Without question, the pressure must increase.
Jaguars defensive end
“We’ll find a way to get it done,” Mincey said Wednesday as the Jaguars (3-9) prepared to play the Buccaneers (4-8) at EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.
Pressure became an issue for the Jaguars in the wake of Monday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, when the front pressured quarterback Philip Rivers at times, yet failed to register a sack. The result was Rivers exposing a depleted Jaguars secondary for 294 yards and three touchdowns.
“Going into the game, we wanted to find ways to make him uncomfortable and force him into bad throws,” Jaguars middle linebacker
All three touchdowns came in a five-minute stretch around halftime, and came at the expense of cornerbacks
“It’s hugely important (to get a pass rush) because we have to take some pressure off our back end,” Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker said. “That’s one of the keys to great pass defense is a great pass rush. The coverage has to improve and the rush has to improve to have any amount of success on Sunday.
Tucker said while the Jaguars ideally would like to get pressure from the front four, “We’re also prepared to manufacture some pass rush and attack some protections.
“We’re always prepared to do that,” Tucker said.
Youboty and Rutland each worked with the starters early in practice Wednesday, and after sustaining a shoulder injury Monday, safety
The situation on the defensive line also is uncertain.
Alualu said coaches told him he will play tackle, but to be prepared to play end, and Tucker said Wednesday he wasn’t sure how much Alualu would play on the outside.
“Unfortunately, our defensive ends have gone down throughout the season, so I don’t mind it at all,” Alualu said. “Whatever has to be done to help the team, I’m willing to do it. I’m looking forward to it. We all know what to do in each other’s job.”
Mincey, who leads the Jaguars this season with 4.5 sacks, said whoever is available, there must be no repeat of Monday. Mincey said while the Jaguars pressured Rivers at times, and the Chargers “threw us off guard the way they ran their offense.”
“Philip Rivers is a cagey guy,” Mincey said. “He saw we had a young secondary and they picked on us a little bit. We were rushing the guy, but he was stepping off the back foot and letting it go. They were hoping guys would make the play and they did.
“We got some hits on him, but it wasn’t enough. They had a lot of play actions and kind of got us on our heels. We’ll learn from it and play a little harder, a little smaller.”
Said Alualu, “We go into the game saying, ‘If we control of up front, it’s better for the back.’”
Also on Wednesday around the Jaguars:
*Kampman and Roth were the only players who did not participate in practice Wednesday, with Alualu, running back
*Posluszny said he’s seen no change in Tucker since Tucker took over as interim coach after working as the coordinator the past two and a half seasons. “From our perspective, none at all,” Posluszny said. “He’s still running the defensive meetings and making the calls. Obviously, he has a lot on his plate, running the entire team as a whole, but he’s still kept all the responsibility of being a defensive coordinator as well.” Tucker is coaching from the sidelines as a head coach as opposed to being in the booth as a coordinator. “It was good to have him down there,” Posluszny said. “It was still the same procedure as normal when it comes to calling plays. The good thing was, whenever there was a mistake, you’re able to have the defensive coordinator talk to you about it as well, which was great.”