Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wrap-up: Dolphins 24, Jaguars 3
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens:
What it means: The Jaguars fell to 2-12 and still carry the same two big questions -- will they secure the No. 1 spot in the draft and will general manager Gene Smith be around to make the pick?
What I didn’t like: Aside from the score, the biggest difference between the two teams was in the run game. The Dolphins ran 36 times for 180 yards including a 53-yard dash by Reggie Bush and a 30-yard scamper by Ryan Tannehill. The Jaguars ran it 21 times for 86 yards and couldn’t get a yard for Montell Owens on a big fourth-and -1 early in the fourth quarter. Miami also had 26 first downs to Jacksonville’s 13. (Five of Miami’s came via penalty.) Such discrepancies contributed to a bad time of possession differential. Miami let the Jaguars hold the ball for just 24:22.
Big gaffe: The worst, most symbolic moment of the game came after Jacksonville sacked Tannehill, forcing and recovering a fumble. Chad Henne threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Justin Blackmon that should have put the Jaguars ahead 10-3. But tackle Guy Whimper, who’d come in the game and lined up as an eligible player running a route, failed to report and was flagged for an illegal substitution. Later, the drive ended without even a field goal as Henne failed to convert a fourth-and-1 run.
Zeros: The Jaguars were 0-3 on fourth down, 0-4 in the red zone and 0-1 with goal-to-go.
What’s next: After a month of work against bad teams, the Jaguars will get to see something totally different as the New England Patriots visit EverBank Field.