Sunday, December 10, 2000, 1:00 p.m. EST
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to get back to .500 for the first time since September and hope to win their fourth consecutive game when they host the Arizona Cardinals at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium. It will be the Jaguars' final home game of the season, and they can even their home mark at 4-4 with a victory. This will also be the first time these two teams have met.
The Jaguars are coming off a 48-0 win over the Cleveland Browns in the most dominating regular-season performance in franchise history. They are now 6-7 after having won four of their last five games, though still in fourth place in the AFC Central Division. Their three-game winning streak is the third-longest active streak in the league behind Denver (five straight) and Baltimore and Minnesota (four straight), and they are looking to win four straight games for the first time since December 1999, when they had an 11-game winning streak.
The game is the team's third vs. the NFC East this year. In six seasons, the Jaguars are 3-3 vs. the NFC East and
12-10 vs. the NFC.
In the last four seasons, the Jaguars have the second-best record in the NFL. Their 42-19 record in that time is three games behind Minnesota (45-16). Jacksonville also is tied with the third-best home record in the last four years (31-8, one-and-a-half games behind Green Bay) and their road record of 20-12 since 1996 is the best in the league (tied with Minnesota).
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are still available for $40, $50, $65 and $90 per ticket. Fans can call 1-888-397-0100 or buy tickets on the Internet at www.jaguars.com
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The Jaguars-Cardinals game will be televised regionally by FOX and locally by WAWS Channel 30, with Thom Brennaman calling the play-by-play and former Jaguar Jeff Lageman adding analysis.
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, former NFL quarterback Matt Robinson adds analysis and Dan Hicken is the sideline reporter. Sexton and Robinson are in their sixth season together. Robinson, Jennifer Candelino, Vic Ketchman and Cole Pepper handle the pre-game show, and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 18 affiliates in three states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game. The radio broadcast is also simulcast live worldwide on the Jaguars' Official Website, jaguars.com, and on nfl.com.
JAGUARS BROADCASTING: The Jaguars produce more than 14 hours of television and radio broadcasting each week during the NFL season. Television shows include "Monday Night Live" at 7:00 p.m. Mondays on NBC12, "The Tom Coughlin Show" at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays on NBC12, and the "Jaguars Pregame Show" at 11:30 a.m. Sundays on NBC12. Normal game radio broadcasts begin three hours prior to kickoff on WOKV/WBWL/WKQL, with the postgame show immediately following the game. During the week, "Monday Evening Quarterback" airs at 6:00 p.m. Mondays on WOKV, "Jaguars This Week" is at 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays on WBWL, "The Tom Coughlin Show" airs at 6:00 p.m. Thursdays on WOKV, and "Countdown to Kickoff" is at 6:00 p.m. Fridays on WBWL.
THE OPPONENT: The Cardinals hold the distinction of being the oldest continuously run franchise in the NFL, having been formed in 1898, when they played on Chicago's south side. They are a charter member of the NFL, joining when the league formed in 1920, along with the Chicago Bears. The Cardinals won the NFL Championship in 1925, then again in 1947 with their famed "Million Dollar Backfield" and they played for the league title in '48, losing to Philadelphia. The franchise moved to St. Louis in 1960, and they made the playoffs for the first time in nearly three decades in 1974 and '75 with the "Cardiac Cards." The franchise moved to Arizona in 1988 and failed to make the playoffs for 10 seasons. In 1998, the Cardinals advanced to the playoffs for only the fifth time in franchise history, and they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in a Wild-Card game for their first postseason victory in 51 years. Last season, the Cardinals finished 6-10, and this year they are 3-10 and have lost four straight games under interim head coach Dave McGinnis.
THE SERIES: This will be the first game between the Jaguars and Cardinals. Following this game, the only team the Jaguars will not have played will be the San Diego Chargers.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE CARDINALS WOULD: Give the Jaguars their fourth consecutive win and a 7-7 record for the season. It would be their fourth win in eight home games this season.
INJURY UPDATE: Injured in the Cleveland game were CB Fernando Bryant (ankle) and C Jeff Smith (knee). Four players missed the game with injuries: MLB Hardy Nickerson (knee), LB Lonnie Marts (groin), LB Erik Storz (thumb) and S Erik Olson (ankle). The status of all players will be updated during the week.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (55-38 in regular season, 4-4 in postseason) has led the Jaguars to two consecutive AFC Central Division championships and two appearances in the AFC Championship game. The Jaguars have made the playoffs each of the last four seasons - 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 Cardinals promoted assistant coach Dave McGinnis to head coach after the seventh game of the 2000 season, replacing Vince Tobin. McGinnis had been the club's defensive coordinator since 1996. Last season, the Cardinals' defense ranked 10th in the NFL against the pass despite losing several players to injuries. In 1998, Arizona's defense helped lead the Cardinals into postseason play, as the team won its first playoff game since 1947. Arizona's defense tallied 39 takeaways to rank second in the NFC, behind conference champion Atlanta (44). McGinnis spent 10 seasons (1986-1995) as linebackers coach with the Chicago Bears. In his decade with the Bears, Chicago's defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL in 1986 (187, the lowest total ever in a 16-game season) and 1988 and ranked first or second in total defense from 1986-88. Prior to joining the Bears, McGinnis spent 13 years coaching at the college level. He was the freshman coach at Texas Christian (1973-74) and was linebackers coach at Missouri (1975-77). After spending four seasons (1978-1981) at Indiana State as secondary coach, McGinnis returned to TCU in 1982 for one season as defensive backfield coach before joining Kansas State as defensive ends and linebackers coach (1983-85). McGinnis was a three-time letterman (1970-72) and two-year starter at defensive back for TCU, earning Academic All-Southwest Conference honors twice. His five interceptions as a junior tied for the conference lead.
COUGHLIN RANKED AMONG LEAGUE'S TOP COACHES: With every regular-season victory, Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin moves up on two lists when compared to other active NFL head coaches. In 2000, Coughlin has five victories in nine games vs. AFC Central teams and three wins in seven home games. Coughlin has the fourth-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games and the sixth-best record in home games (minimum of 16 home games).
JACKSONVILLE-ARIZONA CONNECTIONS: One former Jaguar is now with the Cardinals: TE Derek Brown, who is an original Jaguar, playing for the team for the first three seasons (1995-97). Brown played in 29 games and had 22 starts with 25 catches for 225 yards and one touchdown. … Jaguars FB Daimon Shelton is the cousin of Cardinals OT L.J. Shelton.… Three Jaguars have ties to the state of Arizona: LB Brant Boyer (University of Arizona), TE Rich Griffith (University of Arizona, Tucson) and FS Rayna Stewart (Northern Arizona University). … Eight Cardinals have ties to the state of Florida: OLB James Folston (Cocoa), C Mike Gruttadauria (Central Florida, Tarpon Springs), OL Matt Joyce (St. Petersburg), P Scott Player (Florida State, St. Augustine), DE Andre Wadsworth (Florida State, Miami), LB Johnny Rutledge (University of Florida and Belle Glade), WR Frank Sanders (Ft. Lauderdale) and DT Tony McCoy (on I.R.) (University of Florida, Orlando) … Jaguars defensive quality control coach Lane Kiffin was on the Fresno State coaching staff (1997) when Cardinals RB Michael Pittman was a senior … Cardinals DL coach Joe Greene held the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1995-96) when Jaguars FS Carnell Lake (on I.R.) played for the team … Cardinals RB coach Johnny Roland was on the St. Louis Rams coaching staff in 1996 when Jaguars QB Jamie Martin was with the team …Players who were college teammates include: Cardinals P Scott Player and DE Andre Wadsworth with Jaguars G/OT Todd Fordham and DT Larry Smith at Florida State; Cardinals LB Johnny Rutledge and Jaguars RB Fred Taylor at Florida and Glades Central High; Jaguars OT Tony Boselli and Cardinals OT Norberto Davidds-Garrido at Southern California; Jaguars G Brenden Stai and G/OT Zach Wiegert (on I.R.) and Cardinals G/C Chris Dishman at Nebraska; Jaguars MLB T.J. Slaughter and Cardinals TE Terry Hardy at Southern Mississippi; Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith and Cardinals G Lester Holmes at Jackson State; Jaguars WLB Kevin Hardy and Cardinals DE Simeon Rice at Illinois; Jaguars DT Gary Walker and Cardinals WR Frank Sanders and DT Mark Smith at Auburn; Jaguars C/G Jeff Smith and Cardinals CB J.J. McCleskey (on I.R.) at Tennessee; and Jaguars RB Stacey Mack (on I.R.) and Cardinals OT Jon Clark at Temple.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars defeated the Cleveland Browns 48-0 in the most dominating performance in franchise history. The victory was the Jaguars' third straight and fourth in their last five games, putting them at 6-7 for the season. Fred Taylor rushed for 181 yards - his seventh straight 100-yard game - and three touchdowns in leading the victory. But the Jaguars' defense was the star of the day, getting its second shutout ever and holding the Browns to two first downs and 53 total yards, both team records. The Browns gained only 62 yards rushing and had minus-nine yards passing, and they were 0 for 12 on third downs and had the ball for just 22:49. Meanwhile, the Jaguars had a season-high 449 yards on offense, with 244 yards on the ground, another team record. The Jaguars took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Mike Hollis, and then they added 38 points in the second and third quarters before pulling Taylor and QB Mark Brunell for the final period. Taylor scored three TDs on the ground for the third time in his career, and Brunell added a TD run of his own, as well as a 14-yard TD pass to Keenan McCardell. In the fourth quarter, Shyrone Stith scored on the ground, as the Jaguars had five rushing TDs, tying a team mark. Cleveland never reached Jacksonville territory, and its longest drive was just 19 yards. Five of the Browns' 14 drives resulted in negative yards. The Jaguars, meanwhile, scored on all seven trips inside the Cleveland red zone, coming away with six touchdowns and one field goal.
NOTES FROM THE CLEVELAND GAME: The Jaguars' 48 points were their most ever in a regular-season game. The previous high was 45 points on 11/1/98 at Baltimore. They scored 62 points in a Divisional Playoff win over Miami last January. … It was also the second shutout in team history; the first was earlier this season, 13-0 on September 17 against Cincinnati … The team's six touchdowns scored tied the record set 11/1/98 at Baltimore. … The Jaguars outgained the Browns by 396 yards (449 to 53), had more first downs (28 to 2) and more time of possession (37:11 to 22:49). … The Jaguars converted 10 of 18 third downs (56 percent) and were 1 of 1 on fourth down. The Browns were 0-12 on third downs. … The Jaguars had one takeaway and did not turn the ball over for the third time this season. … With six TDs and a field goal in seven trips inside the Browns' red zone, the Jacksonville offense has now scored TDs on 61.9 percent of their red-zone trips in the past five games (13 TDs in 21 trips) vs. a percentage of 28.0 in the season's first eight games (seven TDs in 25 trips). … The game-time temperature of 46 degrees made it the second-coldest game at ALLTEL Stadium. The previous low temperature was 42 degrees on Dec. 24, 1995 against Cleveland.
Taylor Does It Again: Fred Taylor's seven consecutive games with 100 yards rushing extended his team record and tied him for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history (behind Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen and Walter Payton). It was the 16th 100-yard game of his career in 31 starts in the regular season (he also has three 100-yard games in four postseason games). Taylor also broke his own team record for 100-yard games in a season with seven, topping his six in 1998. … With 1,100 rushing yards this year, he reached the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. The team single-season record is 1,223 yards rushing by Taylor in 1998. He also has 3,055 rushing yards in his career, breaking James Stewart's team record of 2,951 yards from 1995-99. … Taylor had his third career game with three rushing touchdowns (the previous two were 11/19/00 at Pittsburgh and 11/15/98 vs. Tampa Bay). … Taylor's 30 carries tied him with James Stewart for the third-most carries in a regular-season game. Taylor holds the record with 32 carries on 12/6/98 vs. Detroit.
Brunell completed 15 of 31 passes for 165 yards and one TD. His TD run was his second of the season and 12th as a Jaguar. He now has 3,026 passing yards for the season, marking the fourth time in five years that he has reached the 3,000-yard mark. … WR Jimmy Smith led the team with six catches for 104 yards. He has had at least one reception in 84 consecutive games in which he has played, a streak that is the seventh longest among active players. Smith has 1,008 yards receiving for the season, his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season. It was his fourth 100-yard game of this season and 28th for his career in the regular season. … Backup RB Shyrone Stith had a career-high 11 carries for 27 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
The Defense Takes the Stand: The Jaguars allowed two first downs, breaking the previous record of nine allowed on 10/20/96 at St. Louis. The 1 rushing first down allowed equalled the record in three other games (last: 11/7/99 at Atlanta). The 0 passing first downs allowed broke the record of 3 set 10/20/96 at St. Louis. … The 53 total yards allowed broke the record of 182 allowed on 11/7/99 at Atlanta. The minus-9 yards allowed passing broke the previous record of 80 set 9/3/95 vs. Houston in the Jaguars' inaugural game. … The defense had a season-high six sacks. Sacks were turned in by: Tony Brackens (giving him 5.5 for the season and taking over the team lead), LB Kevin Hardy (his second of the season, doing so in back-to-back games), DE Joel Smeenge (fourth of the season, giving him 32 as a Jaguar and 33.5 for his career), DT Gary Walker (fourth of the season), and S Donovin Darius (first of his career) and a split sack by Rob Meier and Brant Boyer. … Hardy forced a fumble on his sack that was recovered by S Mike Logan. … LB Kevin Hardy led the team with nine tackles (8 solo), followed by MLB T.J. Slaughter with 7 tackles (4 solo). … Bryan Barker punted five times for a 39.2-yard average, with a long of 45, two inside the 20 and one touchback. He had three kicks returned for 18 yards. … Chris Gardocki's 12 punts were the most ever by an opposing punter; the previous high was 10 by Baltimore's Kyle Richardson on 9/20/98. Reggie Barlow's six punt returns tied a team record he set two times previously. … Every player who dressed played, including third quarterback Jonathan Quinn, who saw his first regular-season action since the 1998 season finale. Friday's inactives were: S Erik Olson, LB Erik Storz, MLB Hardy Nickerson and DE Paul Spicer; Sunday inactives were: SLB Lonnie Marts, OT Reggie Nelson, TE Ryan Neufeld and QB Jonathan Quinn (third QB). … Jaguars captains were OT Tony Boselli, LBs Kevin Hardy and Brant Boyer, and DE Renaldo Wynn.
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE BROWNS GAME: "I was really pleased that we were ready to play. There were times in the first half that I didn't think we were playing as well as we're capable of playing. But then we picked it up. Overall, it was an outstanding performance."
(on the improvement of the offensive line in the last month) "It's a huge difference. Without a doubt, the fact that one month ago the communication was still not really sharp. Things weren't being done naturally, and now the players are further advanced. The calls are not foreign to the new players anymore. The more familiar they become with it, the easier it is for them to communicate. As I started to say a few weeks ago, the blocking patterns are now taking effect the way it should be done. When you get done with training camp and you don't have a spring (practice), it's not easy. We had a lot of catching up to do."
(on the playoff scenario) "We keep playing. All we can do is take care of ourselves. We put ourselves in this hole, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. What you do is keep on playing."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "We were hoping to jump out on these guys early and get some points on the board. Cleveland had done a great job in the first quarter shutting down the opposing offense, so we said if we could get some points in the first quarter, it would really help us get off on the right foot, and we did that. That set the pace for the game. Tonight was a big win for us. We haven't had a lot of them, and we're in no position to look ahead or look down the road or take a team lightly."
(on Fred Taylor) "Fred is healthy. Fred is one of the best in the league. He gives us a lot of confidence. Our offensive line is doing a great job, but there's many times there's not a lot there and he turns it into something. To have Fred back there helps our offense. He's the key. He's a young player still. He'll only get better. That's exciting."
(on the offensive line's improvement in the last month) "Those guys are getting a lot better. They are playing with a lot of confidence. Protection has been so much better. I hand the ball off and look back there and there's a hole two miles wide. That's exciting. We have a lot of consistency going on offense. We're on a roll right now. We're doing some good things. Hopefully we can keep going. Tom (Coughlin) talks a lot about ascending, getting better each week, and that needs to be a focus for our team the rest of this season."
(on getting better as the season goes on) "That's important. We're playing for pride; we're playing for respect. There's some games back there that we're still very frustrated about. So it's important that each time we take the field that we play like we know how to play - not make mistakes, move the ball, and our defense was great tonight and has to keep playing that way. Guys feel good about themselves. It's unfortunate that the playoff situation isn't what we'd like it to be."
FROM OT TONY BOSELLI: (on the season) "I said last week after we won that if you look back at the Seattle game or the two Baltimore games, those were games we gave away, games we thought we should have won and we didn't. But we made our beds. We're playing great football right now, but you've got to play 16 weeks of great football in this league."
FROM TE KYLE BRADY: (on the blowout) "We use to have some of these when I was at Penn State, but you just don't have them in the NFL. There's too much talent on every team. Cleveland is a lot better team than they showed tonight. We know that. It was just a matter of everything going our way."
(on the frustrations of the season) "It's hard not to look back and kick yourself a little bit and wonder, 'What if?' What if we had won the first Pittsburgh game or one of the Raven games or the Seattle game? But at this point, it doesn't do any good to think that way. You just have to keep going."
FROM WR KEENAN McCARDELL: (on a possible 9-7 finish) "We can finish out these last three games and end up 9-7, but that's way short of where we wanted to be. But we'll still be a winner. And we can look back at the season and say, 'We made a move. We never quit.' "
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on playing the rest of season after being eliminated from the playoffs) "A lot of us have never been in this situation before. It's going to be a wait-and-see situation, but we just have to go out and play with our best effort, because it will be a big disappointment to lose one of these last games."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is RB Fred Taylor, who rushed 30 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars' 48-0 victory over the Cleveland Browns. It was his seventh consecutive 100-yard game, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history, and he reached the 1,000-yard mark for the second time and broke James Stewart's team career rushing record.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, December 17 in their first game ever in new Paul Brown Stadium. The Jaguars have a 7-4 lead in the series against the Bengals and have won the last five games, the latest a 13-0 shutout on September 17. The Bengals scored only 45 points in those five losses. The Bengals are 3-10 this season and are coming off a 24-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. They are 2-5 in their new stadium.
THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last four seasons, the Jaguars' record is the second best in the NFL, three games behind the Minnesota Vikings. The Jaguars have won 42 of their last 61 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996).
. . . WITH THE THIRD-BEST RECORD AT HOME . . . The Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium each of the last four seasons and are 3-4 so far this season, giving them a 31-8 record, tied for the third-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. The Jaguars have lost only seven home games since the second week of the 1996 season and have won 32 of their last 40 home games dating back to December 24, 1995, in their inaugural season.
. . . AND THE BEST RECORD ON THE ROAD . . . The Jaguars have the best road record in the NFL (tied with Minnesota) and they are one of only four NFL teams with a better than .500 mark on the road dating back to November 24, 1996. The Jaguars have a 20-12 record away from home during that time (they have also won two postseason road games since 1996). Their 7-1 road record last season was the best in the league and they have now won 16 of their last 24 games away from home. The Jaguars' all-time regular-season road record is 22-24.
SMITH IS NFL'S LEADING RECEIVER SINCE 1996 ... Since the start of the 1996 season, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith is tied for the most receptions in the NFL with Oakland's Tim Brown, and teammate Keenan McCardell is fifth (Smith missed one game and most of two others). The two receivers are close friends, with McCardell nicknamed "Thunder" and Smith called "Lightning." Smith was the NFL leader last year 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. McCardell has a total of 468 career receptions, while Smith has 455.
... AND SMITH LEADS ALL RECEIVERS IN YARDAGE: Over the last four-plus seasons, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has amassed more receiving yardage than any receiver in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is seventh.
SMITH'S STREAK REACHES 84 GAMES: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has caught at least one pass in 84 consecutive games played, a streak that is the seventh longest among active players.
LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: Jimmy Smith's performance of 15 receptions and 291 yards on September 10 at Baltimore is the fifth-most receiving yards ever in a game in NFL history and tied for the sixth-most receptions.
SMITH AND McCARDELL SET NFL RECORD: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell set an NFL record in the November 12 game vs. Seattle when they both had 100 yards receiving in the same game for the eighth time (the record has since been tied by Minnesota's Cris Carter and Randy Moss). That broke the league mark they shared with Don Maynard and George Sauer of the New York Jets, who combined for 100-yard games seven times in the 1960s.
TAYLOR GOING FOR EIGHTH-STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has rushed for more than 100 yards in seven consecutive games, which is tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. He'll try to do so against an Arizona Cardinals' defense that is ranked 29th against the run this season and has allowed five 100-yard rushers so far, including 216 by Cincinnati's Corey Dillon last week. Here's the list of consecutive 100-yard rushers:
Player Season Consecutive Rushing 100s
Barry Sanders 1997 14
Marcus Allen 1985-86 11
Walter Payton 1985 9
Fred Taylor 2000 7
O.J. Simpson 1972-73 7
Earl Campbell 1979 7
Terrell Davis 1998 7
TAYLOR'S RUSHED FOR 13TH MOST YARDS EVER: Fred Taylor rushed for 234 yards in the Jaguars' 34-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 19, which is the 13th-most yards ever in a game in NFL history.
TAYLOR HAS 16 100-YARD GAMES IN HIS FIRST 31 STARTS: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has rushed for more than 100 yards in 16 of his first 31 NFL starts, a pace that is ahead of other NFL star running backs.
Fred Taylor 16
Walter Payton 14
Barry Sanders 12
Eddie George 12
Terrell Davis 11
For the season, Taylor has seven 100-yard rushing games, second in the league behind Minnesota's Robert Smith, who has eight. Taylor is the only player who has seven straight 100-yard games. The next best is Smith with a current streak of five straight.
BRADY CATCHING A BUNCH: Jaguars TE Kyle Brady has set career highs for both receptions and receiving yards in a game this season, and he is now the fifth-leading receiver among tight ends in the NFL. On October 22 vs. Washington, Brady caught eight passes for 111 yards, and on October 29 at Dallas, he caught 10 passes for 134 yards and his first TD of the season. For the season, Brady has caught 54 passes for 639 yards. His previous career bests were set in 1999, when he caught 32 passes for 346 yards. Brady has already set team records for catches and yards by a tight end, breaking marks set by Pete Mitchell in 1996 (52 catches for 575 yards).
HOLLIS IS NFL'S THIRD-MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER EVER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis is the third-most-accurate field goal kicker in NFL history in the regular season (he is also the second-most accurate in the postseason). This season, Hollis has been successful on 20 of his 21 attempts, giving him an accuracy mark of 83.15, although he fell behind Miami's Olindo Mare on October 29. Mare held the No. 1 position for two weeks until being passed by Ryan Longwell.
SEVEN IS HEAVEN FOR JAGUARS: The Jaguars had five selections in the seventh round of the 2000 college draft (four on compensatory picks), and all five players made the team's 53-man roster. In fact, only six of 15 players chosen leaguewide on compensatory picks in the seventh round are still in the NFL, and four of those six players are Jaguars.
Only eight of the last 19 players drafted this year made opening day rosters, five of them Jaguars. In all, the Jaguars had 11 draft choices in 2000, and all 11 are still with the team - eight on the 53-man roster, two on injured reserve (OTs Joe Chustz and Mark Baniewicz) and one on the practice squad (WR Emanuel Smith).
Brunell's TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 101 TD passes in six seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 17 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (29), Keenan McCardell (20), Damon Jones (10), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Andre Rison (2), Alvis Whitted (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1) and Kyle Brady (1).
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 30-13 (.698) record as a starter against the AFC Central.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: After 14 weeks, the Jaguars are 7th in the NFL in total offense (10th rushing, 9th passing), and they are 11th in defense (16th rushing and 12th passing). … The Jaguars have scored 284 points, an average of 21.8 per game. … The Jaguars' offense is fourth in the AFC with 262 first downs. The Jaguars are third in the AFC in third down percentage (84 of 194, 43.3 percent), and the defense is third in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (54 of 163, 33.1 percent). … The Jaguars are minus-2 on the turnover table. … Despite missing four games with a back injury, PK Mike Hollis is 10th among AFC kickers in scoring with 84 points. … Fred Taylor is tied for fifth in the AFC with 10 touchdowns … QB Mark Brunell is eighth in the AFC in passing with a 81.0 rating. His 3,026 passing yards is third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. … WR Keenan McCardell is fifth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL with 76 receptions, and Jimmy Smith is sixth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL with 74 receptions despite missing nearly three full games. … Smith is seventh in the AFC with 1,008 yards receiving, and McCardell is eighth with 950 yards. … Kyle Brady has 54 receptions, 17th in the AFC and fifth among NFL tight ends. His 639 yards is 17th in the AFC and fourth among tight ends. … Despite missing three full games, Fred Taylor is sixth in the AFC with 1,100 rushing yards. His rushing average of 4.9 yards is third among AFC running backs… Bryan Barker is eighth in the AFC with a 43.5 gross punting average and he is 11th with a 36.0 net average. Barker has 21 inside-the-20 kicks among his 60 punts. … Shyrone Stith is fifth in the AFC with a 24.6-yard average on kickoff returns. … The Jaguars' defense has recovered 15 fumbles, second most in the NFL behind Baltimore (17).
2000 STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 50-31 as a starter in regular-season games, 54-35 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 74 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 660 points in his six years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 276 completed passes, 173 have been to wide receivers, 55 to tight ends and 48 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 3 for 9 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 4 for 6. … A total of eight players (five on offense and three on defense) have started all 13 games this year: WR Keenan McCardell, OT Tony Boselli, Gs Brad Meester and Brenden Stai, QB Mark Brunell, DE Tony Brackens, LB Kevin Hardy and S Donovin Darius. … The offense has used eight different starting lineup combinations in 13 games, and the defense has had a different starting lineup in 11 of the 13 games. … The Jaguars have 22 plays of 30 or more yards so far this season. They had 23 plays of 30-plus yards in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. … On 46 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 20 TDs and 16 FGs (and 10 drives with no points). Their touchdown percentage of 43.5 inside the red zone is 11th in the AFC (up from last a week ago) and 23rd in the NFL. Their opponents have 34 trips inside the red zone and have scored on 33 of them, with 23 TDs and 10 FGs. The TD percentage of Jaguars' opponents this year is 67.6, second worst in the NFL. … Jaguars opponents have begun 40 possessions inside their own 20 and they have scored on six of those drives (3 TDs, 3 FGs). The Jaguars have begun 28 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on five of them (3 TDs, 2 FGs). … The Jaguars used turnovers to score 63 points, while their opponents scored 89 points off turnovers. … In six seasons, the Jaguars are 12 for 18 on two-point conversions (0 for 0 this year), while their opponents are 5 for 19 (2 for 3 this year). … In six seasons, the Jaguars have a .500 or better record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 12-11 in September, 12-13 in October, 16-7 in November, 13-7 in December and 1-0 in January. … This season, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the first (59-52) and second quarters (111-86), are tied in the third quarter (54-54) and have been outscored in the fourth quarter (54-81).
The average age of the 53-man roster as of December 4 is 26.66 years old. There were 22 players 25 or younger, 20 players between 26 and 29 years old, and 11 players 30 or older. The youngest player is RB Shyrone Stith (22 years, 8 months). … There are nine rookies on the roster, including eight of the 11 draft choices (WR R. Jay Soward, G Brad Meester, MLB T.J. Slaughter, CB Kiwaukee Thomas, S Erik Olson, DE Rob Meier, RB Shyrone Stith and LB Danny Clark) and G Aaron Koch. … More than half of the players (30) have four years or less of NFL experience, and eight players are in their eighth season or more. … There are 21 players who are new to the team this year, and 32 who were with the team before this year. In addition to the nine rookies, the other 12 new players are: MLB Hardy Nickerson and QB Jamie Martin (unrestricted free agents); RB Anthony Johnson, C/G Jeff Smith, TE Ryan Neufeld and FB Jermaine Williams (veteran free agents); G Brenden Stai (trade); and DE Paul Spicer, CB Shad Criss, OT Reggie Nelson, PK Jim Tarle and LB Edward Thomas (first-year free agents). … The Jaguars have nine players who were first-round selections in the college draft, including seven of their own picks: OT Leon Searcy (1992, Pittsburgh), 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) and WR R. Jay Soward (2000, Jaguars).
In six seasons, only one Jaguar has played in all 101 games (regular season and postseason) in franchise history: P Bryan Barker (WR Jimmy Smith and PK Mike Hollis had their streaks ended this year). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WLB Kevin Hardy (46), followed by OT Tony Boselli (32). … Seven players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (194), P Bryan Barker (164), RB Anthony Johnson (157), DE Joel Smeenge (153), LB Lonnie Marts (147), OT Leon Searcy (126) and WR Keenan McCardell (113). WR Jimmy Smith will play in his 100th game this week. … Nickerson has 171 career starts, followed by Searcy (111) and Marts (108). … OT Tony Boselli has started 84 games for the Jaguars, followed by QB Mark Brunell (81), WR Keenan McCardell (74) and OT Leon Searcy (63).