JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars keep things pretty simple on defense.
They don't blitz often. They don't stunt a lot. They don't even really try to disguise coverages.
It works well when the unit is fully intact. But with several key injuries and depth issues all around, the defense's simplicity has led to susceptibility.
The Jaguars were burned in the final seconds of the opener at Minnesota, giving up a gut-wrenching drive that tied the game in regulation and led to a 26-23 loss in overtime. The defense was even worse last week against Houston, surrendering 17 points in the first five possessions and allowing 216 yards rushing.
Missed tackles and lack of pass rush have been the biggest culprits.
Players and coaches insist both will improve, beginning Sunday at Indianapolis.