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Jacksonville Jaguars’ Official Web Site Rips Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 2:56PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been in the same division as the Indianapolis Colts for the last seven seasons, and for the last seven seasons, Jacksonville has finished behind Indianapolis. So it’s not surprising that the folks in Jacksonville don’t like Colts quarterback Peyton Manning very much.

But it is surprising that the Jaguars would use their official web site to rip Manning, as they did today.

Vic Ketchman, the senior editor of Jaguars.com, runs a daily mailbag where he answers questions from readers, and when a reader writes in today to say Manning did his job and is not to blame for Saturday’s loss to the Chargers, Ketchman goes ballistic.Continue Reading

NFL Playoffs: Who Won’t Be There
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Dec 29th 2008 1:30PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets, Packers, Patriots, Redskins, NFL PlayoffsWe all know the 12 teams that will be in the NFL playoffs, all of whom (mostly) deserve to be there.

The bigger story may be who won’t be in the playoffs. There were several teams that came into the season with big dreams while others had a nice start to the season. Yet they still didn’t make it.

In the 2000s, only one team lost a Super Bowl and made the playoffs the next season. We love pointing that out, but never imagined that could happen to these Patriots. New England just came off an undefeated regular season and lost the Super Bowl in the game’s final moments. But all it took was an injury to Tom Brady to put the season in doubt. Matt Cassel did a great job filling in, but injuries to the stable of running backs and a defense that, at times, looked its age forced New England slip up just enough to miss the playoffs.

They will be only the second team with 11 victories to not make the playoffs. To many, it is justice to see the Pats not in the postseason despite having a better record than four teams that will be.Continue Reading

Jaguars Could Purge Roster, Use Offseason to Start Rebuilding Process
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Dec 26th 2008 11:15AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, AFC South, NFL Rumors, NFL Free AgencThe 2008 season has been a forgettable one for the Jaguars. They made it to the AFC Divisional round a year ago, and with virtually everybody returning, expectations were high four months ago. A run on injuries, a no-show defense and plenty of bad luck has a lot to do with the 5-10 situation they currently find themselves.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will probably be fired after one season, and several players expect to be looking for work in the coming weeks. Linebacker Mike Peterson is a goner; head coach Jack Del Rio unofficially ended his Jacksonville career by benching him earlier this season.

Although nothing’s been decided, during the Jags’ last home game on Dec. 18, Peterson used the occasion to send the media his well wishes. Seriously. … [T]he middle linebacker made it a point to thank the writers for the stories they’ve written about him in his six years with the Jaguars.

“I appreciate that,” Peterson said. “I’ve got a scrapbook at home with all the great stories. No matter what they [Jaguars] do or what the future has for me, they can’t take away those great memories.” And maybe one day, Terrell Owens and Ed Werder will bury their hatches, mend their fences and hug it out, too.Continue Reading

FanHouse Preview: Colts at Jaguars
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Dec 18th 2008 4:30PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, Jaguars, AFC SouthBack in Week 3, these two teams met in Indianapolis. Jacksonville thoroughly dominated time of possession (41:35 to 18:25), yet still needed a last second drive and a clutch 51 yard field goal from Josh Scobee to win it. You can see Scobee mugging the ball-boy here after the kick in one of my favorite pictures of the 2008 season.

The Jags ran all over Indy, as both Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew went over 100 yards on the ground. Also, Rashean Mathis returned a pick 61 yards for a touchdown.

At the time it was thought that this saved Jacksonsville’s season, one that carried lofty expectations. The Colts seemed vulnerable, especially because the defense supposedly couldn’t stop the run unless Bob Sanders was suited up.

My, how things have changed.

The Jags are dead man walking presently. Taylor and Mathis are out for the season. The Colts are riding a seven game winning streak, and will be headed, yet again, to the playoffs. They have been stopping the run better as of late, even when Sanders is sidelined, due to the emergence of Melvin Bullitt, though Sanders is now back.

Three key questions:Continue Reading

Thursday Night Live Chat: Colts vs. Jaguars
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Dec 18th 2008 7:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, Jaguars, AFC South, NFL Fans

Two weeks to go in the regular season and the Jaguars are already out of the playoffs. I blame Matt Jones. Whatever, David Garrard has played well of late, and this game could be interesting for those of you who care if the Colts get first or second wild card spot.

Put differently: this will basically be a glorified preseason game, which hopefully means a Jim Sorgi sighting. Okay, nobody wants that, not even Jim Sorgi, but we’ll be documenting the action as it happens. IN REAL TIME.

Fun starts at 8 PM EST.Continue Reading

: Some NFL Coaches Who Might Be Experiencing a Burning Sensation
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Dec 15th 2008 3:00PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Bills, Chiefs, Jaguars, Packers, Redskins, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching

There are two weeks remaining in the regular season and we’ve already seen Mike Nolan, Lane Kiffin and Scott Linehan lose their jobs for varying degrees of incompetence. But more heads will roll in the coming months, and some bone-headed decisions made yesterday will go a long way in cementing the fate of the less fortunate.

A crappy economy might be the only thing to save Jauron’s job, because after jumping out to a 4-1 start, the Bills are now sitting at 6-8. And the last two minutes of yesterday’s game against the Jets was a microcosm of their season.

With Buffalo leading 27-24 and trying to run the last 240 or so seconds off the clock, somebody thought it would be great fun to let J.P. Losman throw a pass on second-and-five from the Bills’ 27. Predictably, he fumbled, the Jets’ Shaun Ellis recovered, and 11 yards later, that’s your ball game.Continue Reading

Jaguars Could Jettison Gregg Williams After Just One Season
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Dec 14th 2008 12:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, AFC South, NFL Coaching, NFL RumorsThere are certainly worse teams in the NFL, but few have been more disappointing than the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags won 11 games a year ago and made it to the AFC Divisional round, but have fallen flat in 2008. They’re currently sitting at 4-9, and if not for the bottom falling out of the U.S. economy, head coach Jack Del Rio would probably be on the ol’ hot seat.

Still, when a team underachieves as spectacularly as the Jaguars, there’s sure to be some scapegoatin’ at season’s end. Which is why first-year defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could be looking for work in a few weeks. …Owner Wayne Weaver and coach Jack Del Rio will shake things up on the field, in the front office and with the coaching staff after a disappointing season, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

The first change involves defensive coordinator Gregg Williams not returning to Jacksonville. A one-year marriage to Williams is headed for divorce, sources told ESPN. Philosophically, it hasn’t worked, and it wasn’t an expensive hire because Williams had one year left at more than $2 million when he was let go by the Washington Redskins. Continue Reading

NFL Finally Gets Around to Suspending Matt Jones, Who’s Now Done for the Season
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Dec 9th 2008 2:15PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, AFC South, NFL Police Blotter, NFL FansJoey Porter just did a little sack dance for Matt Jones. Last month, Mr. Peezy wondered aloud and in earshot of reporters how Jones, the Jaguars wide receiver, could get “caught with cocaine in his car and still plays the game and nothing happens.” Well, today, something happened.

According to Jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman (via MDS at PFT), Jones’ 2008 season is over after … getting caught with cocaine in his car. See, Joey, justice may not be swift, but it has been served. The NFL announced on Tuesday that Jones has been suspended without pay for the final three games of the 2008 season, for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The fourth-year wide receiver leads the Jaguars with 65 pass receptions for 761 yards and two touchdowns. He is 16th in the NFL in receptions and 29th in yards receiving. The suspension stems from Jones’ arrest this summer, who somehow managed to not shoot himself in the leg through it all.

Jack Del Rio Politely Introduces David Garrard to the Undercarriage of the Nearest Bus
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Dec 9th 2008 8:00AM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, NFL CoachingThe 2008 version of the Jacksonville Jaguars are a total and utter failure; I’m sorry, but there’s really no polite way to sum up the season (unless you like excuses, and then, really, you’re not chopping enough wood.) But there are bound to be certain individuals, ahem, Jack Del Rio, looking for ways to shift blame in the face of decreasing job stability.

And that’s exactly what he did Monday night, while, at his press conference, he called out the passing game.
“Offensively, we just have to get our passing game going. It was inept yesterday. It’s clearly lagging,” Del Rio said.

[…]”They load up the box and give you opportunities in the passing game. There were opportunities. I don’t think the weather was a factor,” Del Rio said.

[…]”It’s problematic right now,” said Del Rio, who spread the blame among three phases. “It’s all intertwined. It’s what I’m going to continue to tell you. If your receivers come open but the line doesn’t allow protection, or your quarterback doesn’t find (the receivers), or your receivers haven’t created separation, you’re going to have a problem.”
And lest you think this is somehow directed at quarterback David Garrard, reporters even gave Del Rio the free “well, your receivers aren’t very fast or good” out … and he passed, in favor of calling Hines Ward “not a track star”.Continue Reading

Matt Forte Breaks Gale Sayers’ Bears Rookie Record for Total Yards From Scrimmage
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Dec 7th 2008 2:00PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Jaguars, NFL Real TalkMatt Forte has had an incredible season already, piling up tons of yardage for the Chicago Bears and somehow making Kyle Orton’s return to glory seem less surprising, if only because of how competent and tough he’s been as a rookie.

And, less than a quarter into the Bears game against the Jaguars today, Forte broke Gale Sayers’ record for total yards from scrimmage by a Bears rookie. Sayers, of course, was a legend in the NFL and in 1965 piled up a pretty astounding 1,374 total yards from scrimmage as a rookie with Chicago.

He did that in 14 games, compiling 867 rushing yards and a beastly 507 receiving yards while finding the end zone a whopping 20 times that season.

Forte hasn’t had as much touchdown success (but that’s easy — just blame Lovie Smith if you need a scapegoat) but he has now broken Sayers record, and even more impressively, he’s done it in the same number of games. I point that out because often times these days, people like to question whether or not the extended schedules really make certain milestones worthy of being broken without utilizing the same number of games.

But that doesn’t apply to Forte, who, with this rookie year, has established himself as the likely steal of the 2008 NFL draft — certainly in terms of running backs drafted — and the future offensive cornerstone for the Bears franchise.

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