critical of their performance, good and bad, then take the constructive criticism that the coach might have. It's the only way we can continue to get better.
"It's disappointing that both sides of the ball, offense and defense, just did not play our best. I want them to make the corrections and then move on."
Pederson on Monday focused on preparation and eliminating avoidable mistakes –"It's just execution; it comes down to each person owning that responsibility" – when discussing an offense that has struggled at times with turnovers, red-zone and third-down situations. He also emphasized perspective with eight games remaining.
"If you panic, then you've almost waved the white flag a little bit," he said. "I want our team to understand: 'You're still sitting in first place. Everything's right here in front of you. You control it, you put yourself in a good situation.' If we can just eliminate, even minimize some of these mistakes that we're making – shooting ourselves in the foot, as we say – it puts you in a better position to get into the fourth quarter and potentially win games.
"Sometimes, too, you have to play. You don't worry about the record. You play as if your back's against the wall every day and you come out and give it your best shot."
- Cornerback Tyson Campbell left Sunday's game after he felt his hamstring "grab," Pederson said. Campbell missed the last two games before the Jaguars' Week 9 bye with an injury to the hamstring. "It's the same injury that he had," Pederson said Monday. "He's kind of day-to-day right now. He felt OK today, but he has a couple of days here before we get back on the field on Wednesday." Pederson said Campbell likely will be limited in practice this week with a decision on playing Sunday toward the end of the week. Pederson said a shoulder injury sustained by wide receiver/returner Jamal Agnew "doesn't look promising," adding: "We'll see where he is during the course of the week."