Bortles says play against Chargers was 'not what we want to be,' categorizes his play as 'bad'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jaguars fan base and roster share the same sentiment: the team stunk it up in San Diego.

In fact, quarterback Blake Bortles' assessment of his performance is probably pretty similar to yours.

"I don't know how you'd describe, it's just been bad," Bortles said. "I know what I should do - sometimes I do it, sometimes I don't - so I think it's consistency, being able to get that and be efficient with the ball."

One of the biggest issues for the offense against the Chargers was the lack of targets for Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson. The young receiver didn't register a target until 20 minutes into the game.

As the team's No. 1 option on offense, Robinson's lack of opportunity hung heavy on the game and the scoreboard. Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett seemingly shut down Robinson, as the lack of targets was not part of the game plan.

"It was definitely more so coverage," Bortles said.

"We do a lot of stuff in game planning to get him the ball. He's always pretty early in the progression, so it's really just me giving him an opportunity to make a play and that will continued thing because he is an extremely good player and somebody that needs to have the ball in his hands. I'll continue to work on that and give him his catches."

The Jaguars quarterback believes that even with an 0-2 start, the team can turn things around and get back to where it needs to be. He believes the squads mental makeup will keep the team competitive.

"Start 0-2, I think it's pretty easy for guys to close up shop and become pretty negative and I don't think we have the locker room to do," Bortles said.

"I think a lot of guys believe in Gus and believe in his philosophy and culture and have bought in. We're going to continue to go about it the way we always have and believe that when we handle what we need to during the week, we'll perform the way we should on Sundays."


The offense will look to rebound against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. After two grueling, but vastly different losses, Bortles believes the team has to keep an eye on the future and put less weight on the past.

"Both of [the losses] were extremely disappointing," Bortles said.

"I think for us, the only thing to say about last week is we played poorly, there's not a whole lot to gain from it and we know that's not who we want to be, so forget about it and move on. We have 14 more games to play."

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