Sunday, September 30, 2001, 4:15 p.m. EDT ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will go for their sixth consecutive home victory and attempt to start the season 3-0 when they host the Cleveland Browns at 4:15 p.m. EDT Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium. Because of the postponed game in Week 2, the game vs. the Browns will be the Jaguars' third straight at home, a first for the seven-year-old franchise. In contrast, the Jaguars have played three straight road games four times (including the postseason), with a fifth time coming up in December. The Jaguars are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 1998, and they are in first place in the AFC Central (tied with Cincinnati) for the first time since the opening week of the 2000 season. The Jaguars are coming off a hard-fought 13-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. The Jacksonville defense has not allowed a touchdown so far this season, having given up only three field goals in two games. The game is the Jaguars' third straight against an AFC Central foe, and they have won five of their last six games in the division. Jacksonville is 14-11 in September, going 14-7 since their 0-4 start in '95. A win over the Browns will give them their second undefeated September, joining 1998 when they were 4-0. The Browns are 1-1, having lost to the Seattle Seahawks and beaten the Detroit Lions last Sunday. After missing the playoffs last season for the first time in five years, the Jaguars are looking to re-join the league's elite teams, and they bristle at suggestions that their window of opportunity has closed. "Some people might not have thought we had a chance, but we always did," said All-Pro offensive tackle Tony Boselli. "We're going to work hard and keep going out there and playing. If the defense keeps playing like they did today (vs. Tennessee), we're going to be a very tough team to beat." The Jacksonville roster features 18 new players - five draft picks, four undrafted rookies, six veterans and three new first-year players. But the team still retains the same core group of players that advanced to the AFC Championship game two seasons ago - eight starters on offense and eight on a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league. Jacksonville's 7-9 record during 2000 marked the team's first losing season since its inaugural year of 1995. In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have the best record in the NFL, a 45-21 mark that is tied with Minnesota and Denver. It's at home where the Jaguars dominate. Their 34-8 record is the third best in the league, behind only Green Bay and Denver. A win over the Browns would be Jacksonville's sixth straight at home, tying for the second-longest home winning streak in franchise history (set two other times). The club record is 13 straight home wins in 1996 and '97. TELEVISION BROADCAST: The Jaguars-Browns game will be televised regionally on CBS and locally on WJXT Channel 4, with Tim Brando calling the play-by-play and Spencer Tillman adding analysis.The Jaguars Pregame Show, with hosts Brian Sexton and Sam Kouvaris, airs live at 11:30 a.m. 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 (one hour 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. ON THE INTERNET: For breaking news, columns, feature stories, press releases, historical information, video highlights, rosters, depth charts and statistics, go to www. jaguars.com. Updated daily, the Jaguars' Official Web Site has been ranked among the 100 Best Sites in the World by PC Magazine. The site also features online ticket buying, new merchandise offerings and multimedia, including live video of Jaguars television shows and live radio broadcasts of games. THE OPPONENT: The Browns were formed in 1946 and won every championship in the four-year history of the All-American Football Conference. They entered the NFL in 1950 and won three more championships in the next six seasons, playing in the NFL title game every year. The Browns also won the 1964 NFL title, then lost the NFL championship three times in the next five years. In 1994, they advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1988 with a record of 11-5. Several days after the October 22, 1995 game against Jacksonville, Browns owner Art Modell announced that the team would move to Baltimore for the 1996 season. The new Cleveland Browns re-entered the league as an expansion franchise in 1999, and in their first two seasons back in the league they finished 2-14 and 3-13. Butch Davis was named head coach on January 30, 2001 and has directed the Browns to a 1-1 record so far. THE SERIES: The Browns and Jaguars have played six times, with Jacksonville having won all six games. In 1995, before the original Browns' franchise moved to Baltimore, the Jaguars swept the series, winning 23-15 in Cleveland and 24-21 in Jacksonville. In 1999, the Jaguars won 24-7 at home and 24-14 at Cleveland. Last season, the Jaguars won 27-7 in the season opener in Cleveland and 48-0 on December 3 in Jacksonville. THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars defeated the Cleveland Browns 48-0 on December 3, 2000 in the most dominating performance in franchise history. The victory was the Jaguars' third straight and fourth in 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. 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. A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE BROWNS WOULD: Give them a 3-0 record for the first time since 1998 and the third time ever, as well as their second undefeated September. It would also be their seventh straight win over the Browns against no losses. A win would also give the Jaguars a 37-18 record vs. the AFC Central, including a 22-7 mark at home. INJURY UPDATE: RB Fred Taylor suffered a groin injury against Tennessee and is expected to be out for at least three weeks. Three players missed the Titans game because of injuries: DE Tony Brackens (knee), RB Elvis Joseph (hamstring) and S Donovin Darius (hip). THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (58-40 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). Butch Davis came to the Browns from the University of Miami, where he rebuilt the Hurricanes' program. He capped Miami's rebirth by leading the Hurricanes to a 37-20 victory over Florida in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and a No. 2-ranking in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Davis has had success at both the pro and college level. As an assistant, he won two Super Bowl championships with the Dallas Cowboys (1992 and 1993) and a national championship at the University of Miami (1987). He boasts more than 20 years of coaching experience, the last six as the head coach at Miami, where he led the Hurricanes to a 51-20 record, including a 4-0 mark in bowl games. Davis spent six seasons (1989-1994) with the Cowboys, the last two seasons as the team's defensive coordinator. Davis' 1993 defense helped the Cowboys win their second consecutive Super Bowl and allowed one offensive touchdown or less in 12 of 16 games. He spent the previous four seasons as the team's defensive line coach. Davis played defensive end at Arkansas (1971-74). He spent five seasons (1984-88) as the defensive line coach for the University of Miami, including the Hurricanes' 1987 national championship team. Davis began coaching as an offensive assistant on Jimmy Johnson's Oklahoma State teams from 1979-1983. 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 third-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games and the fifth-best record in home games. JACKSONVILLE-CLEVELAND CONNECTIONS: Three former Jaguars are now with the Browns: LB Brant Boyer (1995-00), DT Mike Thompson, who is on I.R. (1995), and LB Anthony Denman was a Jaguars seventh-round draft pick this year who was waived during training camp. … Two former Browns are now Jaguars: WR Keenan McCardell (1992-95) and G/OT Steve Zahursky (1999-00) … Two Jaguars have ties with the state of Ohio: Steve Zahursky (Kent State, Euclid) and Joe Zelenka (Cleveland) … Jaguars defensive coordinator Gary Moeller was born in Lima. Moeller was a center and linebacker at Ohio State from 1960 to '62. He began his coaching career at Bellefontaine (Ohio) High School (1964-66). He was an assistant at Miami (Ohio) in 1967 … Assistant strength coach Greg Finnegan was born in Toledo … TE coach Fred Hoaglin was born in Alliance and played center for the Browns from 1966 to '72 … RB coach Jerald Ingram was born in Dayton … ILB coach Steve Szabo coached at Ohio State from 1979 to '81 ... Seven Browns have ties to North Florida: S Devin Bush (Florida State), DB Corey Fuller (Florida State, Tallahassee), DT Orpheus Roye (Florida State), Greg Spires (Florida State) and Gerard Warren (University of Florida, Radford) … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars DE Tony Brackens and Browns PK Phil Dawson at Texas; Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and Browns DT Gerard Warren at Florida; Jaguars S James Boyd and Browns DE Courtney Brown at Penn State; Jaguars S Marlon McCree and Browns QB Tim Couch at Kentucky; Jaguars QB Jonathan Quinn and Browns QB Kelly Holcomb at Middle Tennessee State; Jaguars S Delvin Brown and Browns RB James Jackson and WR Andre King at Miami (Fla.); Browns WR Kevin Johnson and C Dave Wohlabaugh and Jaguars OT Mark Baniewicz (I.R.) and SS Donovin Darius at Syracuse; Browns OT Roger Chanoine and Jaguars RB Stacey Mack at Temple; Jaguars CB Fernando Bryant and Browns LB Dwayne Rudd at Alabama; Jaguars G/OT Steve Zahursky and Browns TE O.J. Santiago at Kent State; Jaguars DT Gary Walker and Browns DT Mark Smith at Auburn; Jaguars WR/KR Damon Gibson and Browns OL Jeremy McKinney and OL Ross Verba at Iowa; Jaguars OT Maurice Williams and Browns TE Aaron Shea at Michigan; Jaguars FB Patrick Washington and Browns LB Wali Rainer at Virginia; and Jaguars DT Larry Smith and Browns DE Greg Spires and DT Orpheus Roye at Florida State. JAGUARS VS. BROWNS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Browns series: QB Mark Brunell - 6 games; 105 completions in 174 attempts, 60.3%, 1,281 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs; Rushing: 24-152 yards, 3 TDs. Is 6-0 as a starter vs. Cleveland. RB Fred Taylor - 2 games (missed 2 with injuries); 56 rushes for 317 yards, 4 TDs; 3 receptions for 19 yards, 2 100-yard games WR Jimmy Smith - 5 games; 28 receptions for 379 yards and 1 TD, 2 100-yard games WR Keenan McCardell - 4 games; 28 receptions for 333 yards and 1 TD, 1 100-yard game PK Mike Hollis - 6 games; 12 for 14 on FGAs and 16 of 17 on PATs, 52 points Browns QB Tim Couch - 3 games; 47 completions 66 attempts for 407 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Browns WR Kevin Johnson - 4 games; 12 receptions for 163 yards and 0 TDs LAST WEEK: The Jaguars' defense stepped to the forefront, holding the Tennessee Titans without a touchdown and stopping them on fourth down three times in the final six minutes of the game, as Jacksonville won 13-6 and went to 2-0 for the season. The Jacksonville defense has yet to allow a touchdown this season, and two of the fourth-down stops of the Titans were inside the red zone, as Tennessee tried in vain to tie the game. Stacey Mack stepped in for an injured Fred Taylor and rushed for 80 yards and the game's only touchdown, and Mike Hollis kicked two field goals for the Jaguars. Taylor suffered a groin injury in the second quarter, and Mack - who had one more yard rushing than Tennessee's Eddie George - scored on his first series after replacing Taylor. George rushed for 79 yards, but he gained only three of them in the second half after the Jaguars' defense stiffened. In addition to the fourth-down stops, Tennessee converted only 1 of 14 third-down opportunities. Mark Brunell passed for 235 yards and Jimmy Smith caught seven passes for 87 yards to complement Mack's running. But the Jacksonville defense was the star of the day, holding the Titans to 264 yards, their fewest against the Jaguars in the last five games. NOTES FROM THE TITANS GAME: The Jaguars won at home for the fifth consecutive game and defeated the Titans for the second straight time, following four straight losses in 1999 and 2000. … The Jaguars held an opponent without a touchdown for the second consecutive game, marking the second time that has been accomplished (first time in 1999 in back-to-back road games at Pittsburgh and the New York Jets). … The Jaguars had more first downs (16 to 13), more total yards (329 to 264) and more time of possession (30:13 to 29:47). … The Jaguars converted only 2 of 12 third downs (17 percent). … The Jaguars held the Titans to one third-down conversion on 14 attempts. The 7 percent conversion rate was second-lowest ever for the Jaguars (lowest: 0 for 12 on 12/3/00 vs. Cleveland). … The Jaguars had two turnovers and no takeaways, putting them at plus-two for the season. … Mark Brunell completed 17 of 27 passes for 235 yards, no TDs and no interceptions. His team-record streak of 10 straight games with at least one TD pass dating back to October 22, 2000 was broken. … Fred Taylor rushed 6 times for 20 yards. … Keenan McCardell caught 4 passes for 49 yards, extending his team-best streak to 35 straight games with at least one reception. … Smith broke Bryan Barker's team record when he played in his 97th game, the most of any player in franchise history. … SLB Kevin Hardy made his 51st consecutive start, extending his team record. … MLB Hardy Nickerson and WLB T.J. Slaughter shared the team lead with 12 tackles each, followed by SLB Kevin Hardy with 11 tackles. … The Jaguars had four sacks, a career-high two by DE Renaldo Wynn and solo sacks by DTs Gary Walker and Seth Payne. The Jaguars have had three or more sacks in six straight games. … Chris Hanson punted five times for a 48.0-yard average, with no touchbacks, none inside the 20 and a long of 52. … Every player who dressed played except QB Jonathan Quinn and RB Frank Moreau. The inactive players were: S Donovin Darius, RB Elvis Joseph, LB Eric Westmoreland, G/OT Gannon Shepherd, G/OT Steve Zahursky, WR Randal Williams, DE Tony Brackens and QB Phil Stambaugh (third QB). … Jaguars captains were OT Tony Boselli, WR Jimmy Smith, MLB Hardy Nickerson and LB Danny Clark. … The attendance was 65,994. FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE TITANS GAME: "Both teams played outstanding football. I'm talking about extremely physical hard-nosed tough football. The AFC Central Division is just a battle. It's hard to make a first down in these games." (on the defense) "I was very proud of the way our defense played. Our defense was superb. Three straight fourth down-and-outs, two of them are breathing on the goalline. The way our defense rallied and played is very inspirational. We stopped the run. We did a good job on the weakside off-tackle play, that they had experienced good success with in the first half and we shut it down (in the second half). Three times in a row I don't think they gained a yard. They ran at our right side in Tennessee a year ago, they came in today and went right at that side again. Today we were able to do some things in the second half to control that guy (Eddie George)." (on what Gary Moeller has brought to the defense) "Physical toughness. People have responded and gotten really aggressive, and they're playing really hard. That's what we're getting right now. Those guys are playing hard. The intensity level on both sides of the ball was intense today. The effort continues to be outstanding. I tell them if they'll make a great effort, we'll be fine." (on players stepping up after replacing injured players) "That's what has to happen if you're to win at this level. You have to be able to do that. People have to come in, know their role and be prepared to play and execute without missing a beat. And that did happen for us today. (Stacey) Mack played well. (Paul) Spicer continues to play well. We had four sacks in the game, which really contributed strongly. Down the stretch, Renaldo Wynn's sack was just unbelievable at that point in time." (on Stacey Mack) "He ran tough. We had the one drive which was huge, and he was difficult to tackle on the first drive. He made some tough yardage in that second half. But we probably could have made a little more. I was really disappointed in that one 3rd-and-1 we didn't make. I thought we had enough there to get the first down. Stacey came in. He knew his role and did a good job. It was tough duty against a great defense." FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: (on what he thought when Fred Taylor was injured) "My first thought is that we're in trouble. He's our best player on offense, and when he goes down we lose a big weapon and the ability to run the football. But Stacey Mack comes in there, a guy who doesn't get a lot of reps during the week and a lot of pressure is thrown on him in one play, and he responded. He came in and played great. He did everything we asked him to do. He was very impressive. If anyone should get a game ball, it's Stacey Mack for the way he came in and ran that touchdown. He really boosted our team. (on the significance of the win) "You know our history. Because of that, it's nice to beat the Titans, whether it's here or there. It's a good win for our team. It's our second game, the first two being very difficult, very physical games. We knew it would be like this. You play the Titans, it's going to be very physical. It's not going to be pretty and it's going to come down to the end. That always happens. We had a great week of practice, and it doesn't take a lot to get up for the Titans because of our history. There wasn't going to be a letdown. There just wasn't going to be. Guys were ready to go." FROM CB FERNANDO BRYANT (on the defense) "The front seven is playing great right now. People are a little more confident. I think the scheme is adjusting to us more than we're adjusting to the scheme. We're finding out what one another can do and as our defensive coordinator (Gary Moeller) finds out what we can do, he can play around with it a little bit." FROM MLB HARDY NICKERSON: (on big plays by the defense) "We've got to come up with plays like that, the big stops, consistently game in and game out. I think we're developing what it takes to stop people and control the football game." (on the 2-0 start) "It feels good, but we've got a long way to go. We're going to keep working hard and get ready for our next opponent." (on the linebacking corps) "The scheme is aligned for us to be more active. I think we complement each other really well. We have guys who can cover and guys who can rush. We can send different guys at you from the linebackers. We've got some guys who have a lot of heart and who play extremely hard. When you play against our linebacking corps, you have to come with it. You have to strap it on, because we come to play." FROM RB STACEY MACK: (on his touchdown run) "It was just great blocking. It opened up like nothing I've seen before. I bounced it out and saw a lane and just hit it." (on replacing Fred Taylor) "I'm ready. This is why I work hard in the offseason. Hopefully, we'll get Freddie T. back and ready to roll next week and I'll be waiting in the back for another opportunity." MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is RB Stacey Mack, who replaced an injured Fred Taylor and rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 18 carries. He scored the game's only touchdown on a 22-yard run on his first series of the game. His 80 yards was a career high, breaking his previous mark of 74 yards in the 2000 season opener at Cleveland. His 22-yard TD run was also the longest of his career and his second NFL touchdown. NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will make their first trip to the West coast since 1997, when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Sunday, October 7 at Husky Stadium at the University of Washington. The two teams have played three times, every one in Jacksonville, with Seattle holding a 2-1 lead in the series. The Seahawks won 47-30 in 1995, the Jaguars won 20-13 in 1996 and the Seahawks won 28-21 last November 12. This will be the Jaguars' final game before their bye on October 14. ABOUT THAT DEFENSE: The Jaguars have not allowed a touchdown so far this season, having given up only three field goals in two games. They are the only NFL team that has played two games that hasn't allowed a touchdown. Only one other time in franchise history have the Jaguars gone two straight games without allowing a touchdown, in early October 1999 when they won 17-3 at Pittsburgh and 16-6 at the New York Jets. The fewest points the Jaguars have ever allowed in a three-game span is 16 in 1999, when they let up a single touchdown to Cleveland following the above two-game streak. THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' record is the best in the NFL, tied with the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos. The Jaguars have won 45 of their last 66 regular-season games (they also won their final five games in 1996). JAGUARS HAVE THIRD-BEST HOME RECORD AND BEST ROAD RECORD SINCE 1996: The Jaguars went 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium from 1996 to '99 and are 2-0 this season, giving them a 34-8 record for the third-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars are tied with the 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 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 6,445 yards on the ground, the fourth 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. 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. Lifetime, McCardell has a total of 491 career receptions, while Smith has 487. ... 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 eighth. 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's career totals of 472 receptions for 6,887 yards are more than six of 17 receivers already inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has been a starter for only the last four-and-a-half seasons.
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 set an NFL record on November 12, 2000 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.
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). In 2001, Hollis is 2 for 4, giving him a career accuracy mark of 82.38.
HOLLIS IS MOST ACCURATE 50-YARD KICKER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has connected on 10 of his 13 field goals over 50 yards in his six-year career, and his .769 percentage is the best among the NFL's active placekickers.
BRUNELL HAS SIXTH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the sixth-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins). Also, in the last six seasons, Brunell has the most victories (49) of any quarterback other than Green Bay's Brett Favre.
(regular season only, minimum 20 wins)
QUARTERBACK, TEAM W L T PCT.
Kurt Warner, St. Louis 23 6 0 .793
Doug Flutie, San Diego 32 14 0 .696 Brett Favre, Green Bay * 92 50 0 .648 Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay 33 18 0 .647 Steve McNair, Tennessee 41 24 0 .631 Mark Brunell, Jacksonville 53 33 0 .616 Randall Cunningham, Baltimore 80 52 1 .605 Elvis Grbac, Baltimore 33 25 0 .569 Rich Gannon, Oakland 52 40 0 .565 * Played on Monday night
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 32-14 (.696) 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 32-14-0 .696 Steve McNair 23-11-0 .676 Brett Favre 48-24-0 .667 Randall Cunningham 42-25-1 .625
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 109 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 17 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (32), Keenan McCardell (21), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Kyle Brady (3), Andre Rison (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1) and R. Jay Soward (1).
STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 53-33 as a starter in regular-season games, 57-37 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 79 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 691 points in his seven years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 32 completed passes in 2001, 21 have been to wide receivers, 7 to tight ends and 4 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 0 for 1 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 2 for 7. … The Jaguars have had 2 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. … On 6 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 2 TDs and 1 FG (and 3 drives with no points). Their opponents have had 4 trip inside the red zone and have come away with just one field goal. … Jaguars opponents have begun 2 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on none of those drives. The Jaguars have begun 5 possessions inside their own 20 and have not scored. … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 7 points, while their opponents have scored 3 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … In seven seasons, the Jaguars are 13 for 19 on two-point conversions (0 for 0 in 2001), while their opponents are 5 for 19 (0 for 0 in 2001). … In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 14-11 in September, 12-13 in October, 16-7 in November, 14-9 in December and 1-0 in January. … In 2001, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second (28-6) and third quarters (3-0) and are tied in the first quarter (3-3). There have been no scores in the fourth quarter through two games. The average age of the 53-man roster as of September 24 is 25.44 years old. There were 26 players 25 or younger, 22 players between 26 and 29 years old, and five players 30 or older. The youngest player is S Delvin Brown (22 years); the oldest player is MLB Hardy Nickerson (36 years). … There are nine 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 S Delvin Brown, FB Patrick Washington, WR Randal Williams and RB Elvis Joseph (two other draft picks are on the practice squad). … More than half of the players (36) have four years or less of NFL experience, and five players are in their eighth season or more. … There are 18 players who are new to the team, and 35 who were with the team before the 2001 season. In addition to the nine rookies, the other nine new players are: WR Sean Dawkins, WR Damon Gibson, P Chris Hanson and Joe Zelenka (veteran free agents); MLB Joseph Tuipala, (first-year free agent) and S Ainsley Battles, RB Frank Moreau, QB Phil Stambaugh and G/OT Steve Zahursky (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) and DT Marcus Stroud (2001, Jaguars), as well as WR R. Jay Soward (2000, Jaguars, on reserve/suspended list). WR Jimmy Smith has played in 97 of the 98 games in Jaguars history, and PK Mile Hollis is second with 94 games. … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WLB Kevin Hardy (team-record 51), followed by OT Tony Boselli (37). … Four players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (196), WR Sean Dawkins (126), WR Keenan McCardell (118) and WR Jimmy Smith (104). … Nickerson leads with 173 career starts, followed by Dawkins (106). … OT Tony Boselli has started 89 games for the Jaguars, followed by QB Mark Brunell (86), WR Keenan McCardell (79) and WR Jimmy Smith and LB Kevin Hardy (76).