JACKSONVILLE – Improvement is critical.
"We must play better," Press Taylor said. "We know that."
But that doesn't mean the Jaguars' offensive coordinator is worried.
"No concerns," he said.
Taylor, speaking Wednesday as the AFC South-leading and No. 4-seeded Jaguars (9-8) prepared to play the No. 5-seeded Los Angeles Chargers (10-7) in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at TIAA Bank Field Saturday, was addressing the Jaguars' offense.
It's a group Head Coach Doug Pederson said this week must improve from last week, and Taylor doesn't doubt it will do just that.
"I don't know that it's a trend or anything like that," Taylor said of the Jaguars' one touchdown and 222 yards offense in a 20-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans this past Saturday. "We've had different situations. We played very good defense last week. We understand that.
"They (the Titans) are the No. 1 run defense in the league. They did a good job. They made things hard. They kind of made us one-dimensional, but there were still opportunities we left out there on the field – things we could control and we didn't execute.
"There were things we could clean up. That's definitely something we have to do."
Jaguars running back Travis Etienne rushed for 17 yards on seven carries against the Titans. Etienne rushed for 1,125 yards and five touchdowns on 220 carries this season, with the Chargers finishing the season 28th in the NFL against the run.
"Certainly going into the game, we think it's important to have the run game to balance out the passing game," Taylor said. "Now, how the game plays itself out is what we'll try to do to win the game as it goes. But when you need to run the ball, you want to know you can run the ball.
"We're confident we can do that if that situation arises."
- Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell on Wednesday praised outside linebacker Josh Allen, a fourth-year veteran who was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a victory over the Tennessee Titans last Saturday. Allen returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown with 2:51 remaining for the game-winning points Saturday - -and also registered six tackles with a tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. His forced fumble would have been a sack, but Titans quarterback Joshua Dobbs recovered the fumble and was sacked again on the play – negating Allen's sack. "He has made his mind up that this is the time of the season for him to turn it on and he has turned it on," Caldwell said of Allen. "He has picked his game up and he's doing a good job for us."
- Kicker Riley Patterson practiced full participation Wednesday after missing practice Tuesday with a knee issue. Special teams coordinator Heath Farwell said Patterson experienced "general" soreness following the victory over the Titans. "Not a concern at all," Farwell said of Patterson's status for the Chargers game. "It was more of a group decision to give him a rest." Patterson in his first season with the Jaguars has converted 30 of 35 field goals and 36 of 37 extra points.
- Quarterback Trevor Lawrence practiced limited for a second consecutive day with a toe injury; he has played through the issue each of the last five games. Long snapper Ross Matiscik missed practice for a second consecutive day with a back injury; he has played through the issue each of the last two games. Right guard Brandon Scherff practiced limited a second consecutive day with an abdomen injury and wide receiver Jamal Agnew practiced limited a second consecutive day with a shoulder issue, with Scherff having played through the issue in recent weeks and Agnew being added to the injury report this week. Wide receiver Kendrick Pryor was added to the injury report Wednesday with a shoulder issue.
- Caldwell on potential homefield advantage from the crowd Saturday: "It's a big lift, because any time you play in an atmosphere like Saturday night … it was amazing. The fans did a great job of getting there early and being loud. The energy in the building was tremendous. As a defensive player or defensive coach, you always want to feed off the crowd. They fed us all night. Hopefully, our fans play a big part in making it hard for them to function as an offense."