Cecil Shorts Rips Jaguars Offense After Loss to Cardinals

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: #84 Cecil Shorts III of the Jacksonville Jaguars gives the thumbs up during the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Cecil Shorts has had enough with the Jacksonville Jaguars offense, and he's not afraid to say it. 

The third-year wideout had two receptions from five targets for 22 yards in the Jaguars' 27-14 Week 11 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. After the game, Shorts had a meltdown, per the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

With Jacksonville running its record to a paltry 1-9, you have to think that Shorts isn't the only one fed up with the team's performance, and it was only a matter of time before those frustrations boiled over after a loss.    

In defense of Chad Henne, Patrick Peterson is one of the best corners in the league. With him shadowing Shorts for most of the game, the chances probably weren't often there from Henne's perspective.

Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; On fourth down, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (84) leaps to catch a pass as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) defends in the fourth quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The pa
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But Shorts' complaints have likely been a long time coming.   

On Monday, head coach Gus Bradley was asked about Shorts' outburst and discussed what action he took after the comments (via John Oesher of Jaguars.com):

He is the leading receiver for the Jaguars this season, with 48 receptions for 607 yards and one touchdown.

Considering the carousel that is Jacksonville's quarterback position, those numbers are actually quite impressive.

Henne has gotten the majority of the snaps but has a QB rating of 72.8, throwing three touchdowns to seven interceptions in eight games. Blaine Gabbert has been even worse. In three games, he's had a QB rating of just 36.0 and has one touchdown to seven interceptions.

Not surprisingly, Football Outsiders had the Jaguars ranked dead last in passing efficiency coming into the week.

As a promising receiver, Shorts likely feels his best years are being wasted in Jacksonville. That, in turn, could cost him money down the line, as teams could shy away from giving him a big contract in free agency.

It will be interesting to see how this storyline evolves as the season goes on. The Jags are once again in disarray. With so many issues on the field, any off-the-field distractions certainly won't help.