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Jaguars' pass rush picks up where it left off

9/8/2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New season, same trouble for the Jacksonville Jaguars' pass rush.

The Jaguars were unable to get much pressure on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who had and efficient day in completing 21 of 34 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars sacked him once, but hit him just four times.

Four times in 34 dropbacks, and that includes once by safety John Cyprien on a blitz.

The Chiefs do run the West Coast offense, which stresses shorter, quicker passes, which is why the Jaguars were unable to get much pressure, defensive end Jeremy Mincey said.

"It was a dink and dunk game," Mincey said. "It wasn’t long, stretchy plays down the field. He wasn’t sitting back there all day. He made some plays where he eluded and got out of the pocket, but we had to get him to make him elude, so pretty solid but it could always be better."

However, the Chiefs did have four pass plays of 15 or more yards -- including two deep middle passes that gained 21 and 16 yards, respectively. And Smith tried to hit tight end Anthony Fasano on a deep pass on their first offensive snap. So the Jaguars did have plenty of opportunities to get to him.

But like last season, when they were last in the league with 20 sacks, they were unable to except for defensive end Jason Babin's sack for minus-2 yards on the second play of the fourth quarter.

"Definitely not a good way to start, but we just got to focus on getting better," Mincey said.