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Bears 23, Jags 10: Bears Yawn Their Way to Victory in the Bitter Cold
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 7th 2008 5:33PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Jaguars, AFC South, NFC NorthDavid Garrard’s passer rating hovered around the temperature for much of the game. When the players can see their breath, this is definitely not a good thing. He set the tone early with an interception that was so bad it actually appeared he intended to throw the pass to Danieal Manning. Manning nearly takes it to the house, and the Bears score a touchdown two plays later. So there were only two minutes and 24 seconds in this game where the Bears did not lead.

After a 20-3 halftime lead, the Bears offense was very stagnant in the second half. You actually have to go more than a month to find a second half in which the Bears offense was clicking. This concerns me, but you can use the excuse that it wasn’t really needed today.

Also concerning to me — as a Bears fan — was the poor production in the red zone, in terms of touchdowns. This isn’t going to cut it against good teams, scoring a touchdown only once in four red zone tries.Continue Reading

Jack Del Rio Says Jags Didn’t Quit Against Texans, Still Calls Performance ‘Embarrassing’
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Dec 3rd 2008 2:20PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, AFC South, NFL CoachingI wouldn’t blame Rashean Mathis for going on injured reserve, even if he wasn’t, you know, injured. The 2008 Jaguars have been a complete failure on every level, and Monday night’s meltdown against the Texans was a microcosm of that.

Mathis is probably the best player on the team but since everybody has seemingly quit on this once-promising season, he won’t be missed. And despite the obvious signs that Jacksonville plays like an outfit eager for things to just end already, head coach Jack Del Rio will hear none of it. The only time Del Rio showed any emotion [during the post-game press conference] was when he was questioned about whether or not his team has packed it in.

“You wouldn’t say there was a lack of want-to. That can’t even be a sincere comment,” Del Rio said. “We’re going to continue to do the right things for the right reason and look to execute better. I don’t like to hear those questions [about whether the team quit].” To be fair, Del Rio, who is due a visit from Tim Gunn any day now, preceded those comments with adjectives like “ridiculous,” mistake-filled,” “sloppy,” “embarrassing” and “totally unacceptable” when talking about the Jags’ performance. So it’s not like he’s blind, just protective. Which is part of his job.

So while Jacksonville might be one of the most disappointing teams of the season, Mathis is the 11th player they’ve put on IR. I know, every team has injuries, but Jags have had it worse than most.

Still, I’m not sure that’s an excuse for what happened Monday night.

Zebra Report: Misplaced Pylon, Welker Leveled, and Scoring Rise Due to Officiating?
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Dec 3rd 2008 2:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, Patriots, Steelers, Texans, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, NFL Referees

As we get later in the season, there will likely be less for me to cover here. Sure, an uncovered gem like the free kick field goal could be unearthed. Generally speaking, though, I’ve probably covered most of the tricky rules interpretations by now. The point of the Zebra Report is not to give a forum for people to complain about obvious blown calls. In the past, you’ve seen me type, “we all saw it,” when mistakes have been made. My aim, instead, is to focus on actual rules, positioning, and to maybe even speculate (with disclaimers, of course) what the official may have been thinking when making a judgment.

With this in mind, we only have three items this week. Worry not, my friends, because you will most certainly get your money’s worth.Continue Reading

Texans 30, Jags 17: Maybe Houston Should Wear the Kool-Aid Man Jerseys Every Week
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Dec 2nd 2008 11:07AM by Stephanie Stradley (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, Texans, AFC South

Though nationally there wasn’t much interest in two 4-7 teams playing each other, in Houston, Reliant Stadium was packed to watch the city’s first Monday Night Football game in 14 years.

The story of the game was the impressive play of Texans rookie Steve Slaton and Mario Williams. The above video shows highlights of Slaton’s 130-yard rushing, 51-yard receiving, two-touchdown performance. Williams had three sacks, a forced fumble and four tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

I guess they both saw this as a statement game. Slaton was angry that NFL teams saw him as only a third-down back, which allowed him to slip to the third round of the draft. Williams mentioned in the post game interviews that he took exception to Ron Jaworski’s pregame comments to the suggesting that the defensive end was not a dominant player.Continue Reading

Brutally Wounded Richard Collier Talks for First Time Since Being Shot 14 Times
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Dec 2nd 2008 4:00PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, AFC South, NFL InjuriesAnytime you think life has dealt you an unfair shake, you can likely point to the story of Richard Collier and count your blessings. The former Jacksonville offensive lineman is going through the rest of life paralyzed from the waist down, with only one remaining leg, after being shot 14 times in early September. While I can’t imagine the physical toll this would take on someone, I couldn’t even begin to fathom the mental toll it would take.

Collier explains, to the in his first interview since the shooting, how it would haunt any one of us: “I remember everything,” Collier said Monday afternoon in his first interview since he sustained 14 gunshot wounds following a night out on the town with Pettway on Sept. 2. “I just remember the whole incident. It plays back in my mind all the time. Try to come up with these scenarios, if I did this, if I did that.” I think that would be the toughest thing for me. To think if you moved a different direction, maybe you’d have escaped with just minor injuries.Continue Reading

MNF Live Chat: Jaguars vs. Texans
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Dec 1st 2008 8:15PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, Texans, AFC South, NFL Fans

There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe tonight’s Jaguars-Texans matchup. It’s the battle for … well, last place in the AFC South, actually. Jacksonville has been one of the most disappointing clubs in the NFL this season, and Houston continues their never-ending search for a defense (and a defensive coordinator!).

Both teams are 4-7, just six games behind division leader Tennessee. Which means, yes, tonight is all about pride. And Mr. Tony’s odd fascination with Brett Favre and Tom Brady.

Long live Rosenchappa!

Party starts at .Continue Reading

Fred Taylor Thinks 2008 Jags Are ‘Worst Team I’ve Been On’
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Nov 26th 2008 4:20PM by Shane Bacon (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, AFC SouthComing into the season, the Jaguars were the sexy pick of 2008. They were coming off an 11-5 season in 2007 where they lost to the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs, 12-6. Experts believed in David Garrard’s ability to avoid turnovers, as well as the running back duo of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor. Their defense was also seen as a strength.

Well, things haven’t quite worked out for the Jags this season, and Taylor knows it. That is why he is calling this year’s Jacksonville team, which moved to 4-7 with the loss on Sunday to Minnesota, the worst team he has ever played for.
“In my eleven years this is probably the worst team, emphasize the word ‘team,’ that I’ve been on,” Taylor said. “We have some outstanding players but the mix is bad. We can’t really find that chemistry that we need. Usually, I think, if you have that chemistry good things just tend to happen to you just because. But we don’t have that mix and it’s just tough right now.”
Upon closer inspection, it turns out that Taylor might not be far off. Since 1998, the Jags have won as few as five games in only one season, 2003, when the team went 5-11. Even in that season, the stats were fairly similar. The ‘03 team was ranked 25th in offense and 18th in defense, pretty comparable to this season where they rank 24th on offense and 14th in defense.Continue Reading

Former Vikings WR Troy Williamson Is Still Mad at Brad Childress, Wants to ‘Duke It Out’
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Nov 19th 2008 10:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jaguars, Vikings, AFC South, NFC North, NFL FansThe Vikings drafted Troy Williamson with the seventh-overall selection of the 2005 draft to replace Randy Moss, who had been traded to the Raiders. Things didn’t quite work out; in three seasons, Williamson never caught more than 37 passes, he hauled in a grand total of three touchdowns in 39 games, and last February, Minnesota ended up shipping him to Jacksonville for a second-day draft pick.

It’s been more of the same with the Jags; Williamson’s battled injuries, played in just five games, and has four catches for 27 yards (but 25 percent of his receptions resulted in touchdowns!)

With the Jags hosting the Vikes this weekend, the story line, naturally, is Williamson facing his former team. In addition to the on-field banalities such stories evoke, there’s also this: Williamson’s then-coach Brad Childress fined the wideout for missing a game to be with his family after his grandmother’s death. Seriously.

After some players protested, Childress reconsidered, but it helps explain why Williamson still has bitter feelings about his time in Minnesota. And why, during a Wednesday conference call, he said he’d like to “duke it out” with his former coach this Sunday. Wait, what?Continue Reading

A Year After Boom King, NFLers Say: ‘We Are Targets’ and They ‘Don’t Know What Safe Is’
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Nov 20th 2008 1:15AM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Buccaneers, Jaguars, Redskins, Pressing Issues, NFL Fans, NFL Media Watch, NFL RumorsThere’s a well chronicled history of violence in the NFL — it is, after all, a very dangerous sport. But there’s also a heavy awareness of the even darker violent side of professional football off the field. Numerous players have been accosted, robbed, beaten and even killed in usually completely unnecessary acts of violence.

And, based on Dave Fleming’s Mag article surrounding this violence, you would be amazed at how succinctly aware and terrified many players are with regards to potential intrusions on their private lives, almost a year after the Sean Taylor tragedy.
“We are targets,” says Buccaneers corner Ronde Barber. “We need to be aware of that everywhere we go.”

[…] “I don’t think the NFL is gonna ever be the same,” says [Clinton] Portis. “As a football player, Sean thrived on instilling fear in people on the field. Then you wake up in the middle of the night, and you hear something rattling around in your house, and in a split second-now the fear is in you.”

[…]Fred Taylor, meanwhile, has equipped his Jacksonville home with every conceivable security apparatus. “I still don’t think I have enough,” he says. “Who knows what’s enough? I wouldn’t say I’m safe.

“I don’t know what safe is.”
In other words, yes, these gentlemen that are idolized for their on-field bravery and relentless drive and attack are, pardon the cheddar, shrouded in fear when roaming the outside world. But that’s because Barber is absolutely spot on — as famous celebrities with an even more insane fan base that sometimes come from questionable backgrounds, NFL players have the ideal recipe to become targets for people seeking to gain from their fame or try and rebel against it.Continue Reading

Fox Hires Recently Retired John Lynch
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Nov 17th 2008 1:09PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: 49ers, AZ Cardinals, Cowboys, Jaguars, Giants, Vikings, NFL Media WatchWe knew that John Lynch was going to retire today, but we weren’t sure what was on the horizon for him.

Apparently, he quickly got a gig with Fox, and will be calling the Vikings-Jaguars game this Sunday. Awful Announcing tells us that he will work with Chris Rose and sideline reporter Krista Voda.

Unless you have DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket or are a die-hard Vikings or Jaguars fan who lives in a remote area, you probably won’t get to hear Lynch’s debut. It’s a shame, too, since the Vikings are tied atop the NFC North standings, yet their fans get the new guy.

Fox also put their No. 1 broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the gripping San Francisco-Dallas game. Good thing there is no Cowboys bias at the network*. After all, Fox is only doing the NY Giants-Arizona and Carolina-Atlanta games. You know, three first place teams and the young, exciting Falcons.

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