Plenty of Blame to Go Around for Jaguars

Coach Del Rio (Getty Images)

The Jaguars suffered the second-worst defeat in franchise history as they were throttled by the Seattle Seahawks, 41-0. Although most fans would like to have a single scapegoat to blame the defeat on, when a team loses by 41 points, everyone is to blame.

"We didn't play well," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said, accentuating the obvious. "We didn't run it well. We didn't protect it well. We didn't stop them from running well. We didn't get after their guys well. They beat us soundly today. I can't explain it away."

All of the coaches statements had 100 percent truth to them, as the team was inept in all areas. Does that mean the coach should be fired?

Well, no. It was just one game.

While we're blaming people who didn't play, Jaguars leading receiver Mike Sims-Walker was ruled inactive for violating a team rule based on their "itinerary." Many believe that Sims-Walker's absence led to the poor day by quarterback David Garrard, and the simplicity of the offense, but 41 points worth? The former UCF grad is good, but not that good.

"He didn't cost us a loss or anything, but whenever you have a dynamic player like that you want him to be on the field," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said as he absolved Sims-Walker from blame.

Sims-Walker certainly wasn't the only distraction this weekend for the Jags, as linebacker Quentin Groves was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident which forced him to miss the team plane. However inconsistent the punishment appears, Groves was active Sunday, although he wasn't a factor.

Jack Del Rio spoke about the lack of focus affecting the team's work ethic.

"It certainly tarnishes those kind of feelings and statements," the Jaguars head coach of seven years said.

Offensively, the Jaguars had a stretch from the first quarter through halftime in which they had five consecutive three-and-outs which produced a net of two yards. Keeping the defense on the field for that long made it impossible for them to continue bending, but not breaking.

"It was just a terrible day, a terrible performance by all of us," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said after his 18 for 31 passing performance that included two fumbles lost, one of which was taken back for a touchdown.

The anger that Jaguars fans voiced on sports talk radio today is understood, and the team knows that they can't afford to have any more performances like Sunday, no matter who is playing or who isn't.

"It was an embarrassment," running back Maurice Jones-Drew said. "I don't know how the other guys take it, but I was embarrassed. If they're not embarrassed, I don't think they should be playing this game, period. I think everybody here is embarrassed. We just went out there and got whupped. It comes down to who wants it more and they wanted it more than we did."

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