In this series, Michael DiRocco counts down the 10 plays that shaped the Jacksonville Jaguars’ season.
Play No. 1: Brad Meester's catch
Situation: Second-and-8 from the Tennessee 13-yard line.
Score: Tennessee leading 3-0.
Time: 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.
DiRocco’s take: The play -- called Pass 5 Weak Screen to Brad -- was put in earlier in the week and the Jaguars ran it successfully every day. Left guard Jacques McClendon moved to center and Drew Nowak, who was just activated from the practice squad that week, went in at left guard. Meester lined up to the right of tackle Austin Pasztor. He went about 3 yards down field, turned around, and caught the pass from Chad Henne, just like he had done all week. The rest of the play was an example of why offensive linemen don’t catch passes. Meester ran into the back of right guard Uche Nwaneri, tried to juke a defender, and cut inside instead of outside, where Pasztor was waiting to make a block. Had he done that, he may have scored. Instead, it was a 9-yard gain that gave the Jaguars a first-and-goal on the Tennessee 4-yard line. They scored a touchdown on the next play.
Season impact: The play was the highlight of the season and the fact it was called speaks more to the new atmosphere around the franchise. Not many offensive coordinators would have taken the time to draw it up and even fewer head coaches would have even considered it, but Jedd Fisch and Gus Bradley did as a way to say "thank you" to Meester for being a vital part of the Jaguars franchise for the last 14 seasons. There’s no better example of why the players love playing for Bradley.
Quote: "The thing that ran through my head was, 'Don't drop the ball.’ I knew I would catch a lot of flak if I got open one time in my life and I dropped the ball. That was the one thing I was focusing on is catching it." -- Meester