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What We Learned: Titans 31, Jaguars 10


JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines what we learned from the Jaguars' 31-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Sunday

1.The quarterback carousel is continuing … The Jaguars changed quarterbacks again Sunday, with Gardner Minshew II replacing an ineffective Mike Glennon in the third quarter. That's the fourth quarterback change for the Jaguars this season.

  1. … but we don't yet know what that means for the short-term … Head Coach Doug Marrone after the game declined to say who will start at quarterback at Baltimore next Sunday, saying he didn't want to communicate his choice through the media.

3. … but the decision likely won't take long. Marrone did say after the game Sunday that he had an idea about his decision. Don't look for this announcement to take long.

4.The losing streak remains long – really long. The Jaguars now have lost 12 consecutive games, extending the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history. A loss next week at Baltimore would tie the franchise record for longest losing streak – set over two seasons, 2012 and 2013.

5.The answer still doesn't appear to be on the roster. Glennon went 0-3 as a starter and so did rookie Jake Luton, who started the three games before Glennon. The offense showed a quick surge with a touchdown on Minshew's first two drives but failed to score after that. Through 13 games, no quarterback has remotely separated himself from the others on this roster.

6.Cole continues to be a solid option at receiver. Fourth-year wide receiver Keelan Cole caught a team-high seven passes for 67 yards Sunday, including a five-yard third-quarter touchdown pass from Minshew for the Jaguars' lone touchdown of the game. Cole is having the best of his four NFL seasons this season, and continues as a reliable veteran presence on a mostly young receivers corps.

7.Henry remains the Jaguars' nemesis. Titans running back Derrick Henry rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries Sunday. It's his third game with at least 159 yards rushing against the Jaguars in three seasons and his second 200-plus-yard rushing game against the Jaguars in the same span. If the Jaguars expect to contend in the AFC South, they must figure a way to slow Henry consistently.

8.Robinson remains good … Jaguars rookie free agent James Robinson didn't have his best game Sunday. The Titans lined up defensively early to take him out of the game – a sign that they didn't fear the Jaguars' passing game. Still, Robinson broke a season-long 47-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 67 yards rushing on 12 carries and four receptions for 16 yards. So, not his best game – but still productive.

9. … and now he's historically good. Robinson's long fourth-quarter run moved him over 1,000 yards rushing this season. Not only did he become the fourth rookie free agent in NFL history to run for more than 1,000 yards, he reached the number faster than any undrafted rookie in NFL history.

10.There's little sign Robinson won't stay that way. Robinson remains remarkably consistent, repeatedly producing even against defenses that know he's the focus of the offense. He's a smart, complete young runner who has earned the respect of his teammates to a remarkable level for a rookie. "Here's a guy that represents so much of what's good about competition, about playing, about humility, about keeping things in perspective," Head Coach Doug Marrone said. "He's been a great example."

11.The red zone still matters. The Jaguars have improved significantly in the red zone from last season. But the two drives after Minshew's touchdown pass to Cole ended with incomplete passes on fourth down in the Titans' red zone. This team can't miss on back-to-back red-zone opportunities and expect to compete.

12.Smoot continues to be a factor. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot leads the Jaguars with 4.5 sacks this season. He forced the team's only takeaway Sunday with a hustle play that forced a fumble by Titans wide receiver Corey Davis.

13.Stoutness on the defensive interior remains an issue. The Jaguars have been improved at times this season against the run, but a defensive front that began the season as a concern has been further depleted by injuries. The run defense broke down in the second half against Cleveland two weeks ago and against Minnesota in overtime last week. It didn't take that long against Henry and the Titans Sunday, which was why Tennessee took control in the second quarter.

14.Chaisson is improving. Rookie defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson had four quarterback pressures a week ago. He had three on Sunday. He's showing up lately after not showing up a lot early in the season. That's a good sign.

15.Sometimes, effort isn't enough. The Titans believed they could continue running at the Jaguars and that that would wear the Jaguars down. They also didn't believe the Jaguars were potent enough offensively to make them regret the approach. The Jaguars didn't lack effort. They just weren't stout enough defensively or potent enough offensively to make the effort enough.

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