Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Breaking Down the Game; Running Game, Henne Go Nowhere

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Breaking Down the Game; Running Game, Henne Go Nowhere

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Byline: Gene Frenette

RUSHING OFFENSE

F

With injuries piling up at running back, the Jaguars are in no position to make a dent with their running game. Rashad Jennings was lost early in the game to a head injury, forcing third-teamer Montell Owens (7 carries, 29 yards) to handle what little workload that remained in a blowout. The Jaguars were held to under 100 yards rushing for the ninth time in 12 games. Here's the bad news: even if Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) returns next week, it might not necessarily mean the dramatic upgrade most would expect because there's not many running lanes.

PASSING OFFENSE

F

After two consecutive weeks of injecting life into a stagnant offense, Chad Henne (18 of 41, 208 yards, 57.8 rating) came back to earth significantly. Though the conditions weren't ideal for throwing, he was off target on several passes normally completed. Henne lost a fumble after Cameron Bradfield allowed defensive end Mario Williams to get to him too quickly. It didn't help that new acquisition Jordan Shipley dropped three balls, or that Justin Blackmon failed to hold on to a pass at Buffalo 2. Losing Cecil Shorts to head injury capped a horrible day.

RUN DEFENSE

F

It was a bad matchup from the start, having a credible two-man backfield of Fred Jackson (25 carries, 109 yards) and former Union County High star C.J. Spiller (14 carries, 77 yards) going up against the Jaguars' 29th-ranked run defense. Whether it was Spiller sidestepping Jeremy Mincey and Chris Prosinski on a 44-yard TD or Jackson pushing the pile, the Jaguars looked like a smoke-and-mirrors defense for most of the day. There were way too many missed tackles and defenders not playing sound, fundamental football.

PASS DEFENSE

D+

You don't want to use injuries as any excuse, but not having Derek Cox (hamstring) available has a serious impact on pass coverage. …

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