In wins at Dallas, over Houston and over Cleveland the Jaguars have allowed a total of 219 rushing yards and an average of 3.17 yards a carry.
“If you remember back when we were talking about explosive runs and how they happen, it’s typically you lost leverage or missed a tackle, and we didn’t have any of that that allowed [Hillis] to get out,” Jack Del Rio told Jacksonville media. “He’s a good player, he’s been very productive in this league. In the first part of the season he’s run on some good defenses and gotten away a little bit and that was a challenge for our front.”
“I think we did the things you need to do to play the run defense better: shed blocks, tackle, leverage, force it and do it with attitude, and I thought we were doing pretty good. I think we’ve been doing pretty good the last few weeks and I still see room for improvement. There are some things we’ve got to do better, we talked about that [Monday]. There are some three- and four-yard runs that I don’t find acceptable. We’ve got to do better so we’ll do what we can to continue to shore it up and be stingy and grow. I think we’re growing a little bit there on that side with guys understanding where they belong and getting there more consistently.”
The Jaguars' next three games will present stiff run-game challenges.
It starts with the Giants and the league’s fifth-ranked rushing offense. Then they’ll see Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden. If they keep bottling things up, they may just stay in the AFC South title conversation a lot longer than we expect.