The Jaguars needed 1 yard to give themselves a shot at knocking off the Packers. So, they drew up a play that involved Blake Bortles throwing the ball to Allen Hurns 3 full yards behind the line of scrimmage. It didn’t work, because it never had a chance of working.
Trailing by four points with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of their season opener, the Jaguars faced a fourth-and-1 at the Packers’ 14-yard line. They went with a bubble screen.
The Jaguars lined up with two receivers to the right and the Packers countered by crowding the line of scrimmage and leaving two defensive backs isolated to cover those two receivers. Unseen on the left side of the field is another Jaguars receiver and another Packers defensive back.
The Jaguars threw a bubble screen to Robinson, with the Jaguars’ outside receiver serving as the sole blocker. They shouldn’t have — because with two defenders in tight man-coverage on the right, they were outmatched. The outside receiver could only block one defensive back (the one covering Robinson in press man-coverage), which left the outside defensive back free to pursue Robinson.
And that’s exactly what happened. The outside receiver blocked the inside defensive back while Hurns drifted to the outside, where he was met in space by an unblocked defender, who was playing up near the first-down marker.
It’s not rocket science. The receiver wasn’t going to block two defenders positioned so closely to the line of scrimmage. Even at the most basic level, the call makes no sense. On fourth-and-1 with the game on stake, throw the ball beyond the line of scrimmage to one of your all-world receivers. Don’t throw it 4 yards short of the first-down marker.
To pick up the necessary yards, Robinson needed to beat the unblocked defensive back immediately after making the catch behind the line of scrimmage.
He didn’t. Hurns got stuffed.
So, why did the Jaguars run a play that had no chance of succeeding? They weren’t supposed to — rather, Bortles failed to check out of it.
He said so himself.
QB Blake Bortles said he should have done something differently on last play to Allen Hurns. Had run-pass option on the play. #Jaguars
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) September 11, 2016
Instead, Bortles threw a screen into tight man-coverage. It didn’t work. And the Jaguars blew a golden chance to take down the Packers in their home opener.
the play call was bad. the decision not to make a check was worse. and then the execution was worst. gjge jags
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) September 11, 2016
Source: CBS Sports / Breaking down the Jaguars’ fourth-down play that sealed their loss to the Packers