- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Thoughts on the Jaguars' 41-3 loss to Chicago at EverBank Field:
What it means: The Jaguars actually looked good for a half as they were part of a defensive, 3-3 struggle. It didn’t take long after that, however, for the opportunistic Bears to bury the Jaguars and make them look ever bit a 1-4 team with talent that simply doesn’t match up to quality teams around the league.
What went wrong: With the Bears up 5-3, Blaine Gabbert threw a terrible pass that never had a chance to get to Justin Blackmon. Charles Tillman easily picked it and took it back for a 36-yard touchdown broke the game open and the Jaguars never recovered while Chicago poured it on. Gabbert threw a ball that was tipped and returned by linebacker Lance Briggs for another 36-yard score and lost a fumble. The second-year quarterback wound up with a 37.7 passer rating. The defense allowed the Bears to convert 61 percent on third and fourth downs.
No enough time for enough chances: It doesn’t matter how good Maurice Jones-Drew is if you’re only going to be able to get him 12 touches in the run game on a Sunday afternoon. He carried a dozen times for 56 yards. The Bears average a full three yards more per carry than the Jaguars did and Chicago held the ball for 36 minutes.
Have to have more early: The Jaguars didn’t score in the first quarter and have have a grand total of six first-quarter points though five games this year. That’s a terrible mark for a team that needs to play from ahead to have a chance to utilize its best player in the best fashion.
One good thing: Receiver Cecil Shorts made the most athletic, playmaker-like catch by the Jaguars I can remember in some time by Jacksonville, a great one-handed stretch and fall.
What’s next: The Jaguars have arrived at their week off. I don’t know what drastic changes are available to them, but it’s sure hard to sell patience and staying the course considering where that’s gotten them.