**Sunday, November 2, 2003, 1:00 p.m. EST
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.**
Local Television: Regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV Ch. 47 (Ch. 6 cable), Ian Eagle (play by play) and Solomon Wilcots (color analyst)
Local Radio: WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, Brian Sexton (play by play), Jeff Lageman (color analyst) and Ryan Elijah (field reporter)
THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will complete the first half of their 2003 season when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. It will be the Jaguars' first road game in five weeks, following a three-game home stand in which they went 1-2 (as well as a bye week).
The Jaguars are coming off a 30-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans and are now 1-6 this season. Baltimore is 4-3 this season after beating the Denver Broncos 26-6 on Sunday. This will be the Jaguars' only game in a four-week period against a non-AFC South foe. The Jaguars and Ravens played in the same division for seven years, and this will be the second meeting between the two teams since the NFL realigned a year ago. The game will be a return to Baltimore for Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio and vice president of player personnel James Harris, both of whom were with the Ravens during their 2000 Super Bowl season. Also, Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich will travel back close to his home of Washington D.C.
With a 1-6 record and the next two games against division-leading teams, Del Rio said, "We can't go back and do what-if games, because that's not going to help us going forward. We can focus on the things that will help us be a good football team. We can start with winning the turnover battle and doing better on third down. What is happening is a reflection of a team that doesn't know how to win. That's my job — teach them how to win. I'm going to roll up my sleeves and make this team get better. Eventually we will get this turned around."
JAGUARS ON THE AIR THIS WEEK:
Monday — Jaguars Reporters, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Brian Sexton, Vic Ketchman, Cole Pepper
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
Saturday — Jaguars Weekend, 7:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47
Sunday — THE Jaguars Show, 11:00 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47
Sunday — Coggin Pregame Show, 11:30 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47
THE OPPONENT: After a 12-year absence, NFL football returned to the city of Baltimore on February 9, 1996, when the NFL clubs approved the transfer of Art Modell's franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore. Now the owner of the Ravens, Modell's previous franchise competed in 20 postseason contests, including four NFL Championship games, three AFC Championship games and a victory in the 1964 NFL title game. The Ravens went 5-11 in 1996, 6-9-1 in '97, 6-10 in 1998 and 8-8 in 1999. In 2000, they finished 12-4 and in second place in the AFC Central Division with a defense that allowed an NFL-record-low 165 points. The Ravens swept through the playoffs, defeating Denver, Tennessee and Oakland and then beating the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. In 2001, they went 10-6 and finished in second place in the old AFC Central Division, winning a Wild-Card game before losing in the Divisional Playoffs. Last season, they finished 7-9 and in third place in the AFC North.
THE SERIES: Even though the Jaguars and Ravens are no longer in the same division, this will be the ninth consecutive year they have met, as the Ravens join the Titans as the only team with that distinction. The Jaguars and Ravens have played 13 times with the Jaguars holding an 8-5 advantage, winning the first eight games before losing the last five games (Jacksonville also defeated the Cleveland Browns twice in 1995). In 1996, the Ravens' first season in Baltimore, Jacksonville swept the series, winning 30-27 in Jacksonville and 28-25 in overtime in Baltimore two weeks later. In 1997, the Jaguars won the season opener 28-27 in Baltimore and took the rematch at home 29-27. In 1998, Jacksonville won 24-10 at home and 45-19 in Baltimore. In 1999, Jacksonville won 6-3 at home, then won again 30-23 two weeks later at Baltimore. In 2000, the Ravens won 39-36 in Week 2 in Baltimore and again 15-10 in Jacksonville. In 2001, the Ravens won 18-17 on October 28 in Baltimore and again 24-21 on November 25 at ALLTEL Stadium. Last season, the Ravens won 17-10 in Baltimore.
THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars were defeated 17-10 by the Baltimore Ravens on October 20 in Baltimore. Mark Brunell was intercepted on the final play of the game with the Jaguars trying to tie the score. Jacksonville kicked a field goal with 2:30 remaining and forced the Ravens to punt, taking over the ball at their own 17-yard line with 2:05 left. Brunell drove the Jaguars 58 yards to the 25-yard line before the interception, his third of the game. Fred Taylor gained 197 yards from scrimmage, with 151 rushing and 46 on eight receptions, as the Jaguars gained 397 yards. However, the three interceptions and a failure to capitalize on good field position held the team to its fewest points since November 18, 2001. The Jaguars had seven possessions inside the Ravens' 31-yard line and managed only the two scores. The Ravens gained only 261 yards but never trailed, as they won their fifth straight game over the Jaguars. Taylor scored the team's only touchdown on a nine-yard run, and Hayden Epstein added a 22-yard field goal. However, Epstein also missed a 39-yard attempt and the Jaguars chose not to attempt field goals on three other occasions.
A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE RAVENS WOULD: Be their second win of the season and give them a 2-6 record. It would give the Jaguars their ninth victory in 14 games against the Ravens and their first victory on the road since last December.
INJURY UPDATE: Two players were injured in the Tennessee game: CB James Trapp (ankle) and DE Lionel Barnes (leg). Five players missed the game because of injuries: CB Jason Craft (knee), QB Mark Brunell (elbow), WR Jimmy Redmond (foot), CB Kiwaukee Thomas (groin) and LB Keith Mitchell (neck). The status of all injured players will be updated on Wednesday.
THE COACHES: The two head coaches are close friends, with Jack Del Rio having worked for Brian Billick from 1999 to 2001 in Baltimore, when he served as the Ravens' linebackers coach.
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.
Brian Billick has a 46-31 record in his five seasons as the Ravens' head coach. He guided the Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV title, a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants. The 2000 Ravens allowed just 165 points, the fewest ever in a 16-game NFL season. In 2002, despite the youngest team in the NFL, the Ravens finished 7-9. In 2001, Billick guided an injury-riddled team to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth capped with a victory over the Miami Dolphins. Prior to becoming head coach in Baltimore, Billick served as Vikings' offensive coordinator (1994-98). During his final season in Minnesota, his offense scored an NFL-record 556 points. Billick earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors and was an honorable mention All-America in 1976 as a tight end at Brigham Young. He played linebacker at Air Force before transferring to Brigham Young. Billick was selected by the 49ers in the 11th round of the 1977 NFL draft. He was an assistant at Brigham Young (1978), Redlands (1979), San Diego State (1981-85), Utah State (1986-88) and Stanford (1989-1991, under former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green). He was an assistant director of public relations for the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and 1980.
JAGUARS VS. RAVENS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Ravens series:
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor — 5 games; 94 attempts for 432 yards and 2 TD; 26 catches for 257 yards, 78 long, 1 TD; two 100-yard rushing games
Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith — 13 games; 88 receptions for 1,407 yards and 10 TDs; long of 72 yards and a 16.0 yards-per-catch average; six 100-yard games
Jaguars DE Tony Brackens — 10 games; 4.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT for a TD
Jaguars TE Kyle Brady — 7 games; 23 catches for 257 yards
Ravens RB Jamal Lewis — 3 games; 50 rushes for 170 yards
Ravens WR Travis Taylor — 5 games; 15 receptions for 238 yards and 1 TD
Ravens PK Matt Stover — 13 games (two with Cleveland); 25 of 28 FGAs and 20 of 20 PATs for 95 points
Ravens DE Peter Boulware — 8 games; 10.5 sacks
Ravens LB Ray Lewis — 12 games; 77 tackles; 3 sacks; 1 forced fumble; 1 fumble recovery; 1 INT
JIMMY SMITH VS. RAVENS: In 13 career games against the Baltimore Ravens, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has caught 88 passes for 1,407 yards, an average of 108.2 yards per game that is the second-best per-game receiving mark by a player against an opponent since 1970 (minimum five career games). Smith has six 100-yard games against Baltimore.
JACKSONVILLE-BALTIMORE CONNECTIONS: Jack Del Rio was the LB coach for the Ravens from 1999 to 2001, helping the team win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants. When Del Rio played for the Minnesota Vikings (1992-95), Ravens head coach Brian Billick was the Vikings' offensive coordinator and Ravens special teams coordinator Gary Zauner held the same title in Minnesota … Jaguars vice president of player personnel James Harris was Baltimore's director of pro personnel from 1997-2002 … Jaguars assistant head coach Steve Shafer held the same position with the Ravens from 1999 to 2001; Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith was the Ravens' defensive assistant and DL coach from 1999 to 2002 … Jaguars strength and conditioning coach Mark Asanovich was the Ravens' assistant strength coach in 2002 … Jaguars assistant special teams and strength coach Paul McCord assisted the Ravens in 2000 and 2001 … Jaguars DB coach Alvin Reynolds was in Baltimore for the first three seasons of the Ravens' franchise (1996-1998), serving as the secondary coach … Jaguars DL coach Ray Hamilton and Ravens LB coach Mike Singletary were on opposite sidelines in Super Bowl XX when the Bears defeated the Patriots … Jaguars rookie OL Marques Ogden, who attended Howard University, is the younger brother of Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden … Four Jaguars are former Ravens: S James Trapp (1999-2001), OT Sammy Williams (1999-2001), WR/KR Jermaine Lewis (1996-2001) and S Anthony Mitchell (1999-2003) … Six Ravens have ties to Florida: WR Travis Taylor (Jacksonville, University of Florida), DE Jarret Johnson (Chiefland), LB Ray Lewis (Lakeland, University of Miami), S Ed Reed (University of Miami), OT Damion Cook (Fort Lauderdale) and DB Cory Fuller (Rickards, Florida State) … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars LB T. J. Slaughter with Ravens DE Adalius Thomas, CB Raymond Walls and S Chad Williams at Southern Mississippi; Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and Ravens WR Travis Taylor at the University of Florida; Jaguars DT John Henderson and Ravens RB Jamal Lewis at the University of Tennessee; Jaguars S Rashean Mathis and Ravens OT Damion Cook at Bethune-Cookman; Jaguars WR J.J. Stokes and Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden at UCLA; Jaguars G/C Jamar Nesbit with QB Anthony Wright and WR marcus Robinson at South Carolina; Jaguars OL Marques Ogden and Ravens DE Marques Douglas at Howard; Jaguars S Deke Cooper with Ravens DE Anthony Weaver and WR Javin Hunter at Notre Dame; Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud and Ravens RB Musa Smith at Georgia; Jaguars C Brad Meester and Ravens WR Dedric Ward at Northern Iowa; and Jaguars OT Sammy Williams and Ravens DT Kelly Gregg at Oklahoma.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars were defeated by the Tennessee Titans 30-17 at ALLTEL Stadium, losing for the sixth time in seven games this season. The Titans jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and never trailed, as they intercepted Byron Leftwich three times and scored 17 points off turnovers. The Jaguars controlled the ball for a franchise-low 20:46 and tied another team-low with only 11 rushes, as they lost for the third time in four home games. Eddie George scored on two one-yard runs for Tennessee, Steve McNair threw a TD pass to Tyrone Calico and Gary Anderson kicked three field goals for the Titans. In the second quarter, the Jaguars scored on a 49-yard field goal by Seth Marler and then closed the gap to 17-10 on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Leftwich to Jimmy Smith. Tennessee went ahead 27-17 in the third quarter, and in the fourth period the Titans held the ball for 11:14 in a time-consuming drive before kicking a field goal. The Jaguars got their final touchdown with five seconds to play on a five-yard pass from David Garrard to George Wrighster.
NOTES FROM THE TITANS GAME: The Titans have won nine of the last 11 games in the series. … Jacksonville is now 5-4 in games following their bye week. … The Jaguars had fewer first downs (15 to 23), fewer yards (297 to 320) and less time of possession (20:54 to 39:14). … The Jaguars had 52 offensive plays (fewest since 12/8/02 vs. Cleveland), 54 yards rushing (fewest since 11/18/01 at Pittsburgh) and just 11 carries (tying a franchise-low set on 9/22/96 at New England). … Their 20:46 time of possession was the lowest ever (previous: 20:54 on 10/12/98 vs. Miami). … The Titans' 11:14 drive was the longest ever against the Jaguars by nearly two minutes. … The Jaguars had three turnovers and one takeaway and are now minus-four for the season. … Byron Leftwich completed 15 of 28 passes for 158 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for a passer rating of 42.6. He moved into second place on the Jaguars' career list for passing yards, moving ahead of Steve Beuerlein, who had 952 passing yards in 1995. Leftwich now has 1,105 passing yards this season. In his first four starts, Byron Leftwich has passed for 981 yards, only 53 shy of Vinny Testaverde, who had the most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in his first four career starts since the 1970 merger, when he passed for 1,034 yards for Tampa Bay in 1987. With his TD pass to Jimmy Smith, Leftwich has produced a score in six straight games at the start of his career (running or passing), tying for the fourth-longest streak of players who began their careers since 1970. Ahead of Leftwich are Mark Rypien (11), Oliver Luck (8) and Dan Marino (7), and Leftwich is tied with Jim Everett, Chris Weinke and Marc Bulger with six. … Fred Taylor led the team with 48 yards rushing on nine carries (5.3-yard average). … Troy Edwards and Fred Taylor each had four receptions, and Edwards had a team-high 63 yards receiving. … Jimmy Smith caught three passes for 60 yards and his first touchdown of the season, a 49-yarder that is his longest play since 2000. … Mark Royals punted three times for a 47.0 average, with no touchbacks and two inside the 20. He had two kicks returned for 11 yards and a 43.3-yard net average. Royals moved into seventh place in NFL history with 1,075 career punts, passing Jerrel Wilson (1,072). … Tony Brackens got the Jaguars' only interception, the fifth of his career. He tied the Jaguars' career record of 18 takeaways held by Aaron Beasley. … The Jaguars made no sacks and allowed just one sack. … FS Deke Cooper, making his first NFL start, led the team with 13 tackles (11 solo), followed by SS Donovin Darius with 12 tackles (four solo). … Every player who dressed saw action. The inactive players were: QB Mark Brunell, WR Jimmy Redmond, CB Kiwaukee Thomas, CB Jason Craft, LB Keith Mitchell, OT/G Sammy Williams, OL Marques Ogden and WR Matthew Hatchette. … Jaguars captains were: DT John Henderson, C Brad Meester and S Nick Sorensen.
FROM COACH JACK DEL RIO ON THE TITANS GAME: "I am very, very disappointed for two reasons: One, we talked about not turning the ball over and losing the turnover battle, and we did that again today. You put yourself in an impossible situation against anybody, particularly against a good football team that's going to take advantage of you. We did not take care of the ball, and the direct result was points for them. The second thing was the 11-minute drive at the end of the game, playing keepaway. You won't see that happen here again. I won't stand for it. We'll identify the guys who are not getting it done and find guys who can, because that's embarrassing.
(on Tennessee's final drive) "To me, that sign I saw at the end of the game is something I never want to see again. We will identify the players and when we can and where we can, replace them. What I saw, I won't stand for here. It was a situation where all they have to do is run out the clock. All we have to do is get the ball back, and we didn't do that. I don't know if I'd say we quit. I think we left every ounce of technique we taught somewhere else. It wasn't a lack of effort, but there was a lack of execution when we needed it. Guys forget what we're teaching, how we're doing it, why we're successful. There's only one way to do it, and when you don't do it right, it looks ugly. We had too many guys not doing it right.
(on the Titans' 10-0 lead) "I think the tone of the game was set on the first couple of plays when we didn't execute plays, formations and assignments that we practiced all week and allowed them to move the ball and get an early field goal on plays we specifically worked on. We set the tone for a bad day by doing that.
(on improving the team from 1-6) "It doesn't have to be a threat. There's no question that we are going to look for the people that we feel can help us win. That process is on-going in the whole league. We're no different; it's just going to get a little more play right now. We're going to make sure we're identifying guys and surrounding the guys who are doing it right with other guys who are going to do it right. That began the day I got here and won't stop as long as I'm here. I'm not going to say there is or isn't going to be (any lineup changes). We're going to do what I feel gives us the best opportunity to compete on Sundays.
"We're not playing good football right now. In the simplest terms, when you're close but don't get the prize, you're not playing good football. We're going to play good football here. At 1-6 it's not happening soon enough for me.
"I really, really felt confident in this team's preparation going in. That's what I'm mad about. We had worked on plays we knew we were going to see, and we saw those exact plays. To not execute when the lights are on, that's not good enough."
FROM QB BYRON LEFTWICH: "Turnovers have been our problem all year. We've been giving opposing defenses a lot of chances. But give them credit — they made the plays and we didn't.
"It's very disappointing. Things are just not going our way. I have no other way to put it — we have to find ways to make it go our way. We have to pick it up a little during the week and make it happen on Sunday. We just have to keep battling. We're the most disappointed people in the locker room, but at the same time we can't hold our head down. We just have to go back to work and try to make those plays.
(on the lack of third down execution) "We've been having problems with third down all year. We try to work hard to get those first downs, but we're just not getting them. Until we start getting those on third down, it's going to be tough. You have got three downs to get 10 yards, so when you are in a third-and-two or third-and-three you have to make those plays.
(on Del Rio being mad) "He's got a bunch of mad players as well. It's disappointing and frustrating when you go out there and you don't execute. If we didn't have the talent, it would be easier because we would know we were just outmanned. But with the talent we have we're still finding ways not to win football games. That's the tough part."
FROM TE KYLE BRADY: (on what the Jaguars can take away from the game) "Not too much; maybe some humility. There's a lot of work to be done a lot of things we need to shore up and just improve on.
(on if there were any positives that can be taken away from the game) "There are in every game. I think the learning process takes place the next day, when you're in film sessions. You see the things you did right and wrong, and even the wrong things you did can be a positive because you can learn from them.
(on what to do to keep the younger players focused) "One of the things you can do is lead by example, with the way you still approach your work. Just because the record isn't what you like, you still have to come to work every day for nine more weeks. You don't show any quit, you don't show any lack of zeal for your job. You're going to be here because you're a professional, so you have to work hard."
FROM DE HUGH DOUGLAS: "It's kind of hard to talk after a loss like that. We lost the game and we didn't play well. We've got to get back on the horse and get ready for the next one. We have no choice and we're in it for the long haul. You've got to keep plugging, keep fighting and do the best you can.
(on coach Del Rio's comments about evaluating the entire team) "You have to look at everybody. I mean, we're 1-6 and you have to look at everybody. Everybody has to be held accountable in a situation like this. We just have to get better."
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will return home when they host the Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, November 9 at ALLTEL Stadium. It will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. On September 21, the Colts defeated the Jaguars 23-13 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis in Mark Brunell's last start. The two teams have met five times dating back to 1995, with the Colts winning all five games. This season, the Colts are 6-1 and in first place in the AFC South. Last Sunday, they defeated the Houston Texans 30-21.
THE RUSH STOPS HERE: In the last six games, the Jaguars have held opposing starting ballcarriers to an average of 57 yards per game and an average of only 2.8 yards per rush. For the season, the Jaguars rank sixth in the NFL in rushing defense (91.6 yards per game) and second in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (3.2).
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.
SMITH 18TH AND 20TH AMONG ALL-TIME RECEIVERS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith ranks 18th on the NFL's all-time receiving list and 20th in career receiving yards. Smith has 681 career receptions for 9,549 yards.
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 has scored 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. In 11 seasons, Brunell has 144 TD passes and only 86 interceptions (none this season).
NEW FACES: There are 28 new faces among the 53 players on the Jaguars' current roster. Here is the breakdown.
Unrestricted Free Agents (4) — DE Hugh Douglas, FB Marc Edwards, LB Keith Mitchell, LB Mike Peterson
Veteran Free Agents (12) — DE Lionel Barnes, S Deke Cooper, WR Troy Edwards, RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, WR Matthew
Hatchette, LB Deon Humphrey, G Jamar Nesbit, P Mark Royals, S Nick Sorensen, WR J.J. Stokes, CB James Trapp,
OT/G Sammy Williams
First-year free agents (1) — RB/KR David Allen
Trade (1) — S Anthony Mitchell
Draft Choices (7) — QB Byron Leftwich, DB Rashean Mathis, G Vince Manuwai, TE George Wrighster, RB LaBrandon Toefield,
OT Marques Ogden, CB Blue Adams (signed off Tampa Bay's practice squad)
Undrafted Rookies (3) — CB Chris Brown, WR Cortez Hankton, PK Seth Marler
O-LINE AND D-LINE: For the first time in Jaguars history, the starting offensive line and defensive line have stayed the same for the first seven games.
The offensive line of LT Mike Pearson, LG Vince Manuwai, C Brad Meester, RG Chris Naeole and RT Maurice Williams has started all seven games, with all of the starters except Manuwai and Pearson having played every offensive snap (both players have alternated some with their backups).
In 1997, the offensive line did not change for the first 10 games of the season (LT Tony Boselli, LG Ben Coleman, C Dave Widell, RG Rich Tylski and RT Leon Searcy). For the 11th game, Michael Cheever moved in at center, and then there were numerous changes the rest of the season due to injuries.
In the franchise's first eight seasons, the defensive line had never gone past the fourth game of the season before the starters changed. This year, the starters — LE Tony Brackens, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, and RE Hugh Douglas — play 50 to 80 percent of the defensive snaps, while often rotating with backups such as DEs Lionel Barnes and Paul Spicer and DT Rob Meier.
JAGUARS ROOKIE STARTERS ON OPENING DAY: Two members of this year's draft class started the season opener, becoming the 11th and 12th rookies to start for the Jaguars on opening day.
1995 — OT Brian DeMarco, TE Pete Mitchell, RB James Stewart
1996 — LB Kevin Hardy
1997 — None
1998 — S Donovin Darius
1999 — CB Fernando Bryant
2000 — G Brad Meester, DB Kiwaukee Thomas
2001 — S Marlon McCree, OT Maurice Williams
2002 — None
2003 — G Vince Manuwai, S Rashean Mathis
JAGUARS IN THE COMMUNITY: Each week 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:
Monday, October 27
7:00 – 11:30 p.m. Mark Brunell, Mike Pearson, Mo Williams, Brad Meester, David Garrard, Joe Zelenka, Chris Luzar, Marc Edwards, Matt Leonard, Kyle Brady, Seth Marler and Akin Ayodele will attend Mark Brunell's Gridiron Masquerade fundraiser in the Terrace Suite at ALLTEL Stadium. The adult costume party will raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, the Mark Brunell Foundation and the NFL YET Center.
Tuesday, October 28
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. OL Marques Ogden will visit Mandarin Middle School and address the students about good character and drug awareness.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CB Kiwaukee Thomas, G Chris Naeole and S Nick Sorensen will participate in a book distribution at the Teacher's Depot in Jacksonville.
10:00 –11:00 a.m. S James Trapp will visit Eugene Butler Middle School to congratulate 25 winning students who attended the Jaguars game vs. the Titans. The students were rewarded to a game by showing improvement in their attendance, behavior and schoolwork throughout the week.
11:00 – 12:00 noon TE/LS Joe Zelenka will visit Palmer Catholic Elementary School to talk with students about the importance of reading and education.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. QB Byron Leftwich will visit LSI International, Inc. to meet and greet employees and their families as part of their annual Jaguars pep rally.
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 15th in the NFL in total offense (22nd rushing, 7th passing), and they are 10th in defense (6th rushing and 19th passing). … The Jaguars are sixth in the AFC with a 56.3 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (9 of 16). … QB Byron Leftwich is 14th in the AFC in passing with a 70.3 passer rating. … PK Seth Marler is tied for 11th in the AFC with 43 points (13 of 13 PATS, 10 of 15 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor is eighth in the AFC with 505 rushing yards and is tied for 12th in the AFC with 32 receptions (third among running backs). He ranks fifth in the conference with 766 yards from scrimmage. … P Mark Royals ranks second in the AFC with a 37.7-yard net average and 10th in the AFC with a 41.3 gross average. David Allen is 10th in the AFC with an 8.8 average on punt returns, and he is 11th with a 22.1 average on kickoff returns. … DE Tony Brackens is tied for ninth in the AFC with four sacks.
STATS AND SUCH: A total of 16 players have started every game this season (seven on offense and nine on defense): OTs Mike Pearson and Maurice Williams, Gs Vince Manuwai and Chris Naeole, C Brad Meester, RB Fred Taylor, FB Marc Edwards, DEs Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, LBs Mike Peterson and Akin Ayodele, CB Fernando Bryant, and Ss Donovin Darius and Rashean Mathis. … In seven games, the Jaguars have used three different starting lineup combinations and the defense used four different starting combinations.
The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 17 points, while their opponents scored 47 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … The Jaguars have had 10 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 seven 30-plus plays this season… Of the Jaguars' 150 completed passes, 72 have been to wide receivers, 22 to tight ends and 56 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 4 for 10 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 4 for 5 … On 16 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored nine touchdowns and five field goals. Their opponents have had 20 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 14 touchdowns and four field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 10 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on one of those drives (1 TD), while the Jaguars have begun 17 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on five of those drives (4 TDs, 1 FG). … 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, the Jaguars' record for each month is: 1-0 in August, 16-17 in September, 14-21 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 (47-31), and have been outscored in the first quarter (10-41), third quarter (33-48) and fourth quarter (37-64).
Mark Brunell is 63-54 in 117 regular-season starts, 67-58 overall. Byron Leftwich is 1-3. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 130 of the 135 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (99). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (55). TE Kyle Brady had a 52-game streak ended last Sunday when George Wrighster started, and CB Jason Craft had a 27-game streak ended because of a knee injury. … Craft had played in all 70 games of his NFL career until last Sunday. The current longest streak of games played is now held by Brady (57), followed by Meester (55) and DT Rob Meier (55). … Eight players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: P Mark Royals (215), CB James Trapp (149), WR Jimmy Smith (137), TE Kyle Brady (131), QB Mark Brunell (122), WR J.J. Stokes (116), DE Hugh Douglas (113) and FB Marc Edwards (103). … Brady leads with 124 career starts, followed by Brunell (117) and Smith (109).