Jaguars must find a way to protect Leftwich

By Sheila King-Jeffcoat  |   Tuesday, October 04, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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Jack Del Rio and his Jacksonville Jaguars took a beating against Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos, as Jaguars' quarterback Byron Leftwich took two sacks, fumbled once and threw two interceptions. The battered signal caller has been sacked 14 times this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor only ran 8 times for 14 rushing yards, nearly a franchise low. In 2000, the Pittsburgh Steelers held the Jaguars at 12 total rushing yards for the entire game.

The Jaguars' offensive line struggled severely in pass protection for their quarterback, and run blocking, as well. They were also flagged for six false start penalties. As a unit, the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the game with four turnovers and 15 penalties to account for 119 total lost yards.

The Denver Broncos, on the other hand, were much more effective in getting the job done. Broncos' running back Mike Anderson had 23 carries and gained 115 total yards. Running back Tatum Bell ran 15 times, gaining 60 yards. Quarterback Jake Plummer completed 19 of his 26 pass attempts for 136 yards, resulting in two touchdowns.

Jack Del Rio's squad will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday evening. The Bengals have looked impressive so far and are 4-0 on the season. In order to have any hopes of a victory over the Bengals, the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line is going to have to step up to the plate, and effectively block for their quarterback and running backs. If not, Byron Leftwich is likely to get hurt in the future, and the team's playoff hopes will quickly fade into the Jacksonville night sky.
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