Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Unacceptable, Period'; Lowery on Jags, after Seventh Double-Digit Loss of Year

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Unacceptable, Period'; Lowery on Jags, after Seventh Double-Digit Loss of Year

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

MIAMI GARDENS | His ankles and wrists still wrapped with athletic tape and his eye-black still applied, Dwight Lowery sat in the Jaguars locker room Sunday afternoon, staring straight ahead as teammates around him dressed for the trip home.

Waiting for help to the trainer's room for treatment of a lower-body injury, Lowery was left to contemplate the Jaguars' 24-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium and what it means not only for the final two games, but for next month when Shad Khan plots the moves that will define the early part of his ownership.

As usual, Lowery was blunt after the Jaguars allowed 180 rushing yards, committed 10 penalties, failed to convert two fourth-and-1 situations in Miami territory and fell to a franchise-worst 2-12.

"It's unacceptable," Lowery said. "Unacceptable as an organization. Unacceptable for our fans. Just unacceptable, period."

In getting whipped by Miami, the Jaguars played like a team eager for things to be over. And it will be in 13 days.

The unacceptable part for the Jaguars, as in their road loss to Buffalo two weeks ago, was the lack of resistance provided.

Miami had a nine-minute drive. Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a season-best 123.2 rating. And Miami rolled despite scoring only two touchdowns and running a terrible fake field goal. The Jaguars lost by 10 or more points for a club-record seventh time.

"We're losing to teams that we should be much more competitive against," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "That's the most disappointing part."

Not disappointing for an upset fan base: The Jaguars remain tied with Kansas City for the NFL's worst record and a chance at the top overall pick, even if there isn't a consensus selection.

That wasn't on the minds of those players already on the roster.

There was the usual chatter about finishing strong against New England and Tennessee but also a good bit of reflection. As in, why do the same things keep going wrong?

"Every time we take a step forward, we take two steps back and that cost us today and was critical," coach Mike Mularkey said.

The latest example - this a huge one - came in the first half.

Tied 3-3, another scoring chance was produced when Jason Babin stripped Ryan Tannehill at the Dolphins 20.

On the next play, Chad Henne (18 of 34, 221 yards) lofted a perfect touchdown pass to Justin Blackmon in the left front corner of the end zone. A 10-3 lead, right?

Nope.

Well after the play was completed, Guy Whimper was penalized for not reporting as an eligible receiver.

He entered the game with 68 tight-end snaps and no such penalties.

"I ran onto the field rubbing my [jersey] and they acknowledged me as reporting," said Whimper, referring to referee Jeff Parry. "He was looking right at me. …

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