Aside from one game, the defense did pretty good!
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense was very, very bad throughout the year â€” especially in the fourth quarter over the final four games of the 2018 NFL season â€” but the defense… well, it wasnâ€™t bad!
We already graded the offense, now letâ€™s grade the defense!
Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)
Even with the offense being abysmal seemed to still play well enough to keep the Jaguars in games for a point, even winning nearly two of them. They showed enough that you should be confident in a top-five defense in 2019, even with the expected cuts.
Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)
Aside from the meltdown in Nashville, the defense is a big reason any of the remaining four games was close â€” and the reason they pulled out a win against the Miami Dolphins. They played well enough to win three of four games with even an average offense and thatâ€™s… pretty good in my book. Not enough for an A (of course) but it was a strong showing with the offense playing like the worst unit in the league.
Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)
The quarter started out pretty bad, with the defense being treated like little kids in a father-son backyard football game at Tennessee. However, they mostly bounced back well and played winning football for the final three games of the season. Unfortunately, as has been the case all season, the offense could barely amass first downs let alone points to help the cause. Calais Campbell, Yannick Nagkoue, and Myles Jack all had strong finishes the final four weeks, in my opinion.
Ryan Oâ€™Bleness (@ryanobleness)
Outside of the Tennessee game â€” where the Jaguars literally couldnâ€™t tackle a soul — the defense actually played pretty well in the final stretch. The Jags gave up 18.25 points per game during that stretch, which is already good, but if you throw out the Titans game as an outlier, the Jaguars only gave up 13.3 points per game in the final three contests. The Houston game wasnâ€™t the greatest, but the Jaguars still held the Texans below their season scoring and total yardage average. The Jags also held the Dolphins and Redskins to one touchdown each. But the Titans game alone knocks them down a few pegs, so B- for me. Looking at the full season view, the unit kind of disappointed. While statistically strong in terms of yardage and points allowed in 2018, the defense just didnâ€™t get sacks, cause turnovers or make big plays this season, and it wasnâ€™t able to carry the team like it was able to last year.
Brian Fullford (@iambwf)
The defense is talented. The defense has athletes. The sum is greater than its parts. Well, save Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue. There is a serious maturity problem on this side of the ball. Telvin Smith has exhibited a â€œme firstâ€� attitude and, frankly, Iâ€™m done with him. Myles Jack still plays undisciplined and isnâ€™t suited for the middle linebacker position. The defensive backs seemed to be playing out of synch. That being said, the front four is solid, and in spite of the issues with the back seven, if the offense was worth a damn this team would have gone 4-0 to end the season.
Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)
Defense showed up again, including winning them a meaningless week 16 game against the Dolphins that hindered their draft position. The secondary improved with Ronnie Harrison taking over for Barry Church at strong safety, and Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue played some of their best football of the year in the final quarter. Even Taven Bryan showed some evidence of starting to convert his first step quickness to power and penetrate from the three-technique position. If it wasnâ€™t for allowing Derrick Henry to have their way with them in Tennessee, this unit could be on the cusp of a B+/A- grade in the fourth quarter. We could see a bit of a fire sale on the defensive side this offseason as the team looks to purge cap space, but the defense is in good shape.
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