Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How the Game Was Lost

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How the Game Was Lost

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

NO PROTECTION

Coach Jack Del Rio likes to say the game starts in the trenches. That's exactly where it ended for the Jaguars as the offensive line allowed four sacks.

Quarterback David Garrard rarely had ample time to throw. His fumble in the fourth quarter was returned 79 yards for a touchdown by Nick Reed to turn a lopsided defeat into a 41-0 embarrassment.

The offensive line also failed to provide an adequate surge for the running game or provide Maurice Jones-Drew even the slightest sliver of daylight. Jones-Drew finished with just 34 yards on 12 carries.

PASS DEFENSELESS

The Jaguars' most glaring deficiencies on defense were a secondary that gave up four touchdown passes. Del Rio said that through the first four games, tackling in the secondary was atrocious. The trend continued against the Seahawks. Cornerback Rashean Mathis gave up too many big plays, including two touchdowns to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Nate Burleson caught the other two TDs. …

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