Calais Campbell claims this season doesn’t feel like last year at all for Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars suffered several crucial losses in the 2019 NFL season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Fortunately, defensive end Calais Campbell is not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Things have gotten off to an ominous start after just one game. According to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, Campbell does not see any likeness between this year and the 2018 campaign.
“It’s a way different scenario,” Campbell said. “It doesn’t feel like last year at all. It’s a whole new year. It’s just the first game and we didn’t play good. We made way too many mistakes and we didn’t tackle well. It’s something that we can fix and we’re going to fix. I’m confident in my guys. We’re going to put the work in. We’re going to prepare and we’re going to get better. It’s one game and it sucks. You don’t want to lose them, but the best thing about the NFL is we’ve got another opportunity this week.”
Although it is encouraging to see Campbell not getting too caught up in their current issues, there is still some concern regarding the state of the team. Left tackle Cam Robinson was unable to play in the opener after suffering a hyperextended right knee. Meanwhile, quarterback Nick Foles’ debut lasted only 10 snaps before he was knocked out of the game with a broken collarbone.
Things were not much better on the defensive side of the ball. Their lack of discipline was on full display after drawing eight penalties before linebacker Myles Jack capped things off by getting ejected for throwing a punch at wide receiver Demarcus Robinson.
While Campbell is doing what he can to remain optimistic, the onus will be on him and the other leaders of this team to ensure they do not repeat the same mistakes as last year.