Jaguars falter at home again, lose 41-3 to Bears

Associated Press Published: October 7, 2012
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As poorly as last season started for the Jacksonville Jaguars, this one has been worse.

The Jaguars (1-4) turned in another lackluster performance at home Sunday, failing to gain 200 yards while giving up more than 500 in a 41-3 loss at the Chicago Bears.

Blaine Gabbert threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and lost a fumble. Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 56 yards rushing, his fewest since December 2010. And Jacksonville's defense, which played well in the first half, got worn down and abused after the break.

"It's not good enough," first-year Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said. "I know that."

The Bears (4-1) put the game away early in the third quarter, engineering a 17-play drive that ended with a field goal and then getting a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown from Charles Tillman.

Jacksonville never recovered and played the final quarter amid a chorus of boos.

The Jaguars, whose offense is statistically worse than at the same point last season, now head into their bye week with serious questions about the direction of the team under general manager Gene Smith, quarterback Blaine Gabbert and maybe even Mularkey.

With Smith assembling the roster, the Jaguars have lost 18 of their last 24 games. Gabbert is 5-14 as a starter and has failed to throw for more than 260 yards in any game. And Mularkey wants to "stay the course."

The Jags have been downright pathetic in three home games this season. They managed 117 yards in the home opener against Houston, 212 last week against Cincinnati and 189 Sunday.

"I can talk up here all night about what we did, but that's not going to cure anything," Gabbert said. "We've got to come out in the second half and play better football. It starts with me. When you throw two Pick Sixes in a half, that's awful. I've got to find a way to fix that and get this offense going a little bit."

Gabbert completed 17 of 33 passes for 142 yards, with the two interceptions, and wasn't helped by several dropped balls. The Bears stacked the line of scrimmage, clearly wanting to shut down Jones-Drew. It worked, as Jones-Drew finished with 56 yards on 12 carries.

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