While the 49ers were sacking David Garrard six times Sunday, the Jaguars hardly matched the pass pressure in their 20-3 loss. Jacksonville didn’t get to Alex Smith for a single sack in 41 pass attempts.
The Jaguars have been dealing with an anemic pass rush all season and Jack Del Rio told Jacksonville media Monday evening that a jolt in that department could make a big difference for his team in the stretch run.
“I think for me the biggest thing that has been our Achilles' heel is really our inability to finish and close on their quarterback with sacks,” he said. “A lack of pressure has been a problem. We’re searching for ways to manufacture a pass rush. We’re looking to create one-on-ones when we get guys an opportunity, and so we’ve really done a lot in an attempt to work on it and we’ll continue to work at it.
“We’re committed and we know that is the one missing thing defensively that keeps us from having great days because we are stout against the run, we are stingy, the guys are playing hard and if you get that missing ingredient… If (Quentin) Groves would come on , (Derrick) Harvey comes on, those guys all of a sudden can start knocking that quarterback down more regularly, our defense could take off and that’s what we need as a football team right now.”
Harvey’s rounding into a solid player, but sacks don’t appear to be a strength for him and Groves has seen a couple players of far less draft stature work ahead of him on multiple occasions this season.
The source of these sacks, just two years after the Jaguars traded up to No. 8 overall for Harvey and spent their second rounder on Harvey, may simply not be on the roster yet.