JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It has been 392 days because the Jacksonville Jaguars final received a sport.
That is a stretch of 20 consecutive losses, the second-longest shedding streak in NFL historical past — and the league’s report for futility is nicely close by, too. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers maintain that report after shedding the franchise’s first 26 video games in 1976 and ’77.
“You’ll be able to’t wrap your head round that,” working again James Robinson stated after the Jaguars misplaced to the Tennessee Titans 37-19 at TIAA Financial institution Discipline on Sunday. “We have to discover a technique to win.
“We’re a very good workforce. Clearly, our report does not present it, however we have got a whole lot of nice guys within the locker room and we have simply obtained to seek out one thing that is going to work for us.”
The Jaguars have not received a sport because the 2020 season opener, after they beat Indianapolis 27-20 at TIAA Financial institution Discipline. 13 of their 20 losses have been by double digits, together with the previous 5 video games at residence.
Sunday’s loss to the Titans was fairly typical of the streak:
The protection didn’t give you sufficient performs in key conditions. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin dropped what would have been a pick-six, for instance, and there have been a number of blown coverages that gave Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill straightforward completions.
Expensive errors, like tight finish Dan Arnold‘s fumble that was returned for a TD only a minute into the sport.
Questionable playcalling, resembling not having Robinson on the sector when the Jaguars confronted first-and-goal from the Titans’ 5-yard line. Robinson, who had a career-high 149 yards speeding, did not contact the ball on any of the 4 snaps, and Carlos Hyde was stuffed for a 3-yard loss on fourth down.
Particular groups issues. Kicker Matthew Wright performed as an alternative of Josh Lambo, who’s struggling along with his confidence. Wright got here up brief on a 53-yard discipline objective try and banged a PAT off the precise upright.
So gamers trudged off the sector and once more confronted questions on their failure to do one thing that even the New York Jets have achieved thrice and the Detroit Lions have achieved 5 occasions because the Jaguars final received a sport.
“It is powerful,” Griffin stated. “It is a feeling that I do not assume nobody desires. There’s a whole lot of issues that we actually, actually need to determine. Offense performed rather well. I really feel just like the protection might have achieved much more. I really feel just like the errors that we had simply should not occur, and that is what we have got to do higher. We’ve to repair [this] ASAP. Up to now, man, it is a powerful feeling. It is one thing that you do not need. It is one thing that you have to change. We have to do it. One factor about it, you have to proceed to consider, you have to proceed to have religion, and that is the toughest half.
“That is the toughest half for everyone, persevering with to get everyone to consider. It isn’t simply me. It may’t be only one individual believing in one thing. That is the half [where we have to] proceed to precise, proceed to speak about, get everyone to consider that we will win these video games.”
The Jaguars (0-5) are a professional menace to achieve the Bucs’ report. They play the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday earlier than their bye week, then journey to Seattle — the place they’ve by no means received (0-3). Then comes a house sport in opposition to Buffalo, a street journey to Indianapolis and back-to-back residence video games in opposition to San Francisco and Atlanta.
Lose all of these video games and so they’re at 26 in a row. Their subsequent sport? On the Los Angeles Rams.
“We do not actually speak about that [losing streak],” quarterback Trevor Lawrence stated. “I do not assume that is good to speak about that. You’ll be able to’t get determined. You have to simply preserve going to work. We’ll win some video games. We’ll flip it round, and all of us thought immediately was the day we have been going to get that first win and it wasn’t.
“We did not execute sufficient down the stretch, however we will determine it out. We’ll flip this factor round. It should be a whole lot of enjoyable once we do. We need to win. All the fellows. We have so many exhausting employees and everybody’s so invested. It isn’t a workforce the place you have obtained guys that are not actually dedicated or do not care. Everybody’s all-in, so it will come.”