THIS WEEK: Something has to give when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Diego Chargers at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium. Both teams are 0-4 and looking for their first victory of the 2003 season, and it will be the first game ever between the two franchises. The Jaguars — still seeking their first victory under new head coach Jack Del Rio — will try to rebound from a 24-20 loss to the Houston Texans on the final play of the game last Sunday. The Jaguars are 0-4 after losses to Carolina, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Houston, who have a combined record of 11-4. Two of those losses were in the final seconds of the game — Carolina scored its winning touchdown with 18 seconds to play (and then the Jaguars missed a last-second field goal), and Houston scored a TD with no time left on the clock. The Chargers lost in overtime last Sunday 34-31 to the Oakland Raiders.
The Jaguars are off to their first 0-4 start since their inaugural season and are trying to avoid the first 0-5 start in franchise history. In 1995, their inaugural season, the Jaguars lost their first four games, then won two in a row. The Jaguars are also trying to end a six-game losing streak dating back to last season. The Jaguars played three of their first four games on the road, and now the team will not leave home in October, with three games at ALLTEL Stadium surrounding their open date on October 19. The Jaguars are 40-25 at home in the regular season and 28-39 on the road.
"We're going to continue to hang together and fight and get better," said head coach Jack Del Rio. "My message to the team is very simple: I have a plan, we will get better and we will win. We have to stick together and keep fighting. We just don't have anything to show for it yet."
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are still available. Fans can call 1-877-4-JAGS-TIX or (904) 633-2000 or buy tickets online at jaguars.com.
JAGUARS ON THE AIR THIS WEEK:
Monday — Jaguars Reporters, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Brian Sexton, Vic Ketchman
Monday — The Jack Del Rio Show, 7:30 p.m., WTEV Ch. 47
Tuesday — The Jack Del Rio Show, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio
Wednesday — Jaguars This Week, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio
Thursday — THE Jaguars Show, 10:30 p.m., WAWS Ch. 30
Saturday — Jaguars Weekend, 7:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m,, WTEV Ch. 47
THE OPPONENT:The San Diego Chargers are a charter member of the American Football League, having begun play in 1960 as the Los Angeles Chargers. They lost the AFL championship game that year, then moved to San Diego in 1961 and lost again in the title game. In 1963, the Chargers won their only championship in a 51-10 rout of the Boston Patriots, and then they lost the next two AFL title games. San Diego didn't make the playoffs the next 13 years, then under head coach Don Coryell they developed the most exciting passing attack in the NFL. They qualified for the playoffs four straight seasons but lost twice in the AFC Championship game. From 1983 to '93, the Chargers made the playoffs only once. In 1994, they won the AFC Championship but were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. They have played in the postseason just once in the last eight seasons. In 2002, the Chargers finished 8-8 and tied for third place in the AFC West Division.
THE SERIES:This will be the first game between the Jaguars and Chargers, who are the only NFL team the Jaguars have not faced in their nine seasons.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE CHARGERS WOULD: Be their first victory of the season and end a six-game losing streak dating back to last season. It would give them a 1-4 record in 2003 and be their first victory under new head coach Jack Del Rio.
INJURY UPDATE:There were no major injuries in the Houston game. Missing the game because of injuries were: QB Mark Brunell (elbow), LB Keith Mitchell (neck), CB Kiwaukee Thomas (groin), LB Eric Westmoreland (knee), LB Shannon Taylor (calf) and WR Micah Ross (ankle). The status of all injured players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES:Jack Del Rio was named Jaguars head coach on January 17, 2003, becoming the second head coach in Jaguars' history. At 40, Del Rio is the second youngest head coach in the NFL (four months older than Jon Gruden). Del Rio spent 11 years as an NFL linebacker and had a standout college career at the University of Southern California. He previously coached in New Orleans (1997-98), Baltimore (1999-2001), and Carolina (2002). He was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, and in his only season with the club the defense improved from 31st in the NFL to second, the biggest one season defensive improvement in NFL history. Del Rio was the linebackers coach for three seasons in Baltimore, where the Ravens' defense also ranked second each season. He helped the team win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants and coached the Ravens' talented linebackers, overseeing the development of Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper and Ray Lewis, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. Prior to coaching, Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL, with New Orleans (1985-86), Kansas City (1987-88), Dallas (1989-1991) and Minnesota (1992-95), playing in the Pro Bowl following the 1994 season. Del Rio was a starter at linebacker for Southern California (1981-84), where he earned All-America honors, was a runner-up for the Lombardi Award and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. Del Rio has learned from some of the best coaches in all of football. He was recruited to USC and played for John Robinson, and in the NFL he played under Bum Phillips, Jim Mora, Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Green. As an assistant coach, he has worked for Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and Super Bowl winner Brian Billick, as well as John Fox. Drafted by baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, Del Rio batted .340 while playing catcher on USC's baseball team in 1983 and 1984 with future stars Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire. He was a third-round choice by the New Orleans Saints in 1985 and was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team.
Marty Schottenheimer, one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, posted an 8-8 record in his first season with San Diego in 2002, a three-game improvement for the Chargers from the previous season. Schottenheimer is ninth on the NFL's all-time list with 161 regular-season victories. In 16 full seasons as an NFL head coach, he has led his teams to 12 winning seasons. Schottenheimer has posted a career record of 166-116-1 during his head coaching career that includes stops with the Cleveland Browns (1984-88), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-1998) and Washington Redskins (2001). During that span, Schottenheimer's teams have notched 11 playoff appearances, including three trips to the AFC Championship game. In 2001, Schottenheimer's Redskins rebounded from a disastrous 0-5 start to finish 8-8. Schottenheimer was an All-America linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh (1962-64) and seventh-round draft pick of Buffalo (1965). He played with the Bills (1965-68) and Boston Patriots (1969-1970). Schottenheimer was an assistant with the Portland Storm of the World Football League (1974), New York Giants (1975-77), Detroit Lions (1978-79) and the Browns (1980-84), before being elevated to the head-coaching position nine games into the 1984 season.
JACKSONVILLE-SAN DIEGO CONNECTIONS: Chargers director of pro scouting Fran Foley spent nine years with the Jaguars, the last four as the director of pro personnel and the five before that as the assistant director of pro personnel . … Chargers with north Florida ties include: WR Reche Caldwell (Tampa, University of Florida) and CB Frayton Florence(Ocala) … Jaguars with ties to southern California include: WR J.J. Stokes (from San Diego) and LB Joe Tuipala (San Diego State) … Jaguars LB coach Mike Haluchak held the same position with the Chargers from 1986 to '1991 and coached with Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with the Washington Redskins from 1994 to '96 … Jaguars assistant head coach Steve Shafer coached defensive backs at San Diego State from 1975 to '82 and served as defensive coordinator at SDSU in 1995 … Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith was a part-time assistant coach and LB coach at San Diego State from 1982 to '85 … College teammares include: Jaguars RB/KR David Allen and Chargers LB Ben Leber and OT Damion McIntosh at Kansas State; Jaguars DT John Henderson and LB Eric Westmoreland with Chargers WR Erick Parker and DE Omari Hand (practice squad) at Tennessee; Jaguars WR J.J. Stokes and Chargers LB Donnie Edwards and OT Vaughn Parker at UCLA; and Jaguars LB Akin Ayodele and Chargers QB Drew Brees at Purdue.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost their fourth game of the season 24-20 to the Houston Texans, when David Carr scored from one foot out on the final play of the game. The Jaguars took a 20-17 lead in the third quarter and took over the ball on an interception with 4:24 to play. However rookie QB Byron Leftwich, making his first start for an injured Mark Brunell, fumbled on a naked bootleg and the Texans drove 41 yards in the final 2:42 for the winning score. Leftwich completed 17 of 36 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown. But he was intercepted three times and lost the costly fumble, as the Jaguars dropped to 0-4 for the season. Leftwich's TD pass was an 84-yarder to Troy Edwards for the longest play from scrimmage in Jaguars history. Fred Taylor scored his first touchdown of the year and Seth Marler kicked two field goals for the rest of Jacksonville's scoring. Despite the Jaguars' five turnovers, they managed to accumulate a season-high 342 yards, and they forced four Houston turnovers. On Houston's game-winning drive, the Texans drove to the Jaguars' four-yard line with 29 seconds remaining. The Jaguars held for six plays (including three penalties) before Houston coach Dom Capers decided to go for the touchdown on the final play, rather than kick a field goal that would send the game into overtime.
NOTES FROM THE TEXANS GAME: The Jaguars lost their third road game of the season. It was their final road game until November 2, when they will play at Baltimore. … The Jaguars had fewer first downs (15 to 21), less time of possession (24:46 to 35:14) but more yards (342 to 339). Jacksonville had the ball for only 11:16 in the second half (only 17:41 total in the second half of the last two games). … The Jaguars had five turnovers and four takeaways, putting them at even for the season. Their five turnovers were the most since 10/8/00 vs. Baltimore (six). … Their 342 yards on offense were their most since 9/29/02 vs. the N.Y. Jets, and their 263 net yards passing were their second most in the last 25 games. … The Jaguars did not allow a sack for the sixth time ever and the first time since 9/15/02 at Kansas City. … The Texans gained 110 yards on the ground but were held to a 3.0-average per carry. Jacksonville has the AFC's best defensive rush average, allowing only 2.8 yards per carry. … The Jaguars scored on their opening drive for the first time since 12/15/02 at Cincinnati. … Byron Leftwich became the ninth player to start at quarterback for the Jaguars. His three interceptions were the first ones thrown by the Jaguars all year (eight games, including preseason). He had a passer rating of 42.7. … There have been 21 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 1990 who started games as a rookie, and they had a combined record of 7-14 in their first starts (including Leftwich). Three other first-rounders started their first game in their second or third season and went 2-1. Leftwich's 262 yards passing was the third most of the 24 first-rounders in their first start. … Fred Taylor led the team with 67 yards rushing on 19 carries, and he scored his first touchdown of the season. … Taylor and Marc Edwards led the team with four catches each. Troy Edwards had a game-high 111 yards receiving on three receptions only four days after being signed by the Jaguars. It was the first 100-yard game for the former Steelers and Rams receiver. His 84-yard hookup with Leftwich was the longest reception and longest play from scrimmage in Jaguars history (previous: 79 from Mark Brunell to Patrick Johnson on 9/15/02 at Kansas City). … RB LaBrandon Toefield completed a 32-yard pass to Marc Edwards that marked the first pass thrown by an offensive player other than a quarterback in team history. … Chris Hanson punted four times for a 43.5-yard average, with no touchbacks, one inside the 20, and a long of 56. He had two kicks returned for 49 yards and a net average of 31.3. … The Jaguars had only sack, by DT Marcus Stroud (first of the year)). … SS Donovin Darius led the team with 12 tackles (5 solo), followed by MLB Mike Peterson with 11 tackles (5 solo). … CBs Fernando Bryant and Jason Craft both made their first interception of the season. … Every player who dressed saw action except QB David Garrard and G/OT Leander Jordan. The inactive players were: CB Kiwaukee Thomas, LB Eric Westmoreland, LB Shannon Taylor, LB Keith Mitchell, OT/G Sammy Williams, OL Marques Ogden, WR Micah Ross and QB Mark Brunell (third QB). … Jaguars captains were: G Chris Naeole, S Donovin Darius and P Chris Hanson.
FROM COACH JACK DEL RIO ON THE TEXANS GAME: "In this league it comes down to the end and which team is going to make a play and win the game. They were able to come up with the key moment and help their team to victory. It's frustrating and difficult, but we're going to continue to hang together and fight and get better. My message to the team is very simple. I have a plan, and we will win. We have to stick together and keep fighting. We just don't have anything to show for it yet. But we're making the kind of commitment we need to make to be a good football team."
(on Byron Leftwich's performance) "I think the biggest thing quarterbacks are judged on is wins and losses, and we didn't win the game. He showed the things today, the kind of poise, decision-making and arm strength that got us excited enough to draft him where we did. I think he'll have a great career. Today didn't end the way he would have liked it to end, but he did some good things for us; it just wasn't enough."
(on Leftwich's fumble) "Never make that mistake again. We had the first down. We're going to run out the clock. The game's going to be over. He'll learn from that and won't make that mistake in the future and he'll be better."
(on the performance of the offensive line) "The offensive line has been solid all year and I have maintained that from Day One. They made a commitment to each other and to this team in the offseason. Not one of them missed a day of camp, and they have been the most complete and consistent group on the team so far this year. They need to continue the good work."
(on the defensive effort during the final drive) "The effort was outstanding. It continues to be the kind of effort we need; we're just not getting any gratification for the effort. That's the hardest thing. We'd like to have some positive results for the effort, but that didn't come. That's what we have to deal with, but I believe this team will continue to get better throughout the course of the year."
FROM QB BYRON LEFTWICH:(on his first start) "It could have been a whole lot better, with the expectations I had for myself. We did everything you can ask for to win the game. We hung in the game. It just came down to that mistake (fumble) at the end of the game. Some people might look at it as a learning process, but I can do better than that. It is just one of those things. We are going to hold our heads up, and we are going to keep fighting."
(on the fourth quarter fumble) "Once I made the guy miss, I was going for the first down marker. I knew I could run, so I had to stay in bounds and make sure I got the first down. It doesn't really matter, I just have to do a better job at securing the ball."
(on the offensive performance) "We did a lot of good things, and we have to watch the film on Monday. I really believe we did a lot of good things out there. We just fell a little short. Sometimes those things happen, but you just have to keep fighting. We haven't been catching many breaks, but sometimes you have to go out there and make your own breaks. That's the game of football."
FROM RB FRED TAYLOR: "We came out looking for a win, and obviously that didn't happen. We made too many mistakes, too many turnovers, and it cost us the game. We'll just try to keep everybody together, and keep on grinding away until we get a win. We've played only four games, so the season is still young."
(on Byron Leftwich) "I think he did a pretty good job. He was in the huddle leading us and he had a great sense of urgency. He'll be one of the great ones you always hear about and read about. He showed a lot of poise and a lot of leadership. He was always trying to make something happen. He'll continue to get better."
(on what's next) "Keep fighting. This one hurt. But our motto is keep chopping wood; keep plugging away. We're not going to go 0-16. We're going to win some games. We're an OK team right now. As soon as we stop making as many mistakes, stop turning the ball over, then we'll be a good team. We just have to keep grinding away. By no means are we going to quit."
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will remain at home, as they host the Miami Dolphins at 1:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 12 at ALLTEL Stadium. It will be only the second meeting between the two teams in the regular season. The Jaguars defeated the Dolphins 28-21 on October 12, 1998 on "Monday Night Football." The Jaguars also defeated the Dolphins 62-7 in a Divisional Playoff game on December 15, 2000. This season, the Dolphins are 2-1 and in first place in the AFC East Division. It will be the Jaguars' final game before they have their bye weekend on October 19.
QUARTERBACKS IN THEIR FIRST START AS A JAGUAR: Here's a recap of the first start of the nine players who have started at quarterback for the Jaguars since 1995.
Steve Beuerlein, September 3, 1995 vs. Houston Oilers — Led Jaguars to a competitive 10-3 loss in their first game ever. Completed 7 of 17 passes for 54 yards.
Mark Brunell, September 17, 1995 at New York Jets — Starting for an injured Beuerlein on his 25th birthday, completed 15 of 33 passes for 138 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in a 27-10 loss.
Rob Johnson, August 31, 1997 at Baltimore Ravens — In his only start for the Jaguars, Johnson completed 20 of 24 passes for 294 yards and 2 TDs and also ran for a touchdown, as the Jaguars won their season opener 28-27. His 83.3 completion percentage was the best ever for a quarterback making his first start since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. A year later, he was traded to Buffalo for first-and fourth-round draft picks (the former used to obtain RB Fred Taylor).
Steve Matthews, September 7, 1997 vs. N.Y. Giants — A week after Johnson replaced Brunell, Matthews took over for an injured Johnson and led the Jaguars to a 40-13 victory, at the time the most points ever scored by a Jacksonville team. In his only NFL start ever, Matthews completed 23 of 35 passes for 252 yards. A year later, he was out of football.
Jamie Martin, December 13, 1998 vs. Tennessee Titans — The previous week, Martin took over for an injured Brunell (who was hurt on the first series) and led the team to a win over Detroit. In his only start as a Jaguar, Martin led the team to a 10-10 tie but was injured just before halftime on a scramble and lost for the season. For the game, he was 6 of 11 for 71 yards, and Jacksonville lost to Tennessee 16-13. Martin played for Cleveland in 1999, then returned to Jacksonville for one season in 2000.
Jonathan Quinn, December 20, 1998 at Minnesota Vikings — A fourth-round draft choice, he had the most difficult start of any Jaguars player. The team clinched the AFC Central championship during the afternoon, then was soundly defeated by the Vikings that night 50-10. Quinn was under pressure all game, completing 12 of 27 passes for 88 yards. Quinn was a Jaguars backup for four seasons; his only other start was a week later, a victory over Pittsburgh on "Monday Night Football."
Jay Fiedler, January 2, 2000 vs. Cincinnati Bengals — Fiedler started the 1999 season finale for an injured Brunell and completed 28 of 39 passes for 317 yards and one TD — the only 300-yard game for a first-time Jaguars starter — as the Jaguars won 24-7 to finish the regular season 14-2. The next year he signed with Miami and has started for the Dolphins ever since.
David Garrard, December 29, 2002 at Indianapolis Colts — Started the season finale for an injured Brunell and completed 13 of 26 for 135 yards and ran for 44 yards in a 20-13 loss to the Colts. The game would mark Tom Coughlin's last as the team's head coach.
Byron Leftwich, September 28, 2003 at Houston Texans. Taking over for an injured Mark Brunell, Leftwich completed 17 of 36 passes for 231 yards, one TD and three interceptions. He led the Jaguars to a 20-17 lead late in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars lost on the final play of the game.
THE EUROPEAN CONNECTION: Two Jaguars players who spent the spring playing in the NFL Europe League are already making their presence felt.
WR Matthew Hatchette, who led the NFL Europe League in receptions in the spring, is the Jaguars' top wide receiver through three games, with 12 catches for 142 yards and a team-high two touchdowns.
KR David Allen, who was the NFLEL's Special Teams Player of the Year in the spring (breaking the league's kickoff return yardage record with 915 yards), has played in the last two games and is second in the AFC with a 30.0-yard average on kickoff returns. He set up the team's only touchdown at Indianapolis with a 61-yard return.
BRADY RANKS NO. 5 AMONG TIGHT ENDS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' Kyle Brady has the fifth most receptions of active tight ends.
DOUGLAS IS EIGHTH-LEADING ACTIVE SACKER:Jaguars DE Hugh Douglas ranks eighth among active players in sacks.
TAYLOR HAS SEVENTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FIVE YEARS: Despite missing 24 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the seventh-most touchdowns over the last six seasons among active players.
MORE TOUCHDOWNS THAN INTERCEPTIONS: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the fifth best ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions in NFL history. Brunell has 144 TD passes and only 86 interceptions (none this season).
JAGUARS IN THE COMMUNITY: Each Tuesday during the NFL season, Jaguars players are involved in the community making visits to schools and other non-profit agencies. Here are some visits for this week:
Tuesday, September 30
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. WR Micah Ross will visit Sally B. Mathis Elementary school to read to students as part of its Celebrity Readers program.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. OL Marques Ogden will read to a group of special education students at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. DE Paul Spicer will give a motivational speech to a group of at-risk youth at Gateway Community Services, Inc.
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. P Chris Hanson and TE/LS Joe Zelenka will spend time with special education students at Sheffield Elementary School.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. DB James Trapp will attend a school-wide assembly at Callahan Middle School and give a motivational speech to the students.
Thursday, October 2
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. LB Akin Ayodele will meet fans and sign autographs at Winn-Dixie in the Cedar Hills Shopping Center located at 3538 Blanding Blvd.
Friday, October 3
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. DBs Jason Craft and Rashean Mathis will meet fans and sign autographs at Winn-Dixie in the Cedar Hills Shopping Center located at 3538 Blanding Blvd.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 18th in the NFL in total offense (17th rushing, 18th passing), and they are 16th in defense (7th rushing and 19th passing). The Jaguars are even on the turnover table, tied for seventh in the AFC. … The Jaguars are tied for sixth in the AFC with a 55.6 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (5 of 9). … QB Mark Brunell is fourth in the AFC in passing with a 89.7 passer rating. … WR Matthew Hatchette is tied for 11th in the AFC among non-kickers with 12 points (2 TDs). … PK Seth Marler is tied for seventh in the AFC with 25 points (7 of 7 PATS, 6 of 10 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor ranks fifth in the AFC with 335 rushing yards and is tied for 15th in the AFC with 17 receptions. He ranks fifth in the conference with 434 yards from scrimmage. … Chris Hanson is fourth in the AFC with a 43.8 gross punting average. … David Allen is second in the AFC with a 30.0 average on kickoff returns, and LaBrandon Toefield is ninth with a 22.9 average on kickoff returns.
STATS AND SUCH: A total of 19 players have started every game this season (9 on offense and 10 on defense): WR Matthew Hatchette, OTs Mike Pearson and Maurice Williams, Gs Vince Manuwai and Chris Naeole, C Brad Meester, TE Kyle Brady, RB Fred Taylor, FB Marc Edwards, DEs Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, LBs Mike Peterson and Akin Ayodele, CBs Fernando Bryant and Jason Craft, and Ss Donovin Darius and Rashean Mathis.
The Jaguars have had five plays of 30 or more yards in 2003. They had only 16 plays of 30-plus yards in 2002, 11 in 2001, 26 in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. The Jaguars have allowed four 30-plus plays this season… Of the Jaguars' 83 completed passes, 40 have been to wide receivers, 12 to tight ends and 31 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 4 for 5 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 3 for 4. … On nine drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored five touchdowns and three field goals. Their opponents have had 11 trips inside the red zone and have come away with eight touchdowns and three field goal. … Jaguars opponents have begun five possessions inside their own 20 and scored on one of those drives (TD), while the Jaguars have begun 11 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on two of those drives (2 TDs). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars are 17 for 27 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2003), while their opponents are 7 for 25 (0 for 2 in 2003). … In nine seasons, here is the Jaguars' record in each month: 1-0 in August, 16-17 in September, 13-19 in October, 19-12 in November, 18-15 in December and 1-1 in January. … In 2003, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second quarter (31-14), and have been outscored in the first quarter (3-21), third quarter (16-41) and fourth quarter (23-33). … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 10 points, while their opponents scored 13 points off Jaguars' turnovers. …
Mark Brunell is 63-54 in 117 regular-season starts, 67-58 overall. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 127 of the 132 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (96). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (52), followed by TE Kyle Brady (50). … Eight players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: CB James Trapp (146), WR Jimmy Smith (134), TE Kyle Brady (128), QB Mark Brunell (122), WR J.J. Stokes (115), DE Hugh Douglas (110), WR/KR Jermaine Lewis (102) and FB Marc Edwards (100). … Brady leads with 122 career starts, followed by Brunell (117) and Smith (106).