The Jacksonville Jaguars have been mired in controversy lately. Jaguars owner Shad Khan fired former head coach Urban Meyer earlier in the week. Jacksonville was hoping that the shake up would help improve play on the field. Following Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, 30-16, interim head coach Darrell Bevell spoke to the media. Bevell addressed what continues to hold this team back from success.
Jaguars interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell says he stressed in the locker room postgame the team has to play clean football
“We’re killing ourselves. These games are razor thin, dropped passes penalties… we have to learn how to win.”
— Ashlyn Sullivan (@ashlynrsullivan) December 19, 2021
Bevell spoke about the team shooting itself in the foot. Between the penalties, missed assignments, dropped passes, the Jaguars cannot seem to put it together.
Sunday, the Jaguars only committed four penalties for 40 yards, but the timing of them hurt. They dropped a bunch of passes and also allowed a kickoff return touchdown.
The Jaguars got momentum on their side late in the first quarter after a nice drive that ended with a field goal. Texans' Tremon Smith then ran back the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. It's hard to overcome those things.
Despite only committing the four penalties Sunday, the Jaguars have been among the worst in the league in that category.
Bevell went on to say that the team “needed to learn how to win.” Jacksonville has been a losing franchise for a long time. It's difficult to turn change an organization's culture. Bevell faces a tough challenge with this group. With the loss to Houston, along with the Lions surprising win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Jaguars are now tied with Detroit for the worst record in the NFL.
The first overall pick in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft certainly wouldn't hurt.