Sunday, December 9, 2001, 1:00 p.m. EST
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the first of three straight road games when they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Jaguars are trying to break a three-game losing streak and will be facing the last team they defeated. On November 11, the Jaguars beat the Bengals 30-13 in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars are 3-8, having won their fewest number of games this late in the season since their inaugural season of 1995. They are coming off a 28-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. It was their eighth loss in the their last nine games, six of the losses coming in the final 5:18 of each game.
This marks the fifth time in seven years that the Jaguars have played three straight road games (including postseason), and the Jaguars are 6-6 in those games.
The Jaguars have allowed the fourth-fewest points in the AFC this season, only 200 for an average of 18.2 points allowed per game that ranks behind only Pittsburgh (12.5), Cleveland (16.5) and Baltimore (17.8).
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised regionally on CBS and locally on WJXT Channel 4, with Don Criqui calling the play-by-play and Steve Tasker adding analysis. The Jaguars Pregame Show, with hosts Brian Sexton and Sam Kouvaris, airs 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: The Bengals were the second expansion team of the American Football League, starting play in 1968, when they finished 3-11 under Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown. They made the playoffs in their third season, the quickest ever for an expansion team until Jacksonville and Carolina did so in their second seasons in 1996. In 1982, the Bengals finished 12-4 under Forrest Gregg and advanced to Super Bowl XVI, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. After six seasons out of the playoffs, the Bengals again went 12-4 in 1988, appearing in Super Bowl XXIII, where, with Sam Wyche as their head coach, they again lost to the 49ers. Their last playoff appearance was in 1990. In 2000, the Bengals finished 4-12 and in fifth place in the AFC Central Division. They are 4-7 this season, in fifth place in the AFC Central Division.
THE SERIES: The Jaguars have a 8-5 lead in the series that began in 1995. Cincinnati won both 1995 games, 24-17 in Cincinnati and 17-13 in Jacksonville. In 1996, the Bengals won at home 28-21 and Jacksonville won its home game 30-27. In 1997, the Jaguars won 21-13 at home, then lost on the road 31-26. The Jaguars swept the series in 1998 and 1999 (in '98 at home 24-11, and in Cincinnati 34-17, and in '99 41-10 in Cincinnati and 24-7 at home). Last season, the Jaguars won the season opener 13-0 on September 17 at home, then lost 17-14 in Game 15 at Cincinnati. The Jaguars won this year's first meeting, 30-13 on November 11 at ALLTEL Stadium.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 30-13 on November 11 at ALLTEL Stadium. Mark Brunell threw two touchdown passes and Stacey Mack rushed for two scores, as the Jaguars scored their most points of the season and won for the first time since September 23. Trailing 13-7 at halftime and having gained only 70 yards on offense in the first half, the Jaguars scored on their first three possessions of the second half. Switching to a balanced attack following a first half in which they ran the ball only seven times, the Jaguars scored 21 unanswered points and gained 204 yards in the third quarter, 59 of them on the ground while Brunell completed all 10 of his passes in the quarter. The Bengals, meanwhile, gained only eight yards in the period. Following the second half kickoff, Brunell connected with Jimmy Smith on a five-yard scoring pass. The Jaguars held the Bengals, and then marched downfield again, this time Mack scoring from two yards out. The Jaguars forced Cincinnati three-and-out and scored five plays later, with Brunell hitting Keenan McCardell with a 20-yard scoring pass. Mack got his first touchdown of the day in the first quarter on a one-yard run, giving the Jaguars their first touchdown in the first quarter all season. The Bengals then struck back for 13 points in the second period, a time in which the Jaguars had only 14 plays. In the game, Mack rushed 15 times for 71 yards - 70 of them in the second half. Meanwhile, the Jaguars held Cincinnati's Corey Dillon to only 58 yards on 17 carries.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE BENGALS WOULD: Snap a three-game losing streak and give them a 4-8 record and their first road win in more than a year. It would also give them a sweep of the Bengals this season and a 9-5 record vs. Cincinnati in seven seasons.
INJURY UPDATE: Eight players were injured in the Green Bay game: LB T.J. Slaughter (knee), TE Kyle Brady (ankle), RB Elvis Joseph (shoulder), SS Donovin Darius (concussion), LB Danny Clark (ankle/foot), WR Keenan McCardell (groin), LB Edward Thomas (hamstring) and CB Aaron Beasley (shoulder). Three players missed the game with injuries: RB Fred Taylor (groin), LB Kevin Hardy (knee) and S Marlon McCree (ankle). The status of all players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (59-48 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).
The Bengals promoted assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to head coach after the third game of the 2000 season, replacing Bruce Coslet. LeBeau rejoined the Bengals in 1997 for his second stint as the club's defensive coordinator. He previously served as the Bengals' defensive coordinator from 1984-1991, and his defense helped lead Cincinnati to Super Bowl XXIII. LeBeau is credited with creating the zone blitz when he served as assistant coach (1992-94) and defensive coordinator (1995-96) of the Pittsburgh Steelers. LeBeau began his coaching career as special teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-75) and coached defensive backs for the Green Bay Packers (1976-79) before joining Cincinnati in 1980 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1984. Under LeBeau's direction, the Bengals' defense allowed only 14 points per game during the 1988 postseason. LeBeau played college football at Ohio State from 1956-58, helping the Buckeyes win the national championship in 1957. After being released by the Cleveland Browns, who selected him in the fifth round of the 1959 draft, LeBeau went on to play 14 seasons (1959-1972) with Detroit. LeBeau earned three Pro Bowl selections and played in 171 consecutive games. His 62 career interceptions ranked third in NFL history when he retired. He has a record of 8-16.
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-CINCINNATI CONNECTIONS: Bengals C Brock Gutierrez was on Jacksonville's practice squad for two weeks in 1998 in between his two stints in Cincinnati … Bengals S JoJuan Armour was on the Jaguars' 53-man roster for the first two weeks of the 1999 season … Three Bengals are from north Florida: LB Reinard Wilson (Lake City and Florida State), WR Ron Dugans (Tallahassee and Florida State) and WR Peter Warrick (Florida State) … Jaguars defensive coordinator Gary Moeller was the Bengals' tight ends coach from 1995 to '96. Moeller was born in Lima, Ohio and played center and linebacker at Ohio State. He later coached at Bellefontaine High School, and Miami (Ohio) ... Jaguars special teams coordinator Frank Gansz coached special teams and tight ends for the Bengals in 1979 and '80. … Jaguars TE coach Fred Hoaglin was born in Alliance, assistant strength and conditioning coach Greg Finnegan was born in Toledo, RB coach Jerald Ingram was born at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and ILB coach Steve Szabo coached at Ohio State from 1979 to '81. ... Jaguars TE Kyle Brady and Bengals G Matt O'Dwyer were teammates on the Jets from 1996 to '98. … Players who were college teammates include: Bengals WRs Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans and LB Reinard Wilson and Jaguars G/OT Todd Fordham and DT Larry Smith at Florida State; Bengals OT Willie Anderson, LB Takeo Spikes and Jaguars DT Gary Walker at Auburn; Bengals SS Chris Carter and Jaguars DE Tony Brackens at Texas; Bengals PK Neil Rackers and Jaguars LB Danny Clark at Illinois; Bengals DT Oliver Gibson and Jaguars DE Renaldo Wynn at Notre Dame; Jaguars CB Aaron Beasley and Bengals C Rich Braham and LB Curtis Canute at West Virginia; Bengals G Mike Goff and Jaguars KR Damon Gibson at Iowa; Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Jaguars OL Aaron Koch at Oregon State; Jaguars CB Jason Craft and Bengals LB Adrian Ross at Colorado State; and Jaguars OT Maurice Williams and Bengals DT Glen Steele at Michigan.
JAGUARS VS. BENGALS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Bengals series:
QB Mark Brunell - 10 starts, (7-3 record); 175 completions in 301 attempts (58.1%) for 2,137 yards, 18 TDs, 5 INTs, 1 300-yard game. Rushing: 34 rushes for 205 yards, 2 TDs
RB Fred Taylor - 5 games; 102 carries for 457 yards, 5 TDs; 3 100-yard games
WR Jimmy Smith - 12 games; 79 receptions for 997 yards and 7 TDs; 4 100-yard games
WR Keenan McCardell - 10 games; 56 receptions for 715 yards and 6 TDs; 3 100-yard games
PK Mike Hollis - 12 games; 18 of 24 on FGAs and 33 of 33 on PATs for 87 points
Bengals QB Jon Kitna - 2 games (one with Seattle); 50 of 81 (61.7%) for 534 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INTs, 1 300-yard game.
Bengals RB Corey Dillon - 8 games; 130 carries for 504 yards, 2 TD, 1 100-yard game
Bengals WR Darnay Scott - 9 games; 22 receptions for 281 yards, 1 TD
Bengals WR Peter Warrick - 3 games; 13 receptions for 174 yards, 0 TDs
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars were defeated by the Green Bay Packers 28-21 when Brett Favre scored on a six-yard run with 1:30 remaining, as the Packers scored the final 21 points of the game. The loss dropped the Jaguars to 3-8 for the season and marked the sixth time this year the Jaguars have allowed the winning score in the final 5:18 of a game. The Jaguars led 13-0 before Favre threw the first of his three touchdown passes just before halftime to cut the margin to 13-7. In the third quarter, the Jaguars blocked a field goal and followed that with a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Ainsley Battles (and two-point conversion) for a 21-7 lead. But Green Bay struck right back with two touchdowns in less than two minutes to tie the score, as Favre threw for 179 yards in the period. Mark Brunell drove the Jaguars downfield in the fourth quarter but was intercepted in the end zone, and the Jaguars never got another drive going. Favre took over with 2:03 to play and scored in four plays. Jacksonville's final drive ended in a fumble, one of four Jaguars turnovers for the game. Brunell passed for 311 yards, his highest total of the season, and Jimmy Smith caught eight passes for 116 yards. Even though the Jaguars held Green Bay's Ahman Green to 31 yards on 17 carries, the Jaguars managed only 62 yards rushing. They also were penalized 13 times for 111 yards, their most penalties in a game since 1996.
NOTES FROM THE PACKERS GAME: The Jaguars lost at home on Monday for the first time in five games. They have now lost three straight MNF games and have a 5-3 record. … The Jaguars held the Packers to 37 yards rushing, the third-fewest ever allowed in a game by the Jaguars. The two teams combined for only 99 rushing yards, the fewest ever in a Jaguars game (Jacksonville had 62 yards and Green Bay had 37). The previous low was 135 yards, which was accomplished twice in games with Baltimore. … The Jaguars had 13 penalties and the Packers had nine, a total of 22 that tied for the second-most ever in a Jaguars game. … The Jaguars were outgained (348 yards to 389), but had the same number of first downs (20) and more time of possession (a season-high 30:53 to 29:07). They have been outgained in seven of their eight losses (and five straight games, including the win over Cincinnati). … The Jaguars converted 5 of 15 third downs (33 percent), while the Packers converted only 3 of 13 (23 percent), snapping a streak of eight straight games in which an opponent had a better conversion percentage. … The Jaguars had four turnovers and one takeaways, putting them at minus-three for the season. The Jaguars have only five takeaways in their last seven games, and their four turnovers was their most since 10/22/00 vs. Washington (4). … Mark Brunell completed 26 of 45 passes for 311 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked five times. … Brett Favre's 362 yards passing was the most vs. Jacksonville since Indianapolis' Peyton Manning threw for 440 yards on 9/25/00. … RB Stacey Mack led the team with 16 carries for 27 yards. … WR Jimmy Smith led the team with eight catches for 116 yards, the fourth 100-yard game of the season and 33rd of his career. He needs only 34 receiving yards to become fifth player in NFL history with six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. … WR Keenan McCardell had seven catches for 81 yards and extended his team-best streak to 44 straight games with at least one reception, now the second-longest streak in team history behind Jimmy Smith's mark of 80 straight games. McCardell caught a two-point conversion pass from Brunell, his fifth as a Jaguar (extending his team record). … MLB Hardy Nickerson led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo), followed by DT Seth Payne and LB Edward Thomas with 5 tackles each. … The Jaguars had only one sack, their fewest since 11/12/00 vs. Seattle. It was made by DE Tony Brackens (his sixth in seven games played this season). Brackens forced a fumble on the play (the 25th of his career), and the ball was recovered by S Ainsley Battles, who returned it 60 yards for a touchdown (third longest in team history). It was his first NFL score and his second straight game with a takeaway. … Marcus Stroud blocked a Ryan Longwell field goal, the first by the Jaguars since Clyde Simmons on Sept. 22, 1997 vs. Pittsburgh, (also a Monday night game). … Chris Hanson punted six times for a 40.8-yard average, one touchback, three inside the 20 and a long of 59 (tying his career long). He had two punts returned for 12 yards and two fair catches. … PK Mike Hollis had converted nine consecutive field goals on MNF before hitting the left upright on a 42-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. … Every player who dressed played except QB Jonathan Quinn. The inactive players were: RB Fred Taylor, S Marlon McCree, LB Kevin Hardy, OT Patrick Venzke, OT Derrick Chambers, WR R. Jay Soward, DL Larry Smith and QB Roderick Robinson (third QB). … Jaguars captains were: WR Keenan McCardell, WR Jimmy Smith, DT Seth Payne and MLB Hardy Nickerson.
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE PACKERS GAME: "We had opportunities to win. Our objective is to get it into the fourth quarter and find a way to win. We seem to get it in the fourth quarter and find a way to lose. We had the ball in good position. We should have scored on two occasions - the missed field goal and interception. Ten points would have loomed huge at the end of the ballgame. We went three-and-out (in the fourth quarter) and they take the ball over at midfield, and one play later with the screen they're down the field. We did open it up tonight, and we ended up with four turnovers. The offense could have helped out tonight. One first down, two first downs, keep the ball. Even if we have to punt, it's a long field. They had a short field and plenty of time."
(on the penalties) "The penalties were the story of this ball game, as well as being minus-three in turnovers. Penalties took us out of so many things. We had 13 penalties. And we were minus-three on turnovers. It was a productive game from the standpoint of snaps and time of possession, something we haven't been doing. You're not going to win games when you have 13 penalties and are minus-three in turnovers. We were third in the league in penalties going into this game. We got about every call you could possibly get tonight. I don't have a great explanation for it."
(on what's wrong with Mike Hollis) "That's a good question. We asked him to go back to the fundamentals, and he hit a couple tonight. But when in the most critical of circumstances, every game is a tough game, there is no margin of error. We have to play near-perfect football to have a chance to win. The kicking game hasn't helped us in a lot of these close losses. For a lot of these kids, I'd love to get them a win to take some of the heat off. At times I'm very frustrated, then I look at the finished product out there and I look around and I see a lot of young faces popping up in pressure time in game. You would like to see a little more poise at times, but you look around and see what's going on. The guys played extremely hard and stayed focused and continue to believe in themselves. It seems at the end of each game we find a way to lose."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "It's really frustrating right now because the guys have their hearts in it, but they are making mistakes. Mistakes like penalties, turnovers - you name it we're doing it."
(is it an undisciplined team?) "If that's the way it appears, I can't repeat that. If we look undisciplined at this time of the year, then that is unfortunate. Those things should not happen."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on the team's frustration) "The effort is there and we're flying around to the ball, but we just can't seem to finish the ballgame. We really don't know what the reason is; we can't really put our finger on it. We could say it's penalties and the refs called it this way or that way, but we're just not winning the ballgames."
FROM DT MARCUS STROUD: "It's a shame to say it, but we're still finding ways to lose. But that's the game. We're going to come back here Wednesday, go back to practice, keep striving and see if we can win a couple of games and makes this thing look decent."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is WR Jimmy Smith, who caught eight passes for 116 yards in the Jaguars' 28-24 loss to Green Bay. It was Smith's fourth 100-game of the season and 33rd of his career.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns at 1:00 Sunday, December 16 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Jaguars are 3-0 in Cleveland, having won in 1995, 1999 and 2000. They hold a 6-1 lead in the series, having won the first six games before losing lost 23-14 earlier this season in Jacksonville. The Browns, who were awarded an expansion franchise in 1999 after the original team moved to Baltimore, are 6-5 this year and in third place in the AFC Central Division.
ANATOMY OF EIGHT LOSSES: The Jaguars have lost eight of their last nine games, with six losses having been decided in the final 5:18 (five of their past six losses have been by four points or less). Here's a recap:
OPPONENT SCORE OUTCOME
Cleveland 14-23 Leading 14-13 until allowing 10 points in the final 5:18.
Seattle 15-24 Possible game-tying touchdown drive in fourth quarter ended with fumble at Seattle 36-yard line.
Buffalo 10-13 Buffalo kicked the winning field goal with 1:03 to play.
Baltimore 17-18 Leading 17-6 until Baltimore scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the game-winner with 4:07 left (a disputed call that instant replay ruled was inconclusive).
Tennessee 24-28 Tennessee scored the winning touchdown with 44 seconds left (another disputed call that instant replay ruled was inconclusive).
Pittsburgh 7-20 Allowed final touchdown with 1:56 to play, after a Jaguars fumble on Steelers' 18-yard line ended possible go-ahead drive.
Baltimore 21-24 Baltimore scored the winning touchdown with nine seconds remaining
Green Bay 24-28 Green Bay scored the winning touchdown with 1:30 remaining.
THE MARK OF A WARRIOR: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell is having one of his finest seasons despite a quadriceps injury that forces him to miss most practices during the week leading to each game, and the lack of a running game that has turned the Jaguars into a passing team.
Brunell suffered a strained quadriceps in his right leg on October 28 at Baltimore (ironically on a 38-yard run that was the longest of his career). Since then, he usually misses the Wednesday and Thursday practices and takes part sparingly on Fridays and Saturdays. He missed the November 18 game at Pittsburgh when team doctors determined two hours before kickoff that he could not play. In 10 games this season, Brunell ranks third among AFC quarterbacks with a 87.0 passer rating
"He's a warrior, that guy," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "He's playing with every ounce of energy he has. You could see on the first scramble he started limping around right after that, but he wouldn't let anybody touch him. He's a warrior. Our guy is something else. Everybody is talking about (Brett) Favre, and he's a great quarterback without a doubt. But how about our guy? He's been very, very special this year. He's played extremely well. We've asked him to do a lot of things without a running game, and he's done a superb job whatever he's been asked to do."
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.
THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' record is the fifth best in the NFL, three games behind the Minnesota Vikings. The Jaguars have won 46 of their last 75 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996).
JAGUARS HAVE FOURTH-BEST HOME RECORD AND FOURTH-BEST ROAD RECORD SINCE 1996: The Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium from 1996 to '99 and are 3-4 this season, giving them a 35-12 record that is the fourth-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars also have the the fourth-best record and they are one of only six NFL teams with a better-than-.500 mark on the road dating back to November 24, 1996.
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 7,148 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. Here are the teams with the most total passing yards from 1996 through 2001:
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 542 career receptions, while McCardell has 537. Here are the leading receivers since 1996:
... 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 10th.
SMITH HAS MORE RECEPTIONS THAN 11 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 11 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). He needs only 34 more yards to reach 1,000 yards this year to become only the fifth player ever to have 1,000 yards in six straight seasons. 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
Rod Smith 1997-01 Denver 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 HAS SIXTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FOUR YEARS: Despite missing 19 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has the sixth-most touchdowns over the last four seasons.
HOLLIS IS NFL'S SIXTH-MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER EVER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis is the sixth-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 10 for 17, giving him a career accuracy mark of 81.07.
HOLLIS IS 11TH-LEADING ACTIVE SCORER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has scored 732 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 11TH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the 11th-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 second-best division record as a starter among active quarterbacks. Since joining the Jaguars in 1995, Brunell has compiled a 33-18 (.647) 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.
Brett Favre 50-27-0 .649
Mark Brunell 33-18-0 .647
Steve McNair 29-16-0 .644
Randall Cunningham 44-25-1 .636
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 118 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 18 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (35), 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), Elvis Joseph (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1) and RB Stacey Mack (1)
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: After 11 games, the Jaguars are 25th in the NFL in total offense (28th rushing, 17th passing), and they are 25th in defense (18th rushing and 26th passing). They have allowed 200 points, an average of 18.2 per game that is the fourth-lowest in the AFC. … The offense is 10th in the AFC with 191 first downs but last in the conference in third-down percentage (38 of 128, 29.7 percent). The defense is 14th in allowing 219 first downs and is 13th in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (67 of 162, 41.4 percent). … The Jaguars are minus-three on the turnover table, 10th in the AFC. … Jacksonville's 32 sacks is tied for fourth in the AFC. … The Jaguars are eighth in the AFC with a 50.0 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (14 of 28). Defensively, the Jaguars are ninth in the AFC with opponents scoring touchdowns on 51.5 percent of red zone opportunities (17 of 33). … PK Mike Hollis is 15th among AFC kickers in scoring with 51 points. … QB Mark Brunell is third in the AFC in passing with a 87.0 rating. … WR Jimmy Smith is tied for second in the AFC with 78 receptions, and his 966 receiving yards is third. … WR Keenan McCardell is 10th in the AFC with 58 catches, and his 697 yards ranks 12th. … Despite starting just six games, Stacey Mack is 17th in the AFC in rushing with 437 yards. … Chris Hanson is third in the AFC with a 44.6 gross punting average and second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 38.0 net average. … Damon Gibson is seventh in the AFC with a 9.4-yard average on punt returns.
STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 54-40 as a starter in regular-season games, 58-44 overall. He has won more games under head coach Tom Coughlin than any current NFL quarterback under his head coach. … PK Mike Hollis has scored in 88 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 732 points in his seven years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 220 completed passes in 2001, 156 have been to wide receivers, 30 to tight ends and 34 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 1 for 9 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 2 for 8. … A total of 11 players (seven on offense and four on defense) have started all 11 games this year: WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell, TE Kyle Brady, OT Maurice Williams, Gs Brad Meester and Zach Wiegert, C Jeff Smith, DE Renaldo Wynn, DTs Seth Payne and Gary Walker and CB Aaron Beasley. … The offense has used 10 different starting lineup combinations in 11 games, and the defense has also had a different starting lineup in 10 of the 11 games. … The Jaguars have had 7 plays of 30 or more yards this season. They had 26 plays of 30-plus yards in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. WR Jimmy Smith is the leader, with 51 of the 143 total plays of 30 or more yards. … On 28 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 14 touchdowns and 4 field goals (and 10 drives with no points). Their opponents have had 33 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 17 touchdowns and 10 field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 30 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on three of those drives (three field goals). The Jaguars have begun 30 possessions inside their own 20 and have scored on five of those drives (four touchdowns and a field goal). … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 42 points, while their opponents have scored 30 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … In seven seasons, the Jaguars are 14 for 21 on two-point conversions (1 for 2 in 2001), while their opponents are 5 for 21 (0 for 2 in 2001). … In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 14-12 in September, 12-16 in October, 17-10 in November, 14-10 in December and 1-0 in January. … In 2001, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second (65-61) and third quarters (77-45) and have been outscored in the first quarter (16-33) and fourth quarter (33-63).
The average age of the 53-man roster as of December 4 is 25.81 years old. There were 27 players 25 or younger, 21 players between 26 and 29 years old, and five players 30 or older. The youngest player is OT Maurice Williams (22 years, 11 months); the oldest player is MLB Hardy Nickerson (36 years, 3 months). … There are 11 rookies on the 53-man roster, including five of the 10 draft choices (DT Marcus Stroud, OT Maurice Williams, LB Eric Westmoreland, S James Boyd and S Marlon McCree), as well as undrafted rookies FB Patrick Washington, TE Ryan Prince, RB Elvis Joseph, OT Patrick Venzke, OT Derrick Chambers and RB Reggie White (one other draft pick is on the practice squad). … More than two-thirds of the players (37) have four years or less of NFL experience, and five players are in their eighth season or more. … There are 22 players who are new to the team, and 32 who were with the team before the 2001 season. In addition to the 11 rookies, the other 10 new players are: WR Sean Dawkins, WR Damon Gibson, P Chris Hanson, Joe Zelenka and LB Joe Wesley (veteran free agents); MLB Joseph Tuipala and DB Renard Cox (first-year free agents) and S Ainsley Battles, LB Jeff Posey and QB Roderick Robinson (waivers). … The Jaguars have 10 players who were first-round selections in the college draft, including seven of their own picks: WR Sean Dawkins (1993, Indianapolis), OT Tony Boselli (1995, Jaguars), TE Kyle Brady (1995, N.Y. Jets), LB Kevin Hardy (1996, Jaguars), DT Renaldo Wynn (1997, Jaguars), RB Fred Taylor (1998, Jaguars), S Donovin Darius (1998, Jaguars), CB Fernando Bryant (1999, Jaguars), WR R. Jay Soward (2000, Jaguars) and DT Marcus Stroud (2001, Jaguars).
WR Jimmy Smith has played in 106 of the 107 games in Jaguars history, and PK Mike Hollis is second with 103 games. … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WR Keenan McCardell (38), followed by G Brad Meester (27). … Seven players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (204), WR Sean Dawkins (135), WR Keenan McCardell (127), WR Jimmy Smith (113), DT Gary Walker (104), TE Kyle Brady (103) and PK Mike Hollis (103). … Nickerson leads with 180 career starts, followed by Dawkins (109). … QB Mark Brunell has started 94 games for the Jaguars, followed by OT Tony Boselli (90), WR Keenan McCardell (88), WR Jimmy Smith (85) and LB Kevin Hardy (83).