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Decision time on Stroud, Jones


Jack Del Rio will consider resting defensive tackle Marcus Stroud for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets, which would allow Stroud three full weeks to recover from a season-long ankle sprain before the Jaguars play again.

"We have to determine whether or not they're effective enough to do what we're asking them to do. Are we helping them or us?" Del Rio said of Stroud and wide receiver Matt Jones. Stroud also sustained a groin strain in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins. Jones missed most of the last two games with hamstring and groin strains.

The Jaguars have a bye week following their game against the Jets, then play at Houston on Oct. 22. This would be the best opportunity in the season for Stroud and Jones to get the rest their injuries require to heal.

Del Rio made his comments during Monday's post mortem. The Jaguars sustained a 36-30 overtime loss at FedEx Field, as Mark Brunell hooked up with Santana Moss on a 68-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

It was a strange-developing play. Moss appeared to be covered along the Jaguars sideline by cornerback Brian Williams and safety Deon Grant.

"I thought (Brunell) had thrown us an interception," Del Rio said. The play was directly in front of Del Rio, who probably could've broken on the ball and knocked the pass away.

Somehow, some way, the pass found its way to Moss, then Moss did the rest; all the way down the sideline.

"I saw it. Guys have to make judgment calls, whether to go for the interception or for the hit. (Grant) got caught in between … and didn't do either. The receiver was ready to get creamed," Del Rio said.

It was an unexpected mistake on a day of unexpected results. The Jaguars defense surrendered 481 total net yards, the most by a Del Rio team. It was 15 penalty yards, however, that may have been the most costly.

Following a fumble that was recovered by Grant at the Redskins 24-yard line and returned to the 18, Grant and Stroud were flagged for a two-man celebration dance. At the time, the Jaguars trailed, 27-24, with nine minutes to play in the game. The penalty pushed the Jaguars back to the Redskins 33 and the Jaguars eventually had to settle for a game-tying Josh Scobee field goal.

"I don't want to see those kinds of things," Del Rio said of the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Grant and Stroud. "I've talked to the guys about it. We'll continue to hammer it home.

"Two guys can't dance. I know the guys are sorry for it. It's 15 yards. Yards are hard to come by. I don't want to see it," Del Rio added.

The Jaguars coach talked about the good and the bad in Sunday's loss. The good, obviously, belonged to the Jaguars passing game, which produced 289 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Reggie Williams caught two of those touchdown passes.

"He's off to a good start. Reggie is a guy who has some run after the catch. He'll go into the blood area and catch the ball in a tight space. We're doing a better job of utilizing him," Del Rio said.

The bad belonged to the defense.

"We're not going to brush it aside. We're going to learn from it. We've got a proud bunch of guys. There are some clear, concrete reasons why. Shedding blocks and tackling are at the core of everything I believe in," Del Rio said. "They got hot. We couldn't cool them down."

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