If the game between Jacksonville and Tennessee were written as a crime drama, the NYPD may put out an APB (all-points bulletin) for the Jaguars' missing defense.
It appears 11 players have suited up each week, but the play of Paul Posluszny and Sen’Derrick Marks may get some attention.
So after this season, three interceptions have been recorded and the team as a whole has a whopping 11 sacks.
That is not a team that young and inexperienced players can hang their helmets on. While there is veteran leadership in Posluszny, Marks, Jason Babin and Will Blackmon, there are a host of first and second-year players who are trying to make their mark here in Jacksonville.
According to a story on Jacksonville.com, the team is not alone in that department, especially the low interception total. Both Green Bay and Houston are in the same boat, according to Florida-Times Union writer, Hays Carlyon.
If the Jaguars are going to win this week, the defense must put pressure on Jake Locker, stop Chris Johnson from gauging them up the middle, and have both Jonathan Cyprien and Dwayne Gratz blanket the Titans receivers all day long.
Hopefully, man-to-man coverage instead of the zone defense this team uses could make a difference in defensive pressure and an interruption in the Tennessee passing game.
Carlyon’s story tells a story of a grim secondary that is looking to make amends in the second half of the season.
“The Jaguars secondary hasn’t intercepted a pass in the last four games. Opposing quarterbacks have attempted 150 passes since a Jaguars defensive back picked off a pass. The defense has one interception in that four-game span on Posluszny’s pick six in a loss at Denver on Oct. 13.”
Add to the fact the team has only forced eight turnovers all season and that is a recipe for disaster.
In other Jaguars news:
No movement with Blackmon
According to Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser, there is no immediate plan for the team to part ways with Justin Blackmon.
In Oehser’s story it is pointed out that “While speculation abounded about whether he will be released in the wake of his indefinite suspension, General Manager David Caldwell said immediately upon the suspension that the team has no plans to part ways with Blackmon, and Head Coach Gus Bradley said nothing to the contrary. There are several reasons for this. One is Caldwell and Bradley each has genuine affection for Blackmon, and Bradley is genuine when he said he believes Blackmon is in a better place to deal with his issues than he was perhaps last June.”
Henne still in place as starter
The Jaguars enter the game on Sunday with Chad Henne the starter behind center. No change was made behind center – despite the fact that Blaine Gabbert is healthy and can go if needed.
In Oehser’s notes he states, “Chad Henne remains the starter over a healthy Blaine Gabbert, and the not-so-subtle change in the quarterback position that took place mid-week in London remains in place. It’s difficult in the NFL to say “never,” so it’s too early to say Gabbert – the No. 10 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft – never will start for the Jaguars again, but barring a remarkable reversal, there appears little chance he could enter a season as the Jaguars’ starter again.”