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Monday, September 23, 2013
RTC: Everyone shares blame

By Michael DiRocco

SEATTLE -- That the Jaguars are 0-3 after Sunday's loss to Seattle isn't surprising.

Not with the abundance of rookies in the starting lineup, the injuries to key players, the suspension of the best receiver, and the overall quality of the roster. Everyone knew there was going to be problems in the first year of the new regime's rebuilding project.

But the Jaguars haven't even been competitive in the losses to Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida-Times Union writes that frustration is beginning to mount, lineup changes may be on the way, and there may be a switch in blocking scheme to help jump-start an offense that has scored just five points in the first half.

Responsibility for the poor start is shared by everyone, including the coaching staff.

"All sides can take blame in this," coach Gus Bradley said.

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

O'Halloran reviews how well the Jaguars handled his  four keys to the game. The short version: Not well at all.

Maurice Jones-Drew tested his  injured ankle during pre-game warm-ups and was cleared to play against the Seahawks. He gained just 43 yards on 19 carries and was no factor in the game, although he did score his first touchdown of the season. Hays Carlyon of the T-U writes that Jones-Drew was still able to find some positives on Sunday.

Even when the Jaguars did try to get creative on offense, things backfired, O'Halloran wrote. Denard Robinson fumbled while trying to hand off the ball on a read option play. Plus, Cecil Shorts had a career day, though most of his eight catches for 143 yards came when the game was already well in hand.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: An injury to safety Dwight Lowery early in the game put three rookies on the field in the secondary and the results were predictable; the Jaguars may be moving from a zone blocking scheme to a man blocking scheme; a quick recap of what was noticed in the locker room.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper break down the loss in a podcast. Pepper says the Jaguars should look at the 2013 season as essentially an extended preseason.

CBSSports.com NFL writer Will Brinson gave three teams an F in his weekly report card. The Jaguars, however, weren't one of them.