Sunday, November 25, 2001, 4:15 p.m. EST
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their final home game against an AFC Central Division opponent when they host the Baltimore Ravens at 4:15 p.m. EST Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium. In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a 22-8 record at home vs. divisional foes. With realignment and the two teams moving to different divisions in 2002, an annual rivalry of home-and-home games that began in 1995 (when the Ravens played as the Cleveland Browns) will end, as the Jaguars will play in the AFC South and the Ravens in the AFC North.
Nine games into this season, the Jaguars are 3-6 after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. They have lost six of their last seven games, including an 18-17 loss at Baltimore four weeks ago. The Ravens are 6-4 and in second place in the division. The game is the Jaguars' last of five straight against AFC Central rivals. For the first time since their inaugural season of 1995, the Jaguars are alone in last place in the division this late in the year.
The Jaguars have allowed the second-fewest points in the AFC this season, only 148 for an average of 16.4 points allowed per game that ranks second only to Pittsburgh's 97 points allowed and 10.7 per game.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised regionally on CBS and locally on WJXT Channel 4, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Brent Jones adding analysis. The Jaguars Pregame Show, with hosts Brian Sexton and Sam Kouvaris, airs live at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WJXT Channel 4.
RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM), WBWL (600 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network. Brian Sexton calls the play-by-play and former NFL quarterback Matt Robinson adds analysis, with Sam Kouvaris serving as field reporter. Sexton and Robinson are in their seventh season together. Robinson, Vic Ketchman and Cole Pepper handle the pre-game show (three hours before kickoff on all three stations), and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 19 affiliates in three states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.
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THE OPPONENT: After a 12-year absence, NFL football returned to the city of Baltimore on February 9, 1996, when the NFL clubs approved the transfer of Art Modell's franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore. Now the owner of the Ravens, Modell's previous franchise competed in 20 postseason contests, including four NFL Championship games, three AFC Championship games and a victory in the 1964 NFL title game. The Ravens went 5-11 in 1996, 6-9-1 in '97, 6-10 in 1998 and 8-8 in 1999. Last season, they finished 12-4 and in second place in the AFC Central Division with a defense that allowed an NFL-record-low 165 points. The Ravens swept through the playoffs, defeating Denver, Tennessee and Oakland before beating the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. This season they are 6-4 and in second place in the division.
THE SERIES: The Jaguars and Ravens have played 11 times with the Jaguars holding an 8-3 advantage, winning the first eight games before losing the last three games (Jacksonville also defeated the Cleveland Browns twice in 1995). In 1996, the Ravens' first season in Baltimore, Jacksonville swept the series, winning 30-27 in Jacksonville and 28-25 in overtime in Baltimore two weeks later. In 1997, the Jaguars won the season opener 28-27 in Baltimore and took the rematch at home 29-27. In 1998, Jacksonville won 24-10 at home and 45-19 in Baltimore. In 1999, Jacksonville won 6-3 at home, then won again 30-23 two weeks later at Baltimore. Last season, the Ravens won 39-36 in Week 2 in Baltimore and again 15-10 in Jacksonville. In their first meeting this season, the Ravens won 18-17 on October 28 in Baltimore.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars lost their fourth consecutive game, 18-17 to the Baltimore Ravens on October 28 at PSINet Stadium. The Ravens scored two touchdowns in the final 9:48 of the game, including the winning score on a pass that was reviewed, although the replay was found to be inconclusive. The Ravens failed on two-point conversion attempts following each touchdown. Jacksonville took a 17-6 lead early in the fourth quarter on Mark Brunell touchdown passes to Jimmy Smith and Stacey Mack on successive drives before the Ravens scored their only two touchdowns of the game. The Jacksonville offense somewhat broke out of a slump, with 365 total yards, still the most this season. Brunell accounted for 361 yards of total offense. He had 306 yards passing (the 20th 300-yard game of his career and first this season) and a team-high 55 yards rushing (his third most ever and most since 1996). Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith both had 100-yard receiving games, marking the ninth time they've done so in the same game, setting an NFL record. The game was tied 3-3 at halftime, and Baltimore added a field goal to take a 6-3 lead at the start of the second half. The Jaguars notched their first touchdown late in the third quarter when Brunell hooked up with Smith for a 35-yard score and a 10-6 lead. On Baltimore's second play following the Jacksonville touchdown, Hardy Nickerson intercepted Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham, and two plays later Brunell connected with Mack for a 17-6 lead. But the Super Bowl champs struck back for two quick scores, the first on a two-yard run by Jason Brookins (a former Jacksonville practice squad player) to cap a 71-yard drive, and then a two-yard pass from Cunningham to Qadry Ismail to complete a 56-yard drive. The Jaguars had two more possessions but failed to get past Baltimore's 44-yard line. Brunell's last five passes were incomplete, and the Jaguars lost to the Ravens for the third straight time.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE RAVENS WOULD: Give them a 4-6 record and their fourth win in six home games this season. It would also give them a 9-3 record in the series against the Ravens, and finalize their home record vs. AFC Central Division opponents with a 23-8 record in seven seasons.
INJURY UPDATE: The only player injured in the Pittsburgh game was CB Fernando Bryant (concussion). Four players missed the game with injuries: QB Mark Brunell (quadricep), RB Fred Taylor (groin), TE Damon Jones (shoulder) and S Ainsley Battles (knee). The status of all players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (59-46 in regular season, 4-4 in postseason) has led the Jaguars to two AFC Central Division championships and two appearances in the AFC Championship game in six seasons as the only head coach in franchise history. The Jaguars made the playoffs all four seasons from 1996 to '99 - a first for an NFL expansion team and one of only two teams in the NFL to do so (along with Minnesota). In 1999, the Jaguars had the best record in the NFL (14-2), advancing to the conference championship game before losing to Tennessee. In 1998, Coughlin guided them to their first AFC Central Division championship with an 11-5 record. They defeated the New England Patriots in a Wild-Card game before losing to the New York Jets in the Divisional playoffs. In 1997, the Jaguars were 11-5 and finished second in the AFC Central, and they were defeated by Denver in the Wild-Card playoffs. In their second season in 1996, the Jaguars advanced all the way to the AFC Championship game, finishing the regular season in second place in the division with a 9-7 record. In the playoffs, the Jaguars upset the Bills and Broncos on the road before losing at New England. In 1995, the Jaguars finished with four victories in their inaugural season. Coughlin became head coach of the Jaguars on February 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. He compiled a record of 21-13-1 from 1991 to '93 at Boston College, and had two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. A veteran of 30 years of coaching, he was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90), Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85).
Brian Billick guided the 2000 Ravens to a 16-4 record, including a 34-7 victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. On the way to the title, the Ravens set numerous records, including the fewest points allowed (165) in a 16-game schedule and fewest rushing yards allowed (970). The win over the Giants was the Ravens' 11th consecutive victory. Billick served as the Vikings' offensive coordinator from 1994-98. He led an offense that scored an NFL-record 556 points in 1998. Prior to joining the Vikings, Billick was a Stanford assistant from 1989 to '91 under current Vikings head coach Dennis Green and spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at Utah State (1986-88). He coached receivers, tight ends, and quarterbacks at San Diego State (1981-85) after beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Redlands (1979) and Brigham Young (1978). He was an assistant director of public relations for the San Francisco 49ers in 1979-1980. Billick earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors and was an honorable mention All-America in 1976 as a tight end at Brigham Young. He played linebacker at Air Force before transferring to BYU. In 1977, Billick was selected by the 49ers in the 11th round of the NFL draft. In two seasons, he has a record of 26-16 in the regular season and 4-0 in the postseason.
COUGHLIN IN SEVENTH SEASON WITH JAGUARS: Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin is in his seventh season as the team's head coach, tied for the fourth-longest tenure of any NFL coach with his current team. In addition, Coughlin has the sixth-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games (minimum of 20 wins) and the ninth-best record in home games (minimum of 16 home games).
JACKSONVILLE-BALTIMORE CONNECTIONS: Jaguars WR Keenan McCardell played for the Cleveland Browns from 1992 to '95, before the franchise moved to Baltimore … Four Ravens have ties to the Jaguars: S Carnell Lake (1999-2000, released during training camp this year); OT Leon Searcy (1996-2000; now on I.R.); S Anthony Mitchell (1999 training camp with the Jaguars); and RB Jason Brookins (two weeks on Jaguars' practice squad in 2000) … Several members of the Ravens have ties to north Florida: WR Travis Taylor (Jacksonville, Ribault High School, University of Florida), OT Leon Searcy (Orlando) and Ravens LB Peter Boulware (Florida State). Also Ravens defensive assistant/DL coach Mike Smith is from Daytona Beach. … Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and Jaguars TE coach Fred Hoaglin (who was a sixth-round draft choice of the Browns in 1966 and played for the team for seven years) were a part of the New York Giants' 1990 Super Bowl championship team … Jaguars LB Hardy Nickerson played for the Pittsburgh Steelers with CB Rod Woodson, OT Leon Searcy and S Carnell Lake when Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis was the DB coach … Jaguars ILB coach Steve Szabo began his coaching career at Johns Hopkins University in 1969 and played for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis … Jaguars DL coach John Pease was a member of the Baltimore Stars coaching staff from 1983 to '85 … Ravens LB coach Jack Del Rio played for the Saints in 1986 when Pease was on the coaching staff … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars LB T.J. Slaughter and Ravens DE Adalius Thomas at Southern Mississippi … Jaguars TE Kyle Brady and Ravens FB Sam Gash at Penn State … Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and Ravens WR Travis Taylor at the University of Florida … Jaguars RB Frank Moreau and Ravens QB Chris Redman at Louisville, when Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Petrino was the offensive coordinator … Jaguars PK Jim Tarle and Ravens P Kyle Richardson at Arkansas State … Jaguars LB Joseph Tuipala and Ravens FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo at San Diego State … Ravens LB Peter Boulware and Jaguars DT Larry Smith and G/OT Todd Fordham at Florida State … Jaguars FB Patrick Washington and Ravens LB Shannon Taylor at the University of Virginia.
JAGUARS VS. RAVENS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Ravens series:
QB Mark Brunell - 10 games (7-3 record as starter); 233 completions in 368 attempts, 63.3%, 2,905 yards, 15 TDs, 11 INTs; Rushing: 46-206 yards, 1 TD; 6 300-yard games
RB Fred Taylor - 3 games; 69 carries for 291 yards, 3 TDs; 17 receptions for 208 yards, 1 TD
WR Jimmy Smith - 11 games; 74 receptions for 1,284 yards and 9 TDs, 6 100-yard games
WR Keenan McCardell - 11 games; 63 receptions for 823 yards and 1 TD, 4 100-yard games
PK Mike Hollis - 10 games; 20 of 24 on FGAs and 25 of 25 on PATs for 85 points
Ravens WR Travis Taylor - 3 games; 8 receptions for 104 yards, 1 TD
Ravens WR Jermaine Lewis - 8 games; 21 receptions for 359 yards, six TDs
Ravens WR Qadry Ismail - 5 games; 24 receptions for 279 yards, 1 TDs
Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe - 5 games (2 with Denver); 17 receptions for 238 yards, 2 TDs
Ravens PK Matt Stover - 11 games (two with Cleveland); 23 of 25 on FGAs and 15 of 15 on PATS for 84 points
Ravens DE Peter Boulware - 6 games; 9.5 sacks
SMITH VS. THE RAVENS: WR Jimmy Smith had his sixth 100-yard game against the Ravens on October 28 when he caught seven passes for 119 yards. He now averages 116.7 receiving yards per game against Baltimore in his career, the third-best per-game receiving mark by a player against an opponent since 1970 (minimum five career games). Following are the top five players in the category since 1970:
PLAYER OPPONENT YDS PER GAME GAMES YARDS
Randy Moss Green Bay 118.0 7 826
Drew Hill Indianapolis 117.6 5 588
Jimmy Smith Baltimore 116.7 11 1,284
Tim Brown New York Jets 108.5 6 651
Michael Haynes Washington 106.8 5 534
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-7 at new Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Jonathan Quinn started at quarterback in place of Mark Brunell, who was sidelined with a strained quadricep. But Quinn fumbled three times when sacked in the second half, and the Jacksonville offense failed to score a touchdown in a game for the first time since November 14, 1999. The Jaguars' only score came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Elvis Joseph. Quinn completed 17 of 31 passes for 225 yards and ran for 39 yards. But two of his fumbles were costly, coming at the Steelers' 20- and 18-yard lines, thwarting possible scoring drives. Jacksonville running backs gained only 12 yards on the ground, and the team's 48 rushing yards was the fifth-lowest total in franchise history. The Jacksonville defense played well, holding Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis to only 52 yards rushing on 21 carries, 40 of those yards on a run on the Steelers' final scoring drive of the game following Quinn's second fumble. But Kordell Stewart accounted for 316 total yards (50 rushing and 266 passing), scored a touchdown and was not intercepted. On the first drive of the game, Quinn drove the Jaguars into field goal range, but Mike Hollis was wide left on a 47-yard attempt. After that drive, however, the Jaguars' final 11 possessions ended with seven punts, three fumbles and an incomplete pass on the final play of the first half. The Steelers converted field goals in both the first and second quarters and held a 6-0 lead at halftime and then scored touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters.
NOTES FROM THE STEELERS GAME: The Jaguars have not won a game away from home in one year, having lost six straight road games since they defeated the Steelers on November 19, 2000 in Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. … The home team has won 11 of 14 all-time meetings. The Jaguars have a 8-6 lead in the seven-year series that will continue next year with the teams in different divisions (they are scheduled to play in Jacksonville). … The Jacksonville defense has yielded only 14 touchdowns in its first nine games, the second-fewest in the franchise's seven-year history (fewest: eight in 1999). … The Jaguars were outgained (234 yards to 402), had fewer first downs (14 to 20) and less time of possession (25:09 to 34:51). … The Jaguars converted only 3 of 11 third downs (27 percent), while the Steelers were 6 of 15 (40 percent). The Jaguars have converted only three third downs each of their last five games. The Jaguars' 7 points scored was their fewest since 6 on 11/14/99 at Baltimore. … The Jaguars had three turnovers and no takeaways, putting them at minus-two for the season. They have only two takeaways in their last five games. … The Jaguars' three lost fumbles tied a team record for most in a game set 10/1/00 vs. Baltimore. … Mark Brunell missed his first game since January 2, 2000, ending a streak of 24 straight starts, which was the second-longest streak of his career (27 in 1997-98). Jonathan Quinn made only his third NFL start and his first start since December 28, 1998. Quinn had career highs for passing yards (225), attempts (31), completions (17) and rushing yards (team-leading 39). His 27-yard run was the longest of his career, and his 54.8 completion rate was his second best. … The Jaguars are now 5-8 in games in which Brunell did not start dating back to 1995. Quinn dropped to 1-2 as a starter. … RB Stacey Mack started and rushed 8 times for 6 yards. … WR Keenan McCardell led the team with seven receptions for 89 yards. His 45-yard catch on the game's second play was a season-long for the team. McCardell extended his team-best streak to 42 straight games with at least one reception, now the second-longest streak in team history behind Jimmy Smith's mark of 80 straight games. Smith caught five passes for 68 yards. … MLB Hardy Nickerson led the team with 17 tackles (6 solo), followed by WLB T.J. Slaughter with 12 tackles (5 solo). … SLB Kevin Hardy made his 58th consecutive start, extending his team record. … The Jaguars had two sacks, one by DE Tony Brackens (giving him four in five games played this season), and one by DE Paul Spicer (his second). Gary Walker's streak of four straight games with a sack was snapped. … Chris Hanson punted seven times for a 46.6-yard average, no touchbacks, three inside the 20 and a long of 51. He had four punts returned for 25 yards and ended the game with a 43.0 net average. … Elvis Joseph's 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the second longest in team history and the first since Alvis Whitted's 98-yarder on 12/26/99 at Tennessee. It marked the fourth kickoff return TD in Jaguars history and 12th special teams TD and came on only Joseph's second-ever kickoff return. … Every player who dressed played except RB Frank Moreau and QB Phil Stambaugh. The inactive players were: S Ainsley Battles, RB Fred Taylor, LB Eric Westmoreland, OT Patrick Venzke, OT Derrick Chambers, TE Damon Jones, DE/DT Larry Smith and QB Mark Brunell (third QB). … Jaguars captains were: WR Jimmy Smith, WR Keenan McCardell, DT Seth Payne and MLB Hardy Nickerson.
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE STEELERS GAME: "Everyone was excited when the ball got inside the 20-yard line and we all thought we would score a touchdown and go up 14-13 and win the game, and then we turned the ball over. That was disappointing. You can't take away from a couple of things - the effort was superb and the defense played hard. The special teams played well and we made a play on special teams with Elvis Joseph on the kickoff return. I thought our defensive play was outstanding. When we stopped them in the third quarter, we thought we would be able to move the ball. We had some errors though that took the momentum away from us. We lost a game against a tough football team that I thought we could win. We were in it until the end. We were able to do some things to let us win the game and we were close, but it didn't happen. The players can be disappointed in the loss, but they cannot be disappointed in the effort. I still feel we are going to win some games down the stretch."
(on the decision not to play Mark Brunell) "Mark didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he did on Friday. We got him up here and he was sore and we knew it would be a game-time decision. We tried to work him out and thought it
wasn't in the best interests to try to let to him go."
(on the performance of Jonathan Quinn) "I thought Jon made some plays and he didn't make some plays. I am not going to point any fingers right now. I wish for everyone's effort that we could have scored on that final drive. You just can't turn it over. In the history of these games with the Steelers, you can't turn the ball over. The games are very physical and intense, and the team that wins the turnover battle wins."
FROM QB JONATHAN QUINN: "I found out I was going to start when I got to the stadium. I was excited. It's fun to play the game. I don't think I played well enough. I think, as a team, we gave great effort, and if we keep playing like this we will start winning some games. Playing against the No. 1-ranked defense was going to be hard whether or not you are the starter. My hat is off to Pittsburgh."
(on his three fumbles) "The first fumble the guy came up the middle and I thought I tucked it and it came out. The second fumble was a three-step drop and the guy hit me from the back as I was going to throw. The third fumble I stepped up to throw and I got hit. Two of those fumbles were very costly and took points off the board. We were in scoring range both times. I just have to hold on to the ball. I never thought of myself as a guy that fumbled a lot. The Steelers did a good job of getting the ball out."
(on the last drive) "I thought we were going to win. We got all the way down the field and I was saying, 'Here we go, we are going to do it and put it in.' But it didn't happen that way."
FROM LB KEVIN HARDY: "We are 3-6 and at the bottom of the AFC Central. Nothing more can be said. We are playing hard and I can't fault anybody because guys are out there laying it on the line. We just came out on the short side again today. All day I think we played the run well. The defense did a great job of containing Jerome Bettis, but in that last series that crease was there. It's one of those things - you play hard all game and you hate for that to happen at the end of the game."
FROM CB AARON BEASLEY: "The Steelers made plays when it was necessary. That is the same thing that has happened to us all year, that we haven't been making the plays. The fourth quarter was very frustrating. The effort was there. The defense did what we had to do. We didn't get any turnovers though, and it comes down to turnovers. They outplayed us enough. They didn't outplay us the entire game but enough to win and that's all that counts."
FROM OT TODD FORDHAM: "We really had to rally around Jonathan Quinn. He can win a football game if everybody does their part like we do with Mark (Brunell). You can't put it on one man's shoulders. I think we all played hard, but we didn't do what it takes to win. We have to keep fighting our butts off and working hard and something good will happen. We are fighting hard, staying together as a team and doing all the things that we need to be doing to get a win. We are struggling right now, but something good is going to happen."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is P Chris Hanson, who punted seven times for a 46.6-yard average, with no touchbacks and three kicks inside the 20. He had a net average of 43.0 yards.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will host the Green Bay Packers on "Monday Night Football" at 9:00 p.m. Monday, December 3 at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars have a 5-2 record on Monday nights and 9-6 in night games. The two teams have played only one other time, in 1995, when Green Bay won 24-14 in Jacksonville in only the Jaguars' fourth game. This season, the Packers are 6-3 and in second place in the NFC Central Division. They are quarterbacked by three-time NFL Most Valuable Player Brett Favre.
CENTURY MARK: The Jaguars played in their 100th regular-season game on October 7 and had an overall record of 58-42. That gave them the second-most wins of any modern-era team in its first 100 games and the fourth-best winning percentage.
TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
L.A.-San Diego Chargers 63 32 5 .655
Jacksonville Jaguars 58 42 0 .580
Buffalo Bills 57 38 5 .595
Dallas Texans-Kansas City Chiefs 57 38 5 .595
Boston-New England Patriots 52 40 8 .560
Miami Dolphins 50 47 3 .515
Carolina Panthers 46 54 0 .460
THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' record is tied for the fourth best in the NFL, three games behind the Minnesota Vikings. The Jaguars have won 46 of their last 73 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996).
JAGUARS HAVE THIRD-BEST HOME RECORD AND FOURTH-BEST ROAD RECORD SINCE 1996: The Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium from 1996 to '99 and are 3-2 this season, giving them a 35-10 record that is the third-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars are tied with the the fourth-best record and they are one of only five NFL teams with a better-than-.500 mark on the road dating back to November 24, 1996.
JAGUARS SCORE ON THE GROUND … In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 82 touchdowns, tied for the second most in the NFL.
… AND STOP THEIR OPPONENTS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have allowed only 58 rushing TDs, the NFL's fifth-best mark.
JAGUARS HAVE BALANCED OFFENSE ... Although the Jaguars are often referred to as a passing team, in reality they have a balanced attack that features the run. In the last four seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 7,011 yards on the ground, the sixth most in the NFL, and they are the only team to have more than 2,000 yards rushing each of the three seasons from 1998 to 2000.
And, over the past six seasons, the Jaguars have the seventh-most passing yards in the NFL.
SMITH IS NFL'S LEADING RECEIVER SINCE 1996 ... Since the start of the 1996 season, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has the most receptions in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is fifth. They are the only wide receiver tandem in NFL history to have 400 receptions each over a five-year span. The two receivers are close friends, with McCardell nicknamed "Thunder" and Smith called "Lightning." Smith was the NFL leader in 1999 with 116 receptions - the sixth most in a season in NFL history - and he easily broke the team record of 85 set in 1996 and '97 by McCardell. Smith has a total of 535 career receptions, while McCardell has 531.
... AND SMITH LEADS ALL RECEIVERS IN YARDAGE: Over the last six seasons, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has amassed more receiving yardage than any receiver in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is ninth.
SMITH HAS MORE RECEPTIONS THAN 10 OF 17 HALL OF FAME RECEIVERS: Even though he is in only his seventh season as a Jaguar, Jimmy Smith already has more receptions and receiving yards than 10 of the 17 receivers who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
SMITH'S LAST FIVE SEASONS SURPASSED ONLY BY RICE: From 1996 through 2000, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith caught 450 passes for 6,599 yards. No other receiver in NFL history - except for future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice - has caught more passes for more yards in any five-year period.
In three different five-year periods, Rice had more catches and more receiving yards than Smith's totals. In addition to Rice, only three other players ever caught more passes in a five-year period than Smith, but they always had fewer yards receiving. Similarly, one other player ever had more receiving yards but fewer receptions than Smith. Here's a look:
PLAYER YEARS REC YARDS
Jerry Rice 1990-1994 474 6,911
Jerry Rice 1991-1995 496 7,257
Jerry Rice 1992-1996 524 7,305
Jimmy Smith 1996-2000 450 6,599
The three players who had more receptions but fewer yards in a five-year period were: Cris Carter (three times: 1993-1997, 515, 6,379; 1994-1998, 507, 5,870; and 1995-1999, 475, 5,858), Herman Moore (1994-1998, 487, 6,431), and Tim Brown (1995-1999, 454, 6,210). The only player who had more yards receiving but fewer receptions in a five-year period was Michael Irvin (1991-1995, 449, 7,093).
SMITH HAS FIVE STRAIGHT 1,000-YARD SEASONS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark receiving five straight seasons, a feat accomplished by only six other players in NFL history and which ties him for fifth all time behind Jerry Rice (11 straight 1,000-yard seasons), Tim Brown and Cris Carter (8 straight), and Lance Alworth (7 straight). Here's the list:
PLAYER YEARS TEAM 1,000+
Jerry Rice 1986-96 San Francisco 11
Tim Brown 1993-00 Oakland 8
Cris Carter 1993-00 Minnesota 8
Lance Alworth 1963-69 San Diego 7
Jimmy Smith 1996-00 Jacksonville 5
Michael Irvin 1991-95 Dallas 5
SMITH AND McCARDELL SET NFL RECORD: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell hold the NFL record with nine games in which both players have had 100 yards receiving in the same game.
THE ORIGINAL THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell are only the sixth tandem in NFL history to each have 1,000 yards receiving in the same season three different years.
TAYLOR TIED WITH FIFTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FOUR YEARS: Despite missing 17 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the fifth-most touchdowns over the last four seasons.
HOLLIS IS NFL'S FIFTH-MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER EVER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis is the fifth-most-accurate field goal kicker in NFL history in the regular season (he is also the second-most accurate in the postseason). In 2001, Hollis is 8 for 13, giving him a career accuracy mark of 81.68.
HOLLIS IS 11TH-LEADING ACTIVE SCORER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has scored 722 career points in his seven seasons in the NFL, which ranks 11th among active players.
HOLLIS IS MOST ACCURATE 50-YARD KICKER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has connected on 10 of his 14 field goals over 50 yards in his seven-year career, and his .714 percentage is the best among the NFL's active placekickers.
BRUNELL HAS EIGHTH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the eighth-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins). Also, in the last seven seasons, Brunell has the most victories of any quarterback other than Green Bay's Brett Favre.
BRUNELL ON CENTRAL TIME: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the NFL's best division record as a starter among active quarterbacks. Since joining the Jaguars in 1995, Brunell has compiled a 33-17 (.660) record as a starter against the AFC Central. Following are the top four active quarterbacks in career division win percentage (minimum 25 starts):
Quarterback Record Pct.
Mark Brunell 33-17-0 .660
Brett Favre 49-27-0 .645
Steve McNair 28-15-0 .651
Randall Cunningham 44-25-1 .636
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 116 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 18 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (34), Keenan McCardell (22), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), Kyle Brady (5), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Andre Rison (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1), RB Elvis Joseph (1) and RB Stacey Mack (1)
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: After nine games, the Jaguars are 27th in the NFL in total offense (28th rushing, 20th passing), and they are 23rd in defense (18th rushing and 20th passing). However, they have allowed only 148 points, an average of 16.4 per game that is the second-lowest in the AFC and sixth-lowest in the NFL. … The offense is 14th in the AFC with 152 first downs but last in the conference in third-down percentage (29 of 101, 28.7 percent). The defense is tied for 11th in allowing 175 first downs and is 14th in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (56 of 134, 41.8 percent). … The Jaguars are minus-two on the turnover table, ninth in the AFC. … Jacksonville's 29 sacks is second in the AFC and tied for fourth in the NFL. … The Jaguars are third in the AFC with a 55.0 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (11 of 20). Defensively, the Jaguars are fourth in the AFC with opponents scoring touchdowns on 44.0 percent of red zone opportunities (11 of 25). … PK Mike Hollis is last among AFC kickers in scoring with 41 points. … QB Mark Brunell is third in the AFC in passing with a 90.3 rating. … WR Jimmy Smith is third in the AFC with 63 receptions, and his 790 receiving yards is fourth. … WR Keenan McCardell is 10th in the AFC with 45 catches, and his 536 yards ranks 15th. … Despite starting just four games, Stacey Mack is 16th in the AFC in rushing with 360 yards. … Chris Hanson is third in the AFC with a 45.7 gross punting average and first in the AFC and second in the NFL with a 39.2-net average. … Damon Gibson is seventh in the AFC with a 9.5-yard average on punt returns.