Colts-Jaguars: Looks Like the Same Old Situation in Jacksonville

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IISeptember 14, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 13: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts  at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Some may argue that the Jacksonville Jaguars played hard and fought even harder during Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. I beg to differ; it was difficult and painful to watch.

Is it Dirk Koetter's plan to burn up Maurice Jones-Drew while ignoring other offensive weapons at his disposal? Five of Garrard's 14 completions were to MJD, while Torry Holt only had three. Marcedes Lewis caught three as well, but how he is still on the roster is puzzling to me.

Back to MJD; he also had 21 carries for 97 yards with an average of 4.6 yards per carry. Very respectable numbers indeed, but if this is all the Jaguars can offer on offense, we are in for a very long season.

Out of the 228 total yards of offense the Jaguars were able to muster, MJD was responsible for 123 of those yards or 54 percent of the total offense. That is scary to say the least.

I know, it is only the first game and it was on the road. However, if this is the best the Jaguars can offer offensively, we are looking at a very long season. Here is how I would grade the offensive position play:


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I give Garrard a C, but I feel compelled to up it to a B. He was under pressure often and I am willing to concede that the offensive line is still in learning mode and Freeney has a way of making veterans look bad.


MJD gets an A+ without hesitation. He proved easily that he is the real deal. But again, if he is the only weapon at the Jaguars' disposal, we are in serious trouble.


A disappointing D was earned. I expected more out of Torry Holt and Troy Williamson had only one catch. Who is Nate Hughes? Where did he come from?


A huge disappointment. The grade here is an F, and Marcedes Lewis is a huge bust for what we paid to get him. He's another first round bust and Del Rio needs to cut the loss now.


A C+ was earned. I expected more, but again, with two rookies in the mix, patience is necessary.


Dirk Koetter failed miserably. The play calling was way too predictable and way too vanilla.

USA Today predicted that all the Jaguars' home games would be black outs. I'm here to tell you based on what we saw on television Sunday, they will all be blacked out. Sad but true is all I have to say.

The Arizona Cardinals are coming to town next week, and if we play the same bland offense in that game, the Cardinals are going to embarrass the Jaguars. I truly hope the Jaguars don't start the season 0-2, but it looks like they will.

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