Jaguars Took Away The Short Passing Game Against Steelers

Gerry Dulac stated in his chat today that the Jacksonville Jaguars were consistently lining up 10 defensive players within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage this past Sunday. The theory behind that game plan was likely to take away the short quick passes that the Steelers used the week before against the Titans and additionally help support against the run on the windy day.

One of my charters, Alan Gifford, saw this in the Dulac chat and charted it today play by play. Dulac was indeed correct as Alan found that on 36 of the 63 offensive snaps the Jaguars had 10 or more defensive players within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage at the time the ball was snapped. On 60 of 63 plays they had 9 or more 8 yards or in.

In the table below, we have it charted by drive with a Y in the very deep pass column if it was one of the several deep balls.

The Jaguars usually were rolling the deep safety over to Mike Wallace in coverage and this is the reason you saw shots taken deep to Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. The defensive backs were also giving quite a few free releases off the line as well. Those plays were there, but Ben Roethlisberger was unable to hit the wide open receivers.

Did the wind play into the game plan for the Jaguars? Perhaps a little, but Roethlisberger has been more accurate in worse conditions than that. Now you can see why short passes were a risky proposition this past Sunday and why Bruce Arians leaned so much on the run to set up the deep pass.

Thanks to Alan for charting this and make sure to follow him on Twitter at @algiff.

Series #1
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
110:20R10 
19:45P10 
19:07R10 
18:28R10 
17:47P9 
17:09R10 
16:29R9 
15:47P9 
15:12R9 
14:30R10 
Series #2
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
12:55P10Y
12:47R9 
12:06P9 
11:21R10 
10:41R9 
215:00P10 
214:29P10 
213:47P10Y
Series #3
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
212:23R10 
211:49R11 
211:11P11 
211:06P11 
Series #4
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
28:44R9 
28:04P10Y
27:55P9Y
27:09R9 
26:34R9 
26:04P9 
25:58P8 
25:17 PEN9 
24:51P9 
Series #5
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
23:12R10 
22:42R10 
22:00P10 
21:36P8 
21:32P10Y
21:25P10 
Series #6
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
20:06PEN4 
20:06 KN9 
Series #7
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
314:53R10 
314:19R10 
313:36P9 
312:56P10Y
312:48R10 
312:03P9 
Series #8
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
31:46R10 
31:12R9 
30:33R10 
415:00 P10 
414:54P9 
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
Series #9
413:00R9 
412:27R10 
411:39 PEN9 
411:12P10 
Series #10
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
48:38R9 
48:01P9
47:51P9 
Series #11
QTimeR/P# In 8 ydsLong
44:17R10 
43:37R11 
42:54P11 
42:31R10 
42:25R11 
42:00P10

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  • Tea_leaves

    damn Dave… you deserve a vacation. Do you even have a social life with what you sacrifice/procure for the sake of Steeler football. God Bless…

  • SteelersDepot

    I am 43, retired & have OCD, ADD, recovered alcoholic & am a chronic insomniac.Love the Steelers. You add all that together & you get this.

  • Josh

    I was at the game. Not only was it windy, but it was a REALLY swirling wind. There were times when one of the wind markers on top of the uprights would be horizontal, and the one on the other upright would barely be moving. In all my times there, I’ve never noticed it to be as bad as it was Sunday. I’m amazed they attempted any real long passes at all.

    -Josh Aka GunKing1

  • Shannon Stephenson

    stay well and God Bless Dave….you are a true fan!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Still think Arians is a dork. :)….but at least I see why we didnt use the short passing game.