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NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - INSIDE SLANT
The last time the Jaguars played Seattle in 2009, they lost 41-0 in Seattle.
At that time, the result was a surprise because the Seahawks finished 5-11 and the Jaguars finished 7-9.
This time, a lopsided game wouldn't be a surprise because the Seahawks are 19.5 to 20-point favorites over a Jaguar team that has scored just 11 points in two games while losing to Kansas City at home and Oakland.
By contrast, the Seahawks are 2-0 in the wake of a 29-3 victory over San Francisco and are a Super Bowl contender.
The Jaguars stayed on the West Coast this week because they are playing at Oakland and Seattle in back-to-back weeks.
But avoiding back-to-back flights to the West Coast isn't likely to change the fact that the Jaguars are just starting a rebuilding program.
New general manager David Caldwell hired Gus Bradley, who was Seattle's defensive coordinator last year, as his head coach and they are just taking the first baby steps to revamp the team.
The Jaguars are last in the league in total offense (213.0 yards per game), yards per play (3.2) and scoring (5.5 points per game). They are 28th in passing (160.2 yards per game), 30th in rushing (52.5 yards per game) an 31st in rush defense (173.5 yards per game).
Even the one stat the Jaguars lead the league isn't a positive stat. Bryan Anger, who was drafted five spots ahead of Russell Wilson ion the third round a year ago, leads the league with 19 punts.
"It's not OK where we're at right now," coach Gus Bradley. "We have to get better and we have a high standard."
Bradley said, "We're trying to figure out, "Why is this happening and why is this taking place? It comes back to making sure we don't hurt ourselves."
It's happening because the Jaguars don't have enough talent and they chose to rebuild through the draft instead of trying to make a big slash in free agency.
They didn't pursue Alex Smith and Kansas City traded for him and he's got the Chiefs off to a 2-0 start.
Smith might not have made a difference for the Jaguars, but he at least would have likely made them more competitive.
Neither Jaguar quarterback, Blaine Gabbert nor Chad Henne, appears to be the long term answer.
They can hope to find one on the first round in next year's draft. But they have to play 14 more game this year, starting with Sunday's game at Seattle.
With only 26 players left from last year, the players are in a transition stage and still learning to play together.
Their first goal is to simply become more competitive. That won't be easy to do Sunday at Seattle.
"Rome wasn't built in a day," running back Maurice Jones-Drew said.
SERIES HISTORY: 7th regular season meeting. Seattle leads series, 4-2. The teams last played in 2009 when the Seahawks routed the Jaguars, 41-0. Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker was suspended for the game for missing curfew, but his absence didn't make much difference.
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - NOTES, QUOTES
--Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he had no regrets about giving up the job as Seattle's defensive coordinator to become head coach of the Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the league.
"People ask me that a lot," Bradley said as he prepared to bring the Jaguars to Seattle Sunday.
"I'm just happy for those guys. I'm not going to stop caring for those guys up there. They are very important to me. They gave me a lot and I wouldn't in the position I'm in right now if it wasn't for those guys," he said.
Of the Jaguars, he said, "We're trying to build something special. I've had a unique opportunity with our staff to really revamp our culture. It gives me the opportunity to share our message. We're seeing our guys get better. We're still making some mistakes in our growth, but I really like our guys, their attitude and their whole mentality."
The problem is that the Jaguars haven't changed much since Bradley took over. They're still one of the worst teams in the league. They've already lost to Kansas City, which was 2-14 last year, and Oakland, which was 4-12. And they were routed in both games.
Bradley said, "It's been a new challenge for me. I feel my position here is to try to make everybody be at their best. I try to give our coaches an environment where they can excel and that's the same thing we're doing with our players."
So far, though, Bradley hasn't gotten many positive results.
--Wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, arrived at the team's hotel in San Jose Monday where the team is spending the week before going to Seattle.
He is allowed to attend meetings and stay at the team hotel but he can't travel with the team to Seattle to attend games.
--Rookie Dwayne Gratz didn't make the trip to the West Coast. He is back in Jacksonville receiving treatment on his injured ankle and won't play in Seattle.
--Running back Maurice Jones-Drew couldn't resist replying to former NBA star Tracy McGrady, who recently joked he could play quarterback or wide receiver for the Jaguars.
"You're more than welcome to come and, you know, sign a waiver and come to a live practice," Jones-Drew said.
Jones-Drew didn't practice Wednesday because of the tendon injury he suffered in his foot in Oakland, said he thinks he will play in Seattle.
BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -The number of offensive points the Jaguars have scored in two games, an average of 4.5 point a game. They have more penalties (14) and allowed more sacks (11) than they have offensive points.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'd bet on the Jaguars if I was a betting man," Maurice Jones-Drew on the Jaguars being a 19.5 point underdog at Seattle.
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
The Jaguars are continuing to shuffle their roster. They claimed cornerback Jamell Fleming off waivers from Arizona and signed guard Jacques McClendon to the 53-man roster before the Oakland game and cut wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and rookie cornerback Marcus Burley. McClendon was on the Jaguars original 53-man roster after being claimed off waivers from Atlanta but then was waived on Sept. 14.
The Jaguars have a revolving door policy as they continue to look for ways to upgrade the roster.
--QB Ricky Stanzi is getting some first-team reps with Blaine Gabbert sidelined although Chad Henne will start.
--RT Luke Joeckel was the second pick in the draft, but has struggled in his first two games.
--LT Eugene Monroe was dominating during the preseason but hasn't gotten off to a good start in his contract year.
--S Jonathan Cyprien, the team's second-round pick, had eight tackles against in Oakland.
--K Josh Scobee has gotten a chance to try only one field goal, which he made, in the first two games. He is not going to put up big numbers this year if the offense doesn't improve.
--RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) didn't practice Thursday for the second consecutive day. But while the Jaguars were optimistic Wednesday that he would play Sunday, he still has swelling in his ankle and he may not be able to play. His status will be updated Friday.
--C Brad Meester practiced Thursday after having a veteran's day off Wednesday and will play in Seattle.
--DE Jason Babin practiced Thursday after having a veteran's day off Wednesday and will play in Seattle.
--TE Marcedes Lewis (calf) was limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday and his status will be updated Friday.
--WR Mike Brown (back) was limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday and his status will be updated Friday.
--DT Roy Miller (knee) didn't practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday and his status will be updated Friday.
--TE Alan Reisner (toe) was limited Wednesday after practicing Wednesday and his status will be updated Friday.
--CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle) stayed back in Jacksonville while the team practiced at San Jose State and won't play in Seattle.
--TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), who hasn't played since the first preseason game, didn't practice Wednesday and probably won't play in Seattle.
--CB Alan Ball (groin) didn't practice Wednesday but hopes to play in Seattle.
--QB Blaine Gabbert was listed as limited Wednesday because he did some light throwing in the walk-through but probably won't play in Oakland.
--WR Stephen Burton (hip) was limited in practice Wednesday but probably will play in Seattle.
--G Uche Nwaneri (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday but probably will play in Seattle.
--G Will Rackley (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday but probably will play in Seattle.
--WR Ace Sanders (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday but probably will play in Seattle.
--LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday but probably will play in Seattle.
GAME PLAN: Keep it simple. The Jaguars are going to pare down the playbook for the Seattle game after suffering lopsided losses in the first two games. They are heavy underdogs but hope to make it easier for the players by keeping it simple on both offense and defense. They will run fewer plays but hope to run them better and play faster.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Jaguars DE Jason Babin vs. Seattle LT Paul McQuistan, who moved from guard to tackle to replace Russell Okung, who is out with a toe injury. McQuistan was cut by the Jaguars in 2010. Okung's injury may give Babin a shot at putting some heat on quarterback Russell Wilson...Jaguars LT Eugene Monroe vs. Seahawks RT Cliff Avril, who missed the opener at Carolina with a hamstring injury but put a lot of pressure on Colin Kaepernick last week and had a sack fumble. He will be a big challenge for Monroe, who is off to a slow start.