Jacksonville Jaguars-San Diego Chargers: Game Raises Big Questions For Jaguars

Robert MinnsContributor ISeptember 20, 2010

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Qjuarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Sunday’s game was a disaster for the Jaguars no matter what perspective you have.

Between the turnovers, soft zone coverage, and inability to sustain drives, the Jaguars gave us a dismal performance on the West Coast yet again.

To start with, let’s take a look at Jaguars advantages that were at best, underutilized. special teams was a non-factor, the defense could never force a three and out, so special teams never saw the field. And on the one play they did force a punt, Kassim Osgood blocked it!

The kick returns were nothing special with Tiquan Underwood on them. While he did decent against Denver, I think this week made it clear that he is not on the level of Deji Karim and the Jaguars sorely miss their designated kick returner.

The Jaguars pass rush lived up the hype again, getting pressure on Philip Rivers all day long. The problem was that no one in the secondary stayed tight, and huge holes were left for wide receivers, Antonio Gates, and underneath passes to running backs.

There was way too much space for receivers, and the Chargers took advantage. Wide outs and running backs who were non-factors against the Chiefs looked like pro-bowlers against the Jags. This game may have been a representation of the Jaguars biggest weakness, but it certainly overrated the ability of the Chargers offense.

The most obvious reason for the loss was the horrible play of David Garrard. Four interceptions are unacceptable any day of the week no matter what the circumstances. One might have thought that Garrard has mechanical problems with a low release point the way his pass were deflected so high on two interceptions.

And those are the forgivable ones, how about the pass he telegraphed directly to the Chargers MLB?

I am beginning to think Garrard was stolen and replaced with Rex Grossman from 2006 the way his play kept going up and down.

This game should have been closer than it was, the Chargers made plenty of mistakes, but Garrard doubled up on the mistakes making this game a blowout. For most of the first half both teams were sloppy, but the Chargers had converted their chances into two TD’s.

But once they finished the two minute drill and got that third touchdown, the game was blown wide open. Garrard, and the Jags just coughed the ball up over and over, even the Detroit Lions could have won with that many turnovers from the opposing team.

So the most important question is why did Garrard (and him specifically) fall apart this week, and will he bounce back?

This game was lost and mainly cause of Garrard. Teams don’t win when their QB throws four interceptions. And while others had some turnovers too, no one killed the game like Garrard.

I guess I should be happy; the Jaguars did actually score 13 points this year on the West Coast, so at least we got something.

But I still can’t get past the fact that our offense looked horrible, and worse than last years did on the Left coast. Offense is the side of the ball were we have the veterans, shouldn’t I be able to expect more from them?