Ramsey: We're Still The Best Defense In The NFL

The Jaguars have struggled on both sides of the ball this season, but Jalen Ramsey believes better days are ahead

Tiki and Tierney
October 30, 2018 - 6:43 pm

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a rough go of it in recent weeks. After starting  2-0, the Jaguars (3-5) have lost five of six, including four straight.

“We know right now we’re not playing up to our standards, but it’s okay,” Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey said on Tiki and Tierney. “We’re not taking anything personal – any of the backlash, I know I’m not. I don’t really take things personal from someone who doesn’t know me personally. So it’s part of it, man. It’s part of the game. It’s part of the business. We have to self-evaluate – myself, I know I will during this bye week – and try to get things back on track.”

The Jaguars ranked second in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 16.8 points per game. This year, they rank 10th (21.3 points) and have allowed an average of 28.5 points over their last four games.

“We just have to come together collectively, all support each other,” Ramsey said. “We know it’s a team game. All 11 needs to be on one accord. But honestly, everybody has to win their individual battles as well. That’s what it comes down to. We all have to have that mindset that we’re going to win our individual battles so we won’t let down our teammates beside us. That’s really what it comes down to. If we’re all executing like we know we can execute and doing things like we know we can do, we definitely think that we’re still the best defense in the NFL – and we can show people that.”

While the Jaguars hoped for better than 3-5 at the halfway point, they know there’s still a long way to go.

“I definitely don’t think there’s disappointment,” Ramsey said. “We do know it hasn’t been ideal for us right now. But we’re sitting here still with three wins and we have eight more games. So if we run the table, we’re in great position going into the postseason – and once you get into the postseason, anything can happen from there. That’s where our mindset is right now. We’re very optimistic about these next eight games that we have.”

Ramsey was also asked about reports of in-fighting in the locker room. 

“I think we’re good,” he said. “Even when stuff like that may occur, families argue. That happens wherever. But where you come together is where you can put all your differences and anything that you may have going on aside and just band together and come together and find a way to win games and find a way to support each other no matter what.”

While the defense has struggled, the offense has been abysmal. Jacksonville ranks 29th in scoring offense (16.8 points per game).

“We definitely talked about it and addressed everything that’s going on right now with the team,” Ramsey said. “As a defense, we feel like that’s up to us to put confidence in them. We feel like when we’re out there playing to our standard, we’re out there playing so well that our offense feeds off of us – and when we’re not playing up to our standards, the whole energy of the team is kind of down. So that’s where we kind of put that on ourselves. We have to play better, and we have to put that confidence in the whole team.”

Ramsey, who won a national title at Florida State, also weighed in on his Seminoles, who are 11-10 since the beginning of last season.

What’s going on in Tallahassee?

“Oh, man, I don’t know,” Ramsey said. “I think right now they have to get that swagger back. It might take time. It might take a year. I think (Willie Taggart) has to get some of his recruits in there. They probably have new schemes and stuff. I think guys got to learn the new schemes and really buy into it.”