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Game notes

 WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...

  • Finished 5-11 overall, 4-4 at home and 3-3 in the AFC South.  It marks the third consecutive season the Jaguars have three division wins.
  • Improved to 8-9 in the final game of the regular season in franchise history and earned first win since 2005.
  • Are 6-0 in games played at home in the final week of the regular season.
  • Improved to 7-15 all-time against Indianapolis and swept the Colts for the first time since the AFC South was formed in 2002.  The Jaguars have won three of the last four games against the Colts.
  • Mel Tucker finished 2-3 as interim head coach.

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Mincey finishes strong

Defensive end Jeremy Mincey tied his single-game career-high with 2.5 sacks on Sunday against the Colts along with two forced fumbles.  Mincey finished the season with eight sacks, the most by a Jaguar since Bobby McCray had 10 in 2006. In two games against the Colts in 2011, Mincey had five sacks and three forced fumbles.

Jaguars show improvement on defense in 2011

The Jaguars improved in nearly every statistical category on defense in 2011.  Here's a look at the Jaguars defensive totals after 16 games compared to the 2011 season after 16 games.

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2010

2011

NFL ranking

28th

*5th

Yards per game

371.8

313.0

Rushing

121.6

104.2

Passing

250.3

208.8

Sacks

26

31

Interceptions

13

17

Completions of 25-plus yards

38

29

Passer rating

98.5

83.7

Touchdown passes

28

21

Third down conversion pct.

41.3

36.2

Touchdowns

50

37

Points per game

26.2

20.6

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*Through 16 weeks

West scores Jaguars only touchdown

Wide receiver Chastin West put the Jaguars on the board first with a 23-yard touchdown reception from Blaine Gabbert.  It was West's second touchdown in the last three games. 

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Landry finishes as secondary's leader

Safety Dawan Landry was the only player in the secondary to start all 16 games for the Jaguars this season.  Landry started all 16 games for the third straight season and fourth time in six seasons.

Gabbert finishes rookie season with 12 TD passes; ties franchise record with 14 starts

Blaine Gabbert finished his rookie season with 12 touchdown passes after hitting Chastin West on a 23-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.  Gabbert had at least one touchdown pass in 10 of his 14 starts.  He had five touchdown passes in the last three games at EverBank Field.  His touchdown pass to West was the first of his career in the first quarter. 

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Gabbert tied Byron Leftwich (2003) for the most starts in franchise history by a rookie quarterback with 14.*  *Gabbert was 11 of 19 passing today for 92 yards with one touchdown for an 88.0 passer rating, his second-highest rating as a starter.  He finished his rookie season 210 of 413 passing for 2,214 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 65.4 rating. 

Weavers bid farewell to Jaguars

Sunday was the final game for Wayne and Delores Weaver as owners of the Jaguars. The Weavers were inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars at halftime of today's game. Shahid Khan will assume ownership of the team on Jan 4.   The Weavers and their partners were awarded the franchise on Nov. 30, 1993. 

Here are additional notes on the Weavers:

  • Wayne Weaver has served on four NFL committees: Business Ventures, Investment, Finance, and Compensation.
  • Delores Barr Weaver has served on two NFL committees: NFL Charities and NFL Giving.
  • The Weavers, through the Weaver Family Foundation, have contributed more than $22.6 million to Jacksonville agencies and organizations since 1995.
  • The Jaguars Foundation has awarded more than $14.6 million in grants to area non-profit agencies since 1995.
  • In the Weavers' 17 seasons the Jaguars have a regular season record of 138-134 and are 142-140 including postseason. The Jaguars have had six playoff berths, two division titles, and 11 playoff games.
  • Twenty Jaguars players have been named to the Pro Bowl.
  • Today's game, the Weavers' last, was the 352nd game in franchise history – including 69 preseason, 272 regular season and 11 postseason – and the Weavers were at every game.

Defense finishes strong, sixth-best in team history

The Jaguars rank sixth in franchise history by allowing only 313.0 yards per game despite four starters on injured reserve.  The 1999 unit allowed a franchise-low 270.9 yards.  The Jaguars held the Colts to 298 yards, the ninth opponent to be held below 300 yards. 

TOP DEFENSES IN JAGUARS HISTORY (yards allowed)

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RK

YEAR

YARDS PER GAME

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1.

1999

270.9

2.

2006

283.6

3.

2005

290.9

4.

2003

291.1

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5.

2000

302.8

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6.

2011

313.0

7.

2007

313.8

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Back-to-back games with an interception for Trent

Third-year cornerback Morgan Trent intercepted Dan Orlovsky in the second quarter, his second consecutive game with an interception.  Trent, who has three career interceptions, signed with the Jaguars on Nov. 30 and played in the final five games. 

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Iron Men

Eight players started all 16 games this season for the Jaguars:

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Defensively (5):DT Tyson Alualu, S Dawan Landry, DE Jeremy Mincey, LB Paul Posluszny, LB Daryl Smith

Offensively (3): RB Maurice Jones-Drew, C Brad Meester, G Uche Nwaneri

15 players played in all 16 games this season for the Jaguars:

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Defensively (8):LB Russell Allen,DT Tyson Alualu, CB Drew Coleman, DT Leger Douzable, S Dawan Landry, DE Jeremy Mincey, LB Paul Posluszny, LB Daryl Smith

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Offensively (5): FB Greg Jones, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, C Brad Meester, G Uche Nwaneri, TE Zach Potter

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Special teams (2): LS Jeremy Cain, K Josh Scobee

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Posluszny ties for second-most tackles in franchise history

Paul Posluszny led the Jaguars with 190 tackles, tied for the second-most in team history. *  *Posluszny started all 16 games for the second time in five seasons. 

JAGUARS MOST SINGLE-SEASON TACKLES

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RK

PLAYER, YEAR

TACKLES

1.

Hardy Nickerson, 2001

230

2.

Mike Peterson, 2005

190

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Paul Posluszny, 2011

190

3.

Wali Rainer, 2002

188

4.

Kevin Hardy, 1998

186

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Career-best percentage for Scobee

Josh Scobee connected on all four field goal attempts (25, 32, 47, 39) on Sunday and finished the season 23 of 25 for a 92.0 percentage.  The 92.0 percentage is the second-highest in franchise history.  Scobee's previous single-season career-high for field goal percentage was 81.3 which he established in 2006 by hitting on 26 of 32 field goals.  Scobee finished the season 12 of 14 from 40-plus yards. 

JAGUARS SINGLE-SEASON HIGHEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

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RK

PLAYER, SEASON

PCT.

FGs

1.

Mike Hollis, 2000

92.3

24 of 26

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2.

Josh Scobee, 2011

90.5

19 of 21

3.

Mike Hollis, 1997

83.1

31 of 36

4.

Mike Hollis, 1996

83.3

30 of 36

5.

Mike Hollis, 1999

81.6

31 of 38

Byner part of rushing title in two of last three seasons

Jaguars running backs coach Earnest Byner had plenty of success in his 14-year NFL playing career, rushing for 8,261 yards and 56 touchdowns while being named to two Pro Bowls.  Byner's success has followed him into coaching.

In eight years as a coach, a running back under Byner has finished among the top 10 rushers in seven of the eight seasons.  Prior to joining the Jaguars in 2010, Byner spent four seasons with the Washington Redskins from 2004-07 and two seasons with the Tennessee Titans from 2008-09.  Titans RB Chris Johnson won the NFL rushing title in 2009 with 2,006 and Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew will most likely win the title in 2011 with 1,606 yards.

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*               RUNNING BACKS UNDER EARNEST BYNER*

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YEAR

PLAYER

YARDS

NFL RANK

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2004

Clinton Portis

1,315

8th

2005

Clinton Portis

1,516

4th

2006

Ladell Betts

1,154

13th

2007

Clinton Portis

1,262

6th

2008

Chris Johnson

1,228

8th

2009

Chris Johnson

2,006

1st

2010

Maurice Jones-Drew

1,324

5th

2011

Maurice Jones-Drew

1,606

1st

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Tidbits

  • Defensive end George Selvie split a sack with Jeremy Mincey and also had one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
  • The Jaguars scored a touchdown in the first quarter for the fifth time in 16 games this season.
  • Trumaine McBride was the 74th different player to see action for the Jaguars this season.
  • Only seven of 16 opponents eclipsed 20-plus points against the Jaguars.  Opponents had 20-plus points in 13 games in 2010 and 11 games in 2009.
  • The Jaguars had a season-high 190 rushing yards and eclipsed 100 rushing yards in 14 of 16 games.
  • The Jaguars finished with a plus-two turnover differential today.  The Jaguars were even or won the turnover differential in nine of the last 11 games. 
  • Center Brad Meester started all 16 games for the ninth time in 12 seasons including three consecutive seasons.  His current streak of 58 consecutive starts is tied with Kevin Hardy for the seventh-longest streak in franchise history.  Meester owns the franchise record with 92 consecutive starts from Sept. 3, 2000 through Dec. 4, 2005.
  • Linebacker Russell Allen has played in all 48 games to start his career. 
  • Linebacker Daryl Smith started all 16 games for the fifth time in eight seasons and third consecutive season. 
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