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The Jacksonville Jaguars defense came into the 2018 season with a significant degree of hype. The word “elite” was used to define the unit by fans Keelan Cole Color Rush Jersey , media, and the team. Setting such a high bar requires execution at a high level, and unfortunately the season has given us games in which the Jaguars defense looked anything but elite.Still, a 4-8 record is not indicative of how the defense has performed. The “offense is terrible” horse has been beaten to death, and while injuries are a justifiable reason for that unit under performing, a strong argument can be made that the Jaguars record could easily be flipped if the team had better execution at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.Oh yeah, throw in cooler heads off the bench too.In last night’s “O-Zone Late Night” column, John Oehser fielded a question that encapsulates the unreasonable demands that were put on the Jaguars defense. This idea that somehow this season’s failed expectations are because the defense is not playing perfect every weekend.QUESTIONThe defense was spectacular, but would it be fair to say if the defense played at anywhere close to this level a bit more often the team would not be basically playing for pride? Why would it take essentially being out of it to find your best performance?ANSWERNo, your question’s not fair because it implies somehow the Jaguars’ season is lost because the defense didn’t play all season as it did Sunday. The Jaguars’ defense played phenomenally well Sunday. They shut out a team that was scoring 33.1 points a game in its last eight games. They shut out a quarterback who had thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight consecutive games. They got some breaks to do it because the Colts could have – and probably should have – kicked at least a couple of field goals in the first half, but the point is they did it. But you don’t shut out offenses every week in the NFL these days. The Jaguars’ defense hasn’t been bad this season. It actually has been far better than its many critics have realized, and it has been hurt dramatically by rarely playing with a lead; its demise has been greatly exaggerated. The defense was as good Sunday as it has been this season – maybe ever. But it has been good enough much of the season for the Jaguars’ record to be much better than 4-8.I would not pretend that I am somehow above the person asking the question. At times my expectations of this defense have been unreasonable Malik Jackson Jersey , bordering on a demand of perfection. A fans disappointment is proportional to success, especially after being minutes away from a Super Bowl, and all you need do is look at my Twitter feed to see my obscenely incorrect prediction that the Jaguars would have the division wrapped up by December, while the Patriots would be wallowing in a season absent of Super Bowl potential.This far into the season, however, such questions should not be asked. The offense trotted out one starter on the offensive line yesterday. A backup quarterback is now under center. The work horse running back has seen injury and suspension to keep him off the field. The offense coordinator has been fired. The defensive tackle drafted in the first round has not offered help off the bench.Amidst a cavalcade of misfortune, the defense is:3rd yards allowed per game3rd in passing yards per game16th in rushing yards per game5th in points per game13th in sacksWhat we saw on Sunday was a glimpse of how elite the defense can be against a team playing top shelf football. Yes the Colts had some questionable play calling, but the defense still had to embrace the opportunity and execute. Yannick Ngakoue, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey, Dawuane Smoot, Telvin Smith https://www.jaguarsfanstore.com/Cam-Robinson-Jersey , and many others did not have physical and mental lapses seen in the last Colts game.And all while the offense was playing near as bad as they did in the Titans loss. If you need to put some loses on the defense this season, have at it. I will agree that losing to Dallas and...and...and...Hard isn’t it?Titans? A 6-9 loss is a demand of perfection.Chiefs? A 14-30 loss was more about bouncing balls off helmets.Texans? A 7-20 loss where the team was driving for a second score mid 4th quarter but a tipped interception stalled the comeback.Eagles? An 18-24 loss thanks to a wide receiver fumble.Colts? A 26-29 loss thanks to another wide receiver fumble.Steelers? A 16-20 loss where the offense couldn’t get a first down in the second half.Bills? A 21-24 loss...yeah, I may be inclined to give this one to both sides. Can’t let Josh Allen run like that.The defense, at the very least, has kept the offense within striking distance.As John notes, the defense has been good enough most of the season. In a league that favors offensive production, it is insane to ask a defense to play a 16 game regular season as the Jaguars played yesterday.The Jaguars defense is not perfect, and surely not elite, but they are one of the best in league. They are capable of playing at an elite level. Football is a team sport. Demand more from all units on the team. Scenes from a lost season in JacksonvilleThe push notification blared across the smartphone screens of many Jacksonville Jaguars as they entered the stadium, took seats in front of their lockers and began to swap street clothes for warmup gear. BREAKING: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars will be open to trading all-pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the offseason. Players filing into the locker room or returning from pre-game tape jobs looked to Ramsey, alone at his locker, his head buried in a hoodie. He would say nothing.Just bench Blake Bortles alreadyThe Jacksonville Jaguars blew a 16-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday because of quarterback Blake Bortles. Point blank. There is no more dancing around it or hedging anymore. The Jaguars lost because Blake Bortles is bad and it’s painfully obvious that the coaching staff has zero belief in his ability as a passer.The Jaguars passed the ball a total of 18 times and it felt like at a certain point they decided they weren’t even going to play around anymore and even try to pass it. Late in the game there was one specific play that was just the epitome of what the day was.The Jaguars need to fire everyoneThe Jacksonville Jaguars should request for the NFL to realign them back to the AFC Central. The Pittsburgh Steelers came back from down 16-0 in the third quarter to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars on a last second quartback rush from two yards out by Ben Roethlisberger Tashaun Gipson Color Rush Jersey , 20-16.The defense played nearly flawless for three and a half quarters, with Jalen Ramsey owning Antonio Brown and registering two interceptions, Barry Church’s old ass also even got a pick, that’s how dominant they played, but it wasn’t enough. Leonard Fournette ran his ass off and showed explosiveness and power once again after being out with a hamstring almost all of 2018 thus far, but it wasn’t enough.5 Jaguars players who stood out against the SteelersThe Jacksonville Jaguars went out and absolutely dominated on defense. They forced four three interceptions, they kept the Pittsburgh Steelers offense in check for the vast majority of the game, and... well... it didn’t matter because the offense — specifically the quarterback — couldn’t get it done.Who stood out in the Week 11 matchup? In honor of how many seconds the Jaguars trailed today, here are the five who stood out.And in other Jaguars news ...Is Malik Jackson’s time in Jacksonville coming to a close?The late-game collapse against the Steelers can only be described as a “heartbreaker”.Would the Jaguars benefit from signing Josh Lambo to a contract extension before the offseason?The reports weren’t true, but why in the world would Dave Caldwell want to trade his best draft pick?What should the Jaguars focus on now that the playoffs aren’t a realistic possibility anymore?This is a watershed moment in Jacksonville. Will the team respond or wilt?

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