Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point-Counterpoint; Jags Have Problems - Which Is the Worst?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point-Counterpoint; Jags Have Problems - Which Is the Worst?

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran and Jessica Blaylock

Each week, Times-Union Jaguars writer Ryan O'Halloran and 1010XL Jaguars reporter Jessica Blaylock will debate five topics.

1. Let's not even talk about the Oakland game and take the Gus approach of looking forward. Through two games, among all of the Jaguars' problems, what's the biggest?

Jessica Blaylock: The offensive line. The pass protection has been horrific, allowing 11 sacks in two games (tied for most in the NFL) and the run blocking has possibly been worse. The expectation heading into this season was that the O-line would be one unit that was drastically improved. They've been even worse than last season, which I thought was impossible.

Ryan O'Halloran: Blaylock coming out with a couple haymakers at the offensive line ... but she's on-point and the line has no excuses - they've been intact for all but a week of the preseason when Will Rackley sat out with an ankle injury. Choosing a different group, the defensive line has been disappointing. They can't stop opponents from generating big rushing plays and that's what they were signed to do.

2. The rush defense has picked up where it left off last year - near the bottom of the NFL. How does it improve?

Jessica: Moving safety Johnathan Cyprien closer to the line of scrimmage could help. He has really started to show that he can make plays for this defense and I also think it would lead to a more aggressive style of play overall.

Ryan: Cyprien could be the answer, but I'll throw another name out there - defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick. We didn't see much of him in the preseason because of a groin injury, but he's played 18 snaps in each of the first two games and if he replaces Roy Miller more often, that could make a difference.

3. Denard Robinson has three carries (for a total of 1 yard) in two games. Should he be a bigger part of the offense?

Jessica: No, he shouldn't, the reason being that I don't see how Denard Robinson can be effective until you can get better blocking from your offensive line. If Maurice Jones-Drew can barely earn yards, how can you expect a rookie to do it? …

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