RTC: Answers are in the locker room

September, 17, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Jaguars are obviously frustrated after losing their first two games by a combined score of 47-11 and essentially being out of each game by the time the fourth quarter began.

But the solution to their frustrations won't be found by signing free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow, who was the subject of a less-than-impressive rally outside EverBank Field Monday afternoon. Rather, the answers are in the locker room, writes Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Those answers begin with: stop hurting themselves with penalties, improving coverage on special teams and finding some way to get some consistency in the offense.

“It’s not OK where we’re at right now,” coach Gus Bradley said. “We have to get better and we have a high standard. … The big thing for us is accountability. What are willing to accept and what is our team willing to accept? We’re just trying to figure out, ‘Why is this happening and why is this taking place?’ It comes back to making sure we don’t hurt ourselves.”

Here is some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the web:

Here's my take on Tebow and the Jaguars.

In a move that was anticipated last week, Bradley announced Monday that quarterback Blaine Gabbert will not play against Seattle on Sunday. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a sprained tendon in his ankle against Oakland but Bradley is optimistic that he'll play against the Seahawks.

A roundup of other items from this blog: the Jaguars claimed cornerback Jamell Fleming off waivers from Arizona and made four other roster moves; running back Jordan Todman is ready for any role; the weekly Upon Further Review examines four hot issues from the loss against the Raiders.

The Jaguars opened as 19.5-point underdogs against Seattle. That's a pretty high number, but Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com writes that it's not among the top-five largest lines in the NFL since 1972.

Cole Pepper has an interesting take on the Jaguars' biggest issue: other than Jones-Drew and Josh Scobee -- and possibly Paul Posluszny -- the fans don't feel any connection with the players. One way to solve that is have a player do something big in a game that's important, like in the matchup against San Francisco in London.

O'Halloran breaks down five plays that mattered against the Raiders.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon sat down for a Q&A with safety Dwight Lowery. They touched on the team's attitude after the Raiders loss, the play of safety Johnathan Cyprien and the challenge the defense will face against Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

 

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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