Sunday, November 4, 2001, 1:00 p.m. EST
Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tenn.
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to Nashville to face the rival Tennessee Titans on Sunday, as they try to end a four-game losing streak. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. EST at Adelphia Coliseum.
The Jaguars are 2-4, having lost four straight games following two season-opening wins (one of them against the Titans). They have lost four consecutive games only three other times in franchise history (twice in their first season). The game is the Jaguars' second of five straight against AFC Central rivals and only their third road trip of the season. The Jaguars are alone in last place in the AFC Central Division, the first time that has happened since the fourth week of the 1996 season.
The Jaguars are coming off a hard-fought 18-17 loss at Baltimore to the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Even though the defense allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the offense had its biggest yardage production of the season, 365 yards. The Jacksonville defense has allowed the fourth-fewest points in the NFL, however, the offense is still having trouble scoring points. In six games, the offense hasn't scored more than 21 points in a game and the team's 90 points is its fewest after six games since 1995, when they scored 81 points.
The Jaguars have the second-best road record in the NFL dating back to the 1996 season, a 20-16 mark that is half a game behind the Tennessee Titans (21-16 entering Monday night).
TELEVISION BROADCAST: The Jaguars-Titans game will be televised regionally on CBS and locally on WJXT Channel 4, with Ian Eagle calling the play-by-play and Solomon Wilcots adding analysis. The Jaguars Pregame Show, with hosts Brian Sexton and Sam Kouvaris, airs live at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WJXT Channel 4.
RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM), WBWL (600 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network. Brian Sexton calls the play-by-play and former NFL quarterback Matt Robinson adds analysis, with Sam Kouvaris serving as field reporter. Sexton and Robinson are in their seventh season together. Robinson, Vic Ketchman and Cole Pepper handle the pre-game show (three hours before kickoff on all three stations), and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 19 affiliates in three states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.
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THE OPPONENT: The Tennessee Titans appeared in the AFC Championship game in 1999, advancing to the Super Bowl after beating Jacksonville, and lost to Baltimore in the Divisional Playoffs last year. Formerly the Houston Oilers, they were a charter member of the American Football League, starting play in 1960. They won the first two AFL championships behind the passing of George Blanda to Charlie Hennigan, then lost the 1962 AFL title game. Behind the running of future Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, the Oilers advanced to conference championship games in 1978 and '79. They struggled again for a number of years, then advanced to the playoffs every season from 1987 to '93, though losing in the first round of the playoffs five times and then falling to 2-14 in 1994. In 1995, they rebounded to a 7-9 record under coach Jeff Fisher, and were 8-8 for three straight seasons before their 13-3 mark in 1999. The Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997 and played in Memphis for a season before moving to Nashville and playing at Vanderbilt in 1998. In 2000, they finished 13-3 again and won the AFC Central Division.
THE SERIES: The Jaguars hold a 7-6 lead in the series (Tennessee also won the 1999 AFC Championship game). In the first five years of the series, the home team lost four of the five games. Last season was the first time the home team won both games. In addition, every game in the series but two have been decided by eight or fewer points. The Oilers won 10-3 in the Jaguars' inaugural game in 1995, and then the Jaguars got their first win in franchise history on October 1, 1995 by a score of 17-16 in the Astrodome. In 1996, the Oilers won 34-27 in Jacksonville and 23-17 in the Astrodome. In '97, Jacksonville won 30-24 in Memphis' Liberty Bowl, and two weeks later won 17-9 at ALLTEL Stadium. In 1998, the Jaguars won 27-22 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and then lost 16-13 later that year in their only home loss of the season. In 1999, the Titans won both regular-season games, 20-19 at ALLTEL Stadium and 41-14 at Adelphia Coliseum, as well as the AFC Championship game 33-14 at Jacksonville. Last season, the Titans won 27-13 in Nashville and the Jaguars won 16-13 in Jacksonville. In this year's first game, the Jaguars won 13-6.
THE LAST TIME: 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 on September 20 at ALLTEL Stadium. That was Jacksonville's last victory. 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.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE TITANS WOULD: Snap a four-game losing streak and give them a 3-4 record and their first road victory of the season. It would also give them a 8-6 record in the series against the Tennessee franchise.
INJURY UPDATE: The only player injured in the Baltimore game was RB Elvis Joseph (eye). Four players missed the game: S Donovin Darius (hip), RB Fred Taylor (groin), LB T.J. Slaughter (knee and ankle) and TE Damon Jones (shoulder). The status of all players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (58-44 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).
Jeff Fisher has led the Titans to an NFL-best 26-6 regular-season record, an AFC Championship, and an AFC Central Division title during the last two seasons. He also owns the franchise record for victories by a head coach (61), surpassing Bum Phillips last season, and is the fourth youngest NFL head coach (since 1960) to reach the 50-win plateau. Last year, Fisher became only the fifth head coach to lead his team to consecutive 13-win seasons. He joined the Oilers in 1994 as the defensive coordinator and replaced Jack Pardee as interim head coach for the final six games of that season. He was named full-time head coach in 1995. Fisher served as defensive backs coach for San Francisco (1992-93) and defensive coordinator for the Rams (1991). He began his coaching career with Philadelphia (1986), where he coached defensive backs until he became the youngest defensive coordinator in 1988. Fisher played defensive back for the Chicago Bears (1981-85). He holds club records for punt-return yards in a season (509 in 1981) and punt returns in a season (58 in 1984). His 88-yard punt return for a touchdown in 1981 was the Bears' longest in 39 years. He played at Southern California (1977-1980) with Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith.
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 fifth-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games (minimum of 20 wins) and the ninth-best record in home games (minimum of 16 home games).
JACKSONVILLE-TENNESSEE CONNECTIONS: Jaguars DT Gary Walker played for the Oilers from 1995 to '98, G Aaron Koch was signed from the Titans' practice squad early last season, and OT Derrick Chambers was on Tennessee's practice squad this season until being signed last week … Titans LB Eddie Robinson started 28 games for the Jaguars in 1996 and '97. … Five Jaguars have ties to the state of Tennessee: QB Jonathan Quinn (Nashville, Middle Tennessee State), C/G Jeff Smith (Decatur, University of Tennessee), CB Fernando Bryant (Murfreesboro, Riverdale High), S Ainsley Battles (Vanderbilt) and LB Eric Westmoreland (Jasper, University of Tennessee)… Six Titans have ties north Florida: DE Kevin Carter (Tallahassee, University of Florida), TE Erron Kinney (University of Florida), CB Samari Rolle (Florida State), C Kevin Long (Florida State), DE Jevon Kearse (University of Florida) and G Zack Piller (Tallahassee, University of Florida). … Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin and special teams coordinator Frank Gansz were on the Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff with Titans strength and rehabilitation coach Steve Watterson in 1984 and '85 … Jaguars secondary coach Perry Fewell was the assistant head coach/secondary coach at Vanderbilt from 1995 to '97 … Titans assistant head coach/offense George Henshaw coached at Florida State from 1976 to '82 … Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was the WR coach at Florida from 1983 to '87 and a graduate assistant in 1980 … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell played at Green Bay with Titans P Craig Hentrich in 1993 and '94 … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars LB Kevin Hardy and Titans OT Brad Hopkins at Illinois; Jaguars DT Larry Smith and Titans CB Samari Rolle and C Kevin Long at Florida State; Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and Titans G Zack Piller, TE Erron Kinney and DE Jevon Kearse at the University of Florida; Jaguars WR Alvis Whitted and Titans WR Chris Coleman at North Carolina State; Jaguars OT/G Zach Wiegert and Titans CB Michael Booker at Nebraska; Jaguars SS Donovin Darius and OT Mark Baniewicz (on I.R.) and Titans LB Keith Bulluck at Syracuse; Jaguars CB Aaron Beasley and Titans DT John Thornton at West Virginia; Jaguars QB Jonathan Quinn and Titans OT Barry Hall at Middle Tennessee State; Jaguars DE Renaldo Wynn and Titans P Craig Hentrich at Notre Dame; Jaguars G Brad Meester and Titans WR Eddie Berlin at Northern Iowa; and Jaguars C/G Jeff Smith and Titans CB DeRon Jenkins at Tennessee.
JAGUARS VS. TITANS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Titans series:
QB Mark Brunell - 10 starts, 12 finishes (6-4 record); 184 completions in 302 attempts (60.9%) for 2,132 yards, 9 TDs, 12 INTs, 1 300-yard game; Rushing: 52-254 yards, 1 TD
RB Fred Taylor - 6 games; 111 carries for 438 yards, 4 TDs; 3 100-yard games
WR Jimmy Smith - 13 games; 54 receptions for 802 yards and 2 TDs; 4 100-yard games
WR Keenan McCardell - 14 games; 46 receptions for 591 yards and 3 TDs; 1 100-yard game
PK Mike Hollis - 13 games; 23 of 27 on FGAs and 23 of 23 on PATs for 92 points
Titans QB Steve McNair - 132 of 228 (57.9 %) for 1,864 yards, 11 TDs and 7 INTs. Rushing: 43-265 yards, 0 TDs
Titans QB Neil O'Donnell - 5 starts in 7 games played against the Jaguars with three different AFC Central Division teams (1995 Pittsburgh, 1998 Cincinnati, 1999 and 2001 Tennessee), has completed 114 of 200 passes (57.0 %) for 1,247 yards, 6 TDs and 3 INTs
Titans RB Eddie George - 11 games; 214 carries for 945 yards, 6 TDs, 3 100-yard games
Titans TE Frank Wycheck - 13 games; 44 receptions for 454 yards, 3 TDs
LAST GAME: The Jaguars lost their fourth consecutive game, 18-17 to the Baltimore Ravens at PSINet Stadium. The Ravens scored two touchdowns in the final 9:48 of the game, including the winning score on a pass that was reviewed, although the replay was found to be inconclusive. The Ravens failed on two-point conversion attempts following each touchdown. Jacksonville took a 17-6 lead early in the fourth quarter on Mark Brunell touchdown passes to Jimmy Smith and Stacey Mack on successive drives before the Ravens scored their only two touchdowns of the game. The Jacksonville offense somewhat broke out of its slump, with 365 total yards, the most this season. Brunell accounted for 361 yards of total offense. He had 306 yards passing (the 20th 300-yard game of his career and first this season) and a team-high 55 yards rushing (his third most ever and most since 1996). Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith both had 100-yard receiving games, marking the ninth time they've done so in the same game, an NFL record. The game was tied 3-3 at halftime, and Baltimore added a field goal to take a 6-3 lead at the start of the second half. The Jaguars notched their first touchdown late in the third quarter when Brunell hooked up with Smith for a 35-yard score and a 10-6 lead. On Baltimore's second play following the Jacksonville touchdown, Hardy Nickerson intercepted Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham, and two plays later Brunell connected with Mack for a 17-6 lead. But the Super Bowl champs struck back for two quick scores, the first on a two-yard run by Jason Brookins (a former Jacksonville practice squad player) to cap a 71-yard drive, and then a two-yard pass from Cunningham to Qadry Ismail to complete a 56-yard drive. The Jaguars had two more possessions but failed to get past Baltimore's 44-yard line. Brunell's last five passes were incomplete, and the Jaguars lost to the Ravens for the third straight time.
NOTES FROM THE RAVENS GAME: The game was the fifth straight between the two teams that was decided by seven points of fewer. … Four of the Jaguars' last six losses have been by three points or fewer. … The loss dropped the Jaguars to 12-16 in October games over seven seasons. October is the only month in which the Jaguars have a losing record (ironically, they were 3-1 in October in their first season). … The Jaguars' 15 rushes were their second fewest ever (11 on 9/22/96 at New England). … The Jaguars outgained their opponent for the first time since the second game of the season (354 to 305). But they had fewer first downs (19 to 23) and less time of possession (26:16 to 33:44). … The Jaguars converted only 3 of 10 third downs (30 percent) for the second straight game, while the Ravens were 6 of 13 (46 percent). … The Jaguars had one turnover and one takeaway, leaving them at plus-one for the season. … Mark Brunell completed 25 of 37 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has passed for 300 yards in seven of 10 games vs. the Ravens and has a career record of 11-9 record when he passes for 300 yards. He surpassed the 20,000-yard mark with the Jaguars and now has 20,273 yards passing in his seven Jacksonville seasons. His 38-yard run to set up a touchdown was the longest of his career, and he was the Jaguars' leading rusher for the first time since 11/10/96 at Baltimore, the seventh time overall. Brunell started his 90th game as a Jaguar, tying the team record held by Tony Boselli. … The three running backs who played (Elvis Joseph, Frank Moreau and Stacey Mack) combined for only 26 yards on 11 carries. … WR Keenan McCardell led the team with a season-high 10 receptions for 118 yards (his sixth game with 10-plus catches and 19th 100-yard game), and Jimmy Smith had seven catches for a game-high 119 yards (his 31st career 100-yard game). With each player reaching 100 yards in the same game, they set an NFL record, breaking a tie with Minnesota's Cris Carter and Randy Moss, for the ninth game in which both players have had 100-yards in the same game (and the fourth time vs. Baltimore). McCardell extended his team-best streak to 39 straight games with at least one reception. … SLB Kevin Hardy made his 55th consecutive start, extending his team record. … Hardy led the team with 13 tackles (8 solo), followed by LBs Hardy Nickerson and Danny Clark with 11 tackles each. … The Jaguars had a season-high five sacks, made by SLB Kevin Hardy (2.0), DT Gary Walker (1.5), DE Tony Brackens (1.0) and DT Seth Payne (0.5). … MLB Hardy Nickerson's interception was the 11th of his career, third as a Jaguar and second of the year. … Chris Hanson punted three times for a 43.3-yard average, no touchbacks, two inside the 20 and a long of 45. He had two punts returned for only 11 yards for a 39.7 net average. … Every player who dressed played except QB Jonathan Quinn and TE Ryan Prince. The inactive players were: S Donovin Darius, RB Fred Taylor, LB T.J. Slaughter, OT Patrick Venzke, OT Derrick Chambers, TE Damon Jones, DE/DT Larry Smith and QB Phil Stambaugh (third QB). … Jaguars captains were: WR Jimmy Smith, WR Keenan McCardell, SLB Kevin Hardy and MLB Hardy Nickerson.
SMITH VS. THE RAVENS: WR Jimmy Smith had his sixth 100-yard game against the Ravens last Sunday when he caught seven passes for 119 yards. He now averages 116.7 receiving yards per game against Baltimore in his career, the third-best per-game receiving mark by a player against an opponent since 1970 (minimum five career games).
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE RAVENS GAME: "I was proud of the way we played. We take no solace in losing because we were up 17-6 and should have won, but I was proud of the effort. I know that we will be a good football team and we will overcome. We have to find a way to win when we are in that situation. For some reason, we are stumbling with that this year. We have enough solid players that we can do that. If we can play like this again, then we will win a lot of games. We need to walk before we run. I don't fault anyone in that lockerroom. I think that was a game we obviously should have won."
(on the little things) "We did a better job with a lot of things. We opened it up. If it weren't for the second-and-longs, I think we would have had a pretty good offensive day. We went no-huddle. If we make a catch here or a catch there and then make up for it with Sean Dawkins' catch, we have a chance to win. We just didn't convert on fourth down. I was very proud of the way Mark Brunell played today."
(on going for it on fourth down on the first series) "I thought we needed to get more points there and the players wanted it. Obviously, it is something that you can talk about. We were aggressive getting to that point and I wanted to continue to be aggressive. It was something that I thought we had, but we didn't get it and it's something that you can second-guess."
(on rallying) "I think we played hard today. I don't think that rallying is the right word. We will just continue to improve."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "I thought all the guys played well. I think the offensive and defensive guys really competed hard. We are tired of losing and it was a game that was entirely in our grasps. We are leaving here with another loss, but we are improving."
(on the effort) "As frustrated as we were, we felt that it was something that we could turn into a positive. I think we did. We had a great week of practice and thought we could move the ball on them, and we did. We have done some good things against them before and the guys made plays. Jimmy Smith made some nice grabs and guys stepped up. We would like to have that last drive back."
(on the loss of confidence) "I don't think so. As much as this team hurts, I think we can walk away feeling good about the effort. There are some things that we have to work on and a win would be better, but we are a better team than we were a week ago. There is no question about that. Building upon that we are going to be alright."
FROM LB KEVIN HARDY: "The most disappointing thing is that we have been playing solid from the moment we have the game in our hands and we don't come up with stops that we need. They mixed it up well, and I think everyone in the building knew they were going to come out throwing. But they came out running the ball in the fourth quarter more than they did the whole game. We have to be there to stop them, and we weren't. It's painful because we are in position to move to 3-3 and we didn't get it done. In a situation like this with the league so wide open, we knew what we were playing for, and now we are at 2-4."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is QB Mark Brunell, who accounted for 361 total yards in the Jaguars' 18-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Brunell completed 25 of 37 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It marked his first 300-yard game of the season and 20th of his career. He also rushed for a team-high 55 yards, the third most of his career and most since 1996. His 38-yard run to set up a touchdown was the longest of his career.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will return home to host the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, November 11 at ALLTEL Stadium. It will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. They will play again on December 9 in Cincinnati. The Jaguars hold a 7-5 lead in the series and have won the last five games in Jacksonville. The two teams split in 2000, with Jacksonville winning the season opener 13-0 and Cincinnati winning the rematch 17-14 on December 17. This year, the Bengals are 4-3 and off to their best start since 1990.
CENTURY MARK: The Jaguars played in their 100thregular-season game on October 7 and had an overall record of 58-42. That gave them the second-most wins of any modern-era team in its first 100 games and the fourth-best winning percentage.
THE TEAL IS REAL . . . In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' record is tied for the third best in the NFL, two-and-a-half games behind the Minnesota Vikings. The Jaguars have won 45 of their last 70 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 2-2 this season, giving them a 34-10 record that is tied for the third-best mark at home since the start of the 1996 season. On the road, the Jaguars have 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 SCORE ON THE GROUND … In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 78 touchdowns, third most in the NFL.
… AND STOP THEIR OPPONENTS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have allowed only 54 rushing TDs, the NFL's fourth-best mark.
JAGUARS HAVE BALANCED OFFENSE ... Although the Jaguars are often referred to as a passing team, in reality they have a balanced attack that features the run. In the last four seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 6,796 yards on the ground, the seventh 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. Smith has a total of 515 career receptions, while McCardell has 514.
... AND SMITH LEADS ALL RECEIVERS IN YARDAGE: Over the last six seasons, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has amassed more receiving yardage than any receiver in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is ninth.
SMITH'S LAST FIVE SEASONS SURPASSED ONLY BY RICE: From 1996 through 2000, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith caught 450 passes for 6,599 yards. No other receiver in NFL history - except for future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice - has caught more passes for more yards in any five-year period.
In three different five-year periods, Rice had more catches and more receiving yards than Smith's totals. In addition to Rice, only three other players ever caught more passes in a five-year period than Smith, but they always had fewer yards receiving. Similarly, one other player ever had more receiving yards but fewer receptions than Smith. Here's a look:
PLAYER YEARS REC YARDS
Jerry Rice 1990-1994 474 6,911
Jerry Rice 1991-1995 496 7,257
Jerry Rice 1992-1996 524 7,305
Jimmy Smith 1996-2000 450 6,599
The three players who had more receptions but fewer yards in a five-year period were: Cris Carter (three times: 1993-1997, 515, 6,379; 1994-1998, 507, 5,870; and 1995-1999, 475, 5,858), Herman Moore (1994-1998, 487, 6,431), and Tim Brown (1995-1999, 454, 6,210). The only player who had more yards receiving but fewer receptions in a five-year period was Michael Irvin (1991-1995, 449, 7,093).
SMITH HAS FIVE STRAIGHT 1,000-YARD SEASONS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark receiving five straight seasons, a feat accomplished by only six other players in NFL history and which ties him for fifth all time behind Jerry Rice (11 straight 1,000-yard seasons), Tim Brown and Cris Carter (8 straight), and Lance Alworth (7 straight). Here's the list:
PLAYER YEARS TEAM 1,000+
Jerry Rice 1986-96 San Francisco 11
Tim Brown 1993-00 Oakland 8
Cris Carter 1993-00 Minnesota 8
Lance Alworth 1963-69 San Diego 7
Jimmy Smith 1996-00 Jacksonville 5
Michael Irvin 1991-95 Dallas 5
SMITH AND McCARDELL SET NFL RECORD: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell hold the NFL record with nine games in which both players have had 100 yards receiving in the same game.
THE ORIGINAL THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell are only the sixth tandem in NFL history to each have 1,000 yards receiving in the same season three different years. Here's the list:
Players Team Times Years
Cris Carter and Jake Reed Minnesota 4 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell Jacksonville 3 1996, 1997, 2000
Cris Carter and Randy Moss Minnesota 3 1998, 1999, 2000
Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey Denver 3 1998, 1999, 2000
Art Monk and Gary Clark Washington 3 1986, 1989, 1991
Mark Clayton and Mark Duper Miami 3 1984, 1986, 1991
TAYLOR TIED WITH THIRD-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FOUR YEARS: Despite missing 13 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the third-most touchdowns over the last four seasons.
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 7 for 11, giving him a career accuracy mark of 82.00.
HOLLIS IS 11TH-LEADING ACTIVE SCORER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has scored 711 career points in his seven seasons in the NFL, which ranks 11th among active players.
HOLLIS IS MOST ACCURATE 50-YARD KICKER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has connected on 10 of his 14 field goals over 50 yards in his six-year career, and his .714 percentage is the best among the NFL's active placekickers.
BRUNELL HAS SEVENTH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the seventh-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins).
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 32-16 (.667) 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 32-16-0 .667
Steve McNair * 23-12-0 .657
Brett Favre 48-26-0 .649
Randall Cunningham 43-25-1 .630
- Played on Monday night
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 113 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 18 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (33), Keenan McCardell (21), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Kyle Brady (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Andre Rison (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1), RB Elvis Joseph (1) and RB Stacey Mack (1)
STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 53-37 as a starter in regular-season games, 57-41 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 83 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 711 points in his seven years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 113 completed passes in 2001, 79 have been to wide receivers, 19 to tight ends and 15 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 0 for 7 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 2 for 7. … A total of 14 players (eight on offense and six on defense) have started all six games this year. … The offense has used six different starting lineup combinations in six games, and the defense has had a different starting lineup in five of the six games. … The Jaguars have had 5 plays of 30 or more yards this season (three of them in the Baltimore game). They had 26 plays of 30-plus yards in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. WR Jimmy Smith is the leader, with his 50th play of 30 or more yards vs. Baltimore, giving him 50 of the 143 total. … On 13 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 5 touchdowns and 2 field goals (and 6 drives with no points). Their opponents have had 16 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 6 touchdowns and 7 field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 13 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on one of those drives (a field goal). The Jaguars have begun 16 possessions inside their own 20 and have scored a touchdown and a field goal. … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 28 points, while their opponents have scored 16 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … In seven seasons, the Jaguars are 13 for 20 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2001), while their opponents are 5 for 21 (0 for 2 in 2001). … In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 14-12 in September, 12-16 in October, 16-7 in November, 14-9 in December and 1-0 in January. … In 2001, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second (38-31) and third quarters (34-10) and have been outscored in the first quarter (6-20) and fourth quarter (10-28).
The average age of the 53-man roster as of October 29 is 25.96 years old. There were 25 players 25 or younger, 23 players between 26 and 29 years old, and five players 30 or older. The youngest player is S Delvin Brown (22 years, 1 month); the oldest player is MLB Hardy Nickerson (36 years, 1 month). … There are 11 rookies on the 53-man roster, including five of the 10 draft choices (DT Marcus Stroud, OT Maurice Williams, LB Eric Westmoreland, S James Boyd and S Marlon McCree), as well as undrafted rookies S Delvin Brown, FB Patrick Washington, TE Ryan Prince, RB Elvis Joseph, OT Patrick Venzke and OT Derrick Chambers (one other draft pick is 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 19 players who are new to the team, and 34 who were with the team before the 2001 season. In addition to the 11 rookies, the other eight 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 and QB Phil Stambaugh (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 101 of the 102 games in Jaguars history, and PK Mike Hollis is second with 98 games. … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WLB Kevin Hardy (team-record 55), followed by WR Keenan McCardell (33) and QB Mark Brunell and G Brad Meester (22 each) … Four players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (199), WR Sean Dawkins (130), WR Keenan McCardell (122) and WR Jimmy Smith (108). Nickerson will play in his 200th game this week, while DT Gary Walker will play in his 100th. … Nickerson leads with 175 career starts, followed by Dawkins (108). … OT Tony Boselli and QB Mark Brunell have each started 90 games for the Jaguars, followed by WR Keenan McCardell (83) and WR Jimmy Smith and LB Kevin Hardy (80 each). Brunell can pass Boselli (on I.R.) this week for the most starts by a Jaguars player.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: After six games, the Jaguars are 25th in the NFL in total offense (25th rushing, 19th passing), and they are 17th in defense (19th rushing and 10th passing). … The offense is 13th in the AFC with 97 first downs but last in the conference in third-down percentage (20 of 70, 28.6 percent). The defense ranks seventh in allowing only 110 first downs and is 10th in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (32 of 85, 37.6 percent). … The Jaguars are plus-1 on the turnover table, tied for seventh in the AFC. … Jacksonville's 19 sacks is tied for second in the AFC. … The Jaguars are 14th in the AFC with a 38.5 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (5 of 13). Defensively, the Jaguars are tied for the AFC lead, with opponents scoring touchdowns on only 37.5 percent of red zone opportunities (6 of 16). … PK Mike Hollis is 16th among AFC kickers in scoring with 30 points. … QB Mark Brunell is third in the AFC in passing with a 88.9 rating. … WR Jimmy Smith is third in the AFC with 43 receptions, and his 539 receiving yards is fourth. … WR Keenan McCardell is tied for 13th in the AFC with 28 catches, and his 322 yards is 18th. … Despite starting just three games, Stacey Mack is 16th in the AFC in rushing with 280 yards. … Chris Hanson is fourth in the AFC with a 46.0 gross punting average and ninth with a 36.4 net average. … Damon Gibson is 10th in the AFC with a 9.4-yard average on punt returns. … Kevin Hardy is tied for second in the AFC with 6.0 sacks.