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Old 02-25-2018, 07:25 PM
 
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I see why Jags resigned Bortles but I still think they need more at the QB position. Opposing defenses gonna put like they did in the wildcard playoff game against Bills....8-9 man fronts to slow running game. If Bortles don't keep improving....a lot of pressure gonna be put on running game and defense.

But Bortles did play well enough to win against Steelers and Pats and I can understand why Jags don't wanna overpay for a FA like Cousins.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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Opposing defenses gonna put like they did in the wildcard playoff game against Bills....8-9 man fronts to slow running game. If Bortles don't keep improving....a lot of pressure gonna be put on running game and defense.
I think the offensive problems in the wild card game were more by design. Jags knew they were playing a bad offense and figured their defense could do the job, which they did. No need for Bortles and company to risk a turnover when 10-14 points would win you the game.

We saw a different Bortles and offense when the Jags played the Steelers and Patriots because the Jags coaches knew they would have to score a lot to be in those games.
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:29 PM
 
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I think the offensive problems in the wild card game were more by design. Jags knew they were playing a bad offense and figured their defense could do the job, which they did. No need for Bortles and company to risk a turnover when 10-14 points would win you the game.

We saw a different Bortles and offense when the Jags played the Steelers and Patriots because the Jags coaches knew they would have to score a lot to be in those games.
True....but I still think Jags gonna need more from QB to get to SB and actually win it. There gonna be games where Bortles gonna have to win with arm and air it out.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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True....but I still think Jags gonna need more from QB to get to SB and actually win it. There gonna be games where Bortles gonna have to win with arm and air it out.
If they hadn't deviated from the Steeler game plan they could well have been in the Super Bowl. The Pats defense gave up an average of 250 yds per game rushing and going conservative with Bortles in terms of running the ball was counterintuitive in my opinion and feel they caved to a mystique versus getting outplayed.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:25 AM
 
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I see why Jags resigned Bortles but I still think they need more at the QB position. Opposing defenses gonna put like they did in the wildcard playoff game against Bills....8-9 man fronts to slow running game. If Bortles don't keep improving....a lot of pressure gonna be put on running game and defense.

But Bortles did play well enough to win against Steelers and Pats and I can understand why Jags don't wanna overpay for a FA like Cousins.


It's a mistake on Jacksonville's part. For his career, Bortles has a 59.1% completion rate and has averaged 6.7 yards per attempt. Both of those numbers are bad. In 2017, he had a 60.2% completion rate and averaged 7.0 yards per attempt. Both numbers are still a little subpar, even in a season where they went deep into the playoffs. Essentially, the Jags have seen the best that Bortles can give them and it just isn't enough. He's subpar most of the time.


People will probably ridicule me for saying it but if money were the issue, then the Jags could have likely gotten McCarron or Bridgewater with that same $54 million over 3 years deal that they gave Bortles. Both are question marks but both have some theoretical ceiling remaining. Bortles has none, as we know what he is.


In admittedly a very limited time span, McCarron started several games for the Bengals in 2015 and played in 7 games total. In those games he had a 66.4% completion rate and averaged 7.2 yards per attempt.


For his career (which, admittedly has been limited due to a very serious knee injury), Bridgewater has a 64.7% completion rate and has averaged 7.2 yards per attempt.


While I recognize that I am not shooting him with McCarron and Bridgewater, I do think there is at least some ceiling left with them, as they don't have a long track record but I think those ceilings could be higher than Bortles' ceiling (a completion percentage of around 60 percent and a yards-per-attempt of around 6.7 to 7.0). They could both easily be busts but there is at least some hope\element of the unknown. We already know Bortles isn't good at all.


I personally would have gone with one of those guys and given Bortles his walking papers. I know that they probably found that tough to do, as they made it to the AFC Championship game but the truth is that it isn't often that you see a team with a mediocre-to-below-average QB nearly make it to the Super Bowl. I think there was a good bit of luck in it and that this time next year the Jags will realize that keeping Bortles around was a mistake.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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https://www.news4jax.com/sports/jagu...ing-to-reports
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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The Jags picked up Pro Bowl TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and resigned WR Marqise Lee along with a couple of other receivers, plus a free agent Guard. It would seem a top round QB is on the horizon.

https://blackandteal.com/2018/03/16/...018-nfl-draft/
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:11 PM
 
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Well--if anyone doubts about the Jaguars after their great season last year, uh I think they are here to stay. Stats for today's game against New England--


Halftime score--Jags 21, Pats 3
Total yards-- 481 Jags, 302 Pats
Blake Bortles--29 for 45 for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns


But IMO the key stat in this game for Jacksonville is 3rd down completion rate---10 for 14.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: The 719
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That was a hell of a catch. Would sure like to trade Demaryus Thomas for him.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:20 PM
 
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Bortles bested Belichick & Brady in what may have been the best game of his career. Too bad they couldn't hold on during the AFC Championship but this has to make Jacksonville feel great. They also won without Fournette.
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