No, that’s certainly not a news flash to Jacksonville fans who know all too well about their team’s offensive woes.
The ingredient that’s led to the Jaguars averaging a league-worse 270.6 yards of total offense per game and 11.8 point per game average (ranks 31st) is no secrete either. Inconsistent quarterback play from a rookie, abysmal production from wide receivers and an incompetent offensive line all add up to what is a horrendous offensive unit for the 1-4 Jaguars.
Now how do the Jaguars fix these problems?
First comes acceptance. This offense will not be good. There are just too many talent deficiencies that were not addressed this offseason.
That doesn’t mean this should be a last-place offense though and the Jaguars can improve on three things to field even a mediocre offense.
1.) Get the Ball to Playmakers in Creative Ways- Pounding the ball with Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t a formula for success, not with this offensive line and the Jaguars’ lack of deep threats to keep defenses honest. Jones-Drew has ripped off some big runs but hasn’t consistently moved the ball for the Jaguars, simply because the running lanes haven’t been there. Getting him off on screens could be a good way to open things up some. The same goes for Marcedes Lewis, he needs to get involved early, even on just dinks and dunks.
2.) More Screens In General- The timing between Blaine Gabbert and his wide outs is awful right now and it’s hard to envision it getting much better this season. Jacksonville had success with tunnel screens a couple weeks ago and might have to utilize it more often, given that the Jags have a quick weapon in Mike Thomas.
3.) Up the Tempo- Make Gabbert more comfortable by putting him in a position to where he can just act. Rookies can overthink things some times and that might be happening. Gabbert thrived in an up-tempo, spread offense in college even though he lacked great weapons around him. The Jaguars might want to start going to formations and schemes that fit Gabbert. Don’t treat him like a rookie because it’ll only perpetuate the fact that he isn’t experienced.
Obviously it’s a little more complicated than that and Jack Del Rio and Dirk Koetter know more about football than fans care to admit, so the solution isn’t always simple. But being a bit more bold in the play calling could actually have an easing effect for this offense and could get the unit to the point to where it’s sustaining drives and helping out a solid defense.
It can't get any worse, can it?