THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their first road game of the regular season when they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10 at Riverfront Stadium. The Jaguars are coming off a 10-3 opening day loss to the Houston Oilers, Cincinnati opens at home this week following a 24-21 overtime win in Indianapolis.
RADIO BROADCAST: This game will be broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, with play-by-play man Brian Sexton and color analysts Matt Robinson and Deron Cherry. Reporter Jennifer Kumik will contribute to the pre-game and half-time shows. More than 30 affiliates in five states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game. Sexton, 26, is the NFL's youngest play-by-play announcer, while Robinson and Cherry bring a total of 17 years of NFL playing experience to the broadcast booth.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Sunday's game will be televised regionally by NBC and locally on WTLV, Channel 12. Calling the action will be veteran broadcasters Don Criqui and Beasley Reece.
THE SERIES: This is the first game between the Jaguars and Bengals. They will play again during the regular season on November 26 when the Bengals travel to Jacksonville.
THE OPPONENT: The Bengals were the second expansion team in the American Football League, starting play in 1968, when they finished 3-11 under Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown. That total is tied for the most victories ever for an expansion team. They made the playoffs in their third season, the quickest ever for an expansion team. In 1982, the Bengals finished 12-4 under Forrest Gregg and advanced to Super Bowl XVI, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. After six seasons out of the playoffs, the Bengals again went 12-4 in 1988, appearing in Super Bowl XXIII, where they again lost to the 49ers with Sam Wyche as head coach. Their last playoff appearance was in 1990.
A VICTORY OVER THE BENGALS WOULD: Be the Jaguars' first victory ever and be only the third time an expansion team has won one of its first two games. In 1961 the Minnesota Vikings won their first game and then lost their second, and in 1968 the Bengals lost their first game and won the second.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin led the Jaguars to two victories in five preseason games this year and is 0-1 during the regular season. Coughlin served as the head coach at Boston College from 1991 to '93, compiling a record of 21-13-1, with two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. 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).
Cincinnati head coach Dave Shula is in his fourth year with the Bengals. The son of Miami's legendary coach Don Shula, Dave Shula won his season opener last week over the Indianapolis Colts. It was the first time since Shula's rookie year as head coach that the Bengals won their first game of the season. In 1992, they won their first two games. His overall coaching record is 12-37.
JACKSONVILLE-CINCINNATI CONNECTIONS: Jaguars defensive coordinator Dick Jauron was a defensive back with the Bengals from 1978 to '80. He led Cincinnati with six interceptions in 1979. … Jacksonville OLB Santo Stephens spent last season with the Bengals, playing in 14 games and recording 13 tackles. … Cincinnati offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet was the head coach of the Jets from 1990 to '93 when current Jaguars DE Jeff Lageman and DT Paul Frase were Jets. Coslet named Lageman captain of the Jets for the 1992 season. … Jaguars CB Vinnie Clark is from Cincinnati, having played at Cape High, and G/OT Greg Huntington played at Moeller High. … The Bengals have four players on their roster who claim Florida as home, most notably starting QB Jeff Blake, who was born in Daytona Beach and now lives in Sanford. Other Bengals from Florida include starting S Darryl Williams, who is from Miami and attended the University of Miami; CB Corey Sawyer, who attended Florida State and resides in Key West; and C Greg Truitt from Sarasota … On the collegiate level, several Jaguars and Bengals share alma maters, including Bengals QB Jeff Blake, who was a classmate of Jaguars DE Ernie Logan at East Carolina … Bengals rookie RB Jason Burns and Jaguars DT Mike Thompson; Bengals C Greg Truitt played at Penn State with Jaguars G Greg Huntington and MLB Keith Goganious, who also was a teammate of LB Andre Collins. … Jaguars CB Vinnie Clark played at Ohio State with Bengals LB Steve Tovar. … Bengal WR Carl Pickens played at Tennessee with Jaguars RB Reggie Cobb, G/C Tom Myslinski and CB Dave Thomas. … Bengals TE Tony McGee played at Michigan with Jaguars WR Desmond Howard. … Jaguars TE Rich Griffith played at Arizona with Bengals DE Ty Parten. … Bengals S Bracey Walker played at North Carolina with Jaguars LB Reggie Clark and RB Randy Jordan. … In the NFL, Bengals RB Eric Bieniemy and Jaguars FS Darren Carrington were teammates on San Diego's 1994 AFC champions. … Bengals CB Mike Brim spent the 1991 and '92 seasons with Jaguars Jeff Lageman and Paul Frase when they were Jets. … Bengals TE Derek Ware is a former Cardinals teammate of Jaguars QB Steve Beuerlein. … Jaguars CB Rogerick Green spent two seasons (1992 and '93) with Bengals CB Roger Jones at Tampa Bay. … Jaguars P Bryan Barker spent last season with the Eagles along with Bengals RB James Joseph.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost their first regular season game in franchise history to the Houston Oilers 10-3. Although the Jaguars held Houston to 10 points, they generated only 152 yards on offense. Steve Beuerlein and Mark Brunell shared the quarterbacking duties for Jacksonville but were able to lead the team to only one field goal, a 26-yarder in the fourth quarter by Mike Hollis.
The Bengals won their season opener 24-21 over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime when Doug Pelfrey hit his fifth field goal of the game.
NOTES FROM THE OILERS GAME: PK Mike Hollis scored the first and still only points in Jaguars history with his 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Hollis had missed a 36-yarder in the second quarter. … Steve Beuerlein started at quarterback for Jacksonville, with Mark Brunell taking over midway through the third quarter. Altogether, Jaguars quarterbacks completed 10 of 26 passes for 75 yards. Beuerlein was 7 of 17 for 60 yards, and Brunell was 3 of 9 for 15 yards. They were sacked a total of 4 times for 24 yards in losses. … Brunell led the team's only scoring drive, in which 58 of the 66 yards were gained on the ground. … Brunell also led the Jaguars in rushing with 36 yards on 2 carries. James Stewart led the running backs with 25 yards on 6 carries (Stewart also led the backs in all five preseason games). Reggie Cobb had the most carries, 9 for 18 yards. Altogether, the Jaguars rushed for 101 yards and a fine 4.6-yard average on 22 attempts. … Desmond Howard led all receivers with 3 catches for 33 yards. In his first game against his former team, Ernest Givins caught 2 passes for 19 yards. … Howard also led Jacksonville with 2 punt returns for 16 yards. … Pete Mitchell started for Jacksonville in a double-tight end formation just seven days after being acquired in a trade with Miami. … Bryan Barker punted 8 times for a solid 43.1-yard average and a net average of 37.3, with 1 touchback, 1 inside the 20 and a long of 56 yards. … Jaguars kickers did a fine job keeping the ball away from Houston's Mel Gray, who had 3 punt returns for 20 yards and 1 kickoff return for 19 yards. … The Jaguars had 152 total net yards, and 51 net yards passing. … Jacksonville was penalized only 6 times for 30 yards. … The Oilers controlled the clock, with a time of possession of 35:44 to the Jaguars' 24:16 (11:28) advantage). The Jaguars did not have the ball for more than half of any quarter. … Corey Mayfield made the only fumble recovery, which was forced by James Williams, for the Jaguars. … LB James Williams led the Jaguars with 15 tackles (8 solos). Kelvin Pritchett and Mike Dumas had 10 tackles each, and Jeff Lageman, Joel Smeenge and Keith Goganious had 8 each. … The Jaguars penetrated the Oilers' red zone 3 times, getting one field goal, missing a field goal and losing a fumble. … The captains for the Jaguars' first regular-season game were: C Dave Widell, DE Jeff Lageman and CB Dave Thomas.
FROM COACH COUGHLIN ON THE HOUSTON GAME: ìIt was a great day. It was a tremendous football day. The weather was fabulous. The crowd was great. The scene and the setting were terrific. We had our opportunities. Time of possession was clearly dominated by Houston. Ten points should not beat you. We had an opportunity early on into the wind to make a play after we got a turnover (but) we didn't do anything with that. And with a very solid start of a drive in the third quarter we turned the ball over on the running play and took ourselves out of field position there as well.î
ìIt's a very frustrating experience today. We had opportunities to make plays on both sides of the ball with our hands on a couple of passes that might have made a big difference in the game, that might have instilled a little confidence in our ability to handle the blitz. But we didn't make those plays. We acknowledge that Houston won today and give credit where credit is due. We look forward to next week and being able to look at this tape and analyze it and come away from it with some necessary additions to what we're doing, to put ourselves in a position where we can win a game of this nature, a game in which we had every opportunity to and should have won.î
(on changing quarterbacks to Mark Brunell) ìIt was just for momentum at that time. Going down 10-0, I thought we needed a change. It was a gut feeling. The fact that we came in with Mark does not necessarily mean anything. I just told Steve (Beuerlein) we had to make a change right now. Steve was very disappointed, but he showed his class, and he knew what my thinking was there.î
ìYou have to make plays. Somebody has to make a play. We had opportunities. Despite very little showing in the first half, down 7-0 we felt very good about it. We had opportunities to move the ball but didn't do it. Time of possession was key here. Turnovers was one to one except for the very poor interception late when we were trying to mount a two-minute drive.î
(on Houston's opening drive) ìThey did an outstanding job; their offensive line did a very good job. Gary Brown, we had talked about being strong. We knew we would have to shut the run down and try to make it a one-dimensional game. We did get to the quarterback a few times, particularly in the first half. Following that drive, we settled down and made some adjustments and made some plays and kept their offense in check.î
(on losing James Stewart) ìThat was a big factor. We just weren't able to compensate for it. We didn't make a whole lot of things happen with the run after that. We started out decently in the run ourselves but after that we moved away from it. He's injured, and hopefully it's not serious.î
FROM JAGUARS PK MIKE HOLLIS, WHO SCORED THE FIRST POINTS IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: ìIt's great it was for the first score for the Jaguars, but I'm still not satisfied with it. It wasn't a very good kick on my part. It's satisfying that it went through, but in my mind I'm still not satisfied with that because I know I'm a better kicker than that. I've kicked better than that. It's great that I made it to start my momentum.î
FROM DE JEFF LAGEMAN: ìHow I played personally is kind of insignificant when you don't get a win. I'm kind of proud of our defense. Any time you hold your opponent to 10 points, that's pretty damn good, especially with an expansion defense. That's impressive. If we continue to focus on that part of it, as a defense, I think we'll do all right. Sometimes you have to look for the positive in it, and I think the way the defense played today is definitely where we have to look.î
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: ìWe didn't get things going. We made a lot of mental mistakes. I think that was our downfall -- we couldn't get anything going. You have to make plays when you play a defense like Houston. They're going to bring some pressure, and you have to be able to handle it. But I think the thing that hurt us were the things mentally, picking things up.î
FROM WR ERNEST GIVINS, WHO PLAYED AGAINST HIS FORMER TEAM: ìWhen I saw them come out, I thought of all the times I was with that organization, and all the guys I practically grew up with. It was like playing against my brother, my family. It felt real good. It hit me more emotionally than I thought it would, but I thought, ëHey, I got to go play now.' î
JAGUARS INJURY UPDATE: The only Jaguars player to get injured in the season opener is RB James Stewart (sprained shoulder), whose status is day to day.
Other players with injuries are: OT Tony Boselli (knee), TE Derek Brown (broken rib/lacerated kidney), DE Ernie Logan (wrist), and S Chris Hudson (groin).
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will play their second road game and first non-division game of the 1995 season against the New York Jets at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17. The Jets lost their opener to the Miami Dolphins 52-14 and will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Wednesday through Friday -- Lockerroom open to media 11:45 to 12:15; head coach Tom Coughlin is available at 12:15 Wednesday and Thursday and at 12:00 on Friday. There is no availability on Saturday.
Practices are being held at the two practice fields adjacent to the new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Check with the Jaguars' Communications Office in (633-6000) for the daily practice schedule and to schedule interviews.
INSIDE THE RED ZONE: The Jaguars penetrated the Oilers' red zone 3 times during the season opener, coming out with one field goal, one missed field goal and losing the ball on one fumble. The Oilers penetrated the Jaguars' red zone three times, coming away with one touchdown and one field goal. The game ended with Houston on the Jacksonville 18-yard line.
BOOTIN' BARKER: Punter Bryan Barker continues to punt extremely well. Last year, while with the Eagles, Barker led the NFC with a 36.3-yard net average. In his first game with the Jaguars, Barker punted 8 times for an average of 43.1 yards and a net of 37.3. In the five preseason games, Barker punted 25 times for an average of 42.9 yards and a 38.2 net average.
GIVINS MOVING UP: Jaguars WR Ernest Givins celebrated his 31st birthday last Sunday when he played against his former team, the Houston Oilers. He had 2 catches for 19 yards, In nine seasons with the Oilers, Givins caught 542 passes for 7,935 yards to rank high among the NFL's active statistical leaders:
Player Team Receptions Player Team Receiving Yards
Jerry Rice San Francisco 826 Jerry Rice San Francisco 13362
Andre Reed Buffalo 680 Henry Ellard Washington 11223
Henry Ellard Washington 671 Gary Clark Miami 10331
Gary Clark Miami 662 Andre Reed Buffalo 9603
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 544 Irving Fryar Miami 8116
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 7954
SMALL BUT DEADLY: The Jaguars have smallest starting receivers in the NFL in Ernest Givins (5-10, 180) and Desmond Howard (5-10, 181). In the season opener, they were the team's two leading receivers. Howard caught 3 passes for 33 yards and Givins had 2 receptions for 19 yards. ìSmall but deadly,î is how Givins describes the duo. In an era in which most teams are moving to taller and more physical receivers, the Jaguars start Howard at flanker and Givins at split end. ìBoth those guys have a knack for big plays,î said QB Steve Beuerlein. ìAnd we need to make sure they have the opportunity to make them.î
FIRST-ROUND COUNT: The Jaguars have eight players on their roster who were first-round selections in the college draft:
Player Pos. Year Team
Jeff Lageman DE 1989 New York Jets
Vinnie Clark CB 1991 Green Bay Packers
Kelvin Pritchett DT 1991 Dallas Cowboys*
Derek Brown TE 1992 New York Giants
Eugene Chung G/OT 1992 New England Patriots
Desmond Howard WR 1992 Washington Redskins
Tony Boselli OT 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
James Stewart RB 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Pritchett was traded from Dallas to Detroit on Draft Day.
DRAFT REPORT: Eight of the Jaguars' 10 draft picks this year made the roster for the opening game and all 10 are still with the team (one is on injured reserve and the other is on the practice squad).
Rd. Player Status
1a OT Tony Boselli Injured; will start at left offensive tackle when he returns
1b RB James Stewart Starting halfback
2a OT Brian DeMarco Starting right offensive tackle
2b MLB Bryan Schwartz Backup and special teams player
3 S Chris Hudson Backup safety
4a QB Rob Johnson Third-string quarterback
4b DT Mike Thompson Backup left defensive tackle
5 FB Ryan Christopherson Backup fullback and short-yardage runner
6 OT Marcus Price On injured reserve (knee)
7 WR Curtis Marsh On the practice squad
THE ORIGINAL 10: Here's an update on the ìOriginal 10î Jaguars who signed contracts with the team on December 15, 1994:
WR Shannon Baker -- Waived on August 13
SS Hillary Butler -- Waived on August 19
DE Ferric Colons -- Waived on May 1
C/G Greg Huntington -- Backup center/tackle and special teams starter
RB Randy Jordan -- Backup halfback and primary kickoff returner
DE Ernie Logan -- Backup left defensive end
OT Rickie Shaw -- Waived on August 19
DE Jason Simmons -- Waived on August 27
DE Ricky Sutton -- Waived on May 4
DT Chris Williams -- Waived on August 19
ROSTER NOTES: The Jaguars' roster includes 43 veterans, 3 first-year players and 10 rookies. … TE Gordon Laro was the only undrafted rookie to make the final roster. … The team's first 8 (of 10) draft choices made the active roster. … Only 18 of the 56 players on the roster are 27 years of age or older. 27 players are 25 or younger, and 11 are 26. … Only 19 of 56 players have four years or more of NFL experience (5th year or more) entering the 1995 season. 13 are rookies or first-year players, and 24 have 1-to-3 years entering this season. … The oldest player on the roster is P Bryan Barker at 31 (born 6/28/64), who is one month older than OT Bruce Wilkerson (7/28/64). WR Ernest Givins becomes the third 31-year-old on Sunday. Six players are 30 or older. … The youngest player, and the only one born after 1972, is 22-year-old QB Rob Johnson (3/18/73). … The tallest players, at 6-7, are veteran C Dave Widell and rookie OT's Tony Boselli and Brian DeMarco. The shortest player is 5-7 PK Mike Hollis. … The heaviest player is 323-pound OT Tony Boselli, followed closely by 321-pound OT Brian DeMarco. The lightest players, at 180 pounds, are PK Mike Hollis and WR Desmond Howard. … The current starting offensive line of C Dave Widell, G's Shawn Bouwens and Tom Myslinski and OT's Jeff Novak and Brian DeMarco, averages 6-5.4 in height, 301 pounds, 26.8 years of age and 2.8 years of NFL experience entering 1995. … The current starting defensive line of DE's Jeff Lageman and Joel Smeenge and DT's Kelvin Pritchett and Don Davey averaged 6-4.8, 273 pounds, 26.8 years of age and 4.8 years of NFL experience entering 1995. … The average age of the 56 players on the roster is 25.68 and the average NFL experience is 2.66 years entering 1995. … Of the 56 players, 20 were selected in the expansion draft, 8 from the college draft, 11 signed as first-year free agents, 12 as unrestricted free agents, 3 arrived via trades, 1 was claimed on waivers and 1 was an undrafted rookie. … Of the 56 players, 44 were drafted by the Jaguars or another team and 12 entered the NFL undrafted. … The only Jaguar with Pro Bowl experience is WR Ernest Givins (1990, 1992).
ABOUT THE STADIUM: The new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium has drawn rave reviews after its first three games:
NBC broadcaster Don Criqui: ìThere isn't a better football facility in America than Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. I've never seen a better facility. The natural field is a perfect playing surface.î
Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin -- ìWhen you stand at the base of this stadium, it's a magnificent stadium. It's the most beautiful place I've ever played in. This has to be one of the greatest stadiums in the country, bar none. Playing on grass, the weather, a brand new stadium. A great city. People who have waited years for a football team. I don't think there's a hotter place in the country than Jacksonville, Florida. This is tremendous.î
Rams coach Rich Brooks -- ìThis is a great stadium to play football in. The seats are close to the field, and the noise is very, very loud. We tried an audible and screwed it up because of the noise.î
Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver -- ìI think we've raised the bar on how stadiums are gong to be built in the future. The two magnificent Stadium Clubs are unique in any stadium. This stadium is already a candidate to host a Super Bowl game; all we need is the hotel rooms.î
FAX ON DEMAND: All Jaguars press releases can be obtained through the InfoConnection fax-on-demand system. To receive the Jaguars' press releases each week via fax, dial (404) 399-3066 on your fax machine and enter the NFL password: 7575. Key in the following numbers for the Jaguars release: 2801 -- weekly release; 2802 -- alphabetical/numerical rosters; 2803 -- depth chart; 2804 -- offense/defense stats; 2805 -- Tom Coughlin bio; 2806 -- transactions. Dial 1000 for an NFL directory of releases. Press releases will be available on Monday afternoons.
1995 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SCHEDULE
Sunday, Sept. 3 HOUSTON OILERS L, 3-10 72,363
Sunday, Sept. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Sept. 17 at New York Jets 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Sept. 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS 8:00 p.m. TNT
Sunday, Oct. 1 at Houston Oilers 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 8 PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 15 CHICAGO BEARS 1:00 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Oct. 22 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 5 Open Date
Sunday, Nov. 12 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Nov. 26 CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 3 at Denver Broncos 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 10 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 17 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Dec. 24 CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00 p.m. NBC
Home games in CAPS. All times are Jacksonville time.
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?????????THE B.C. CONNECTION: Three Jaguars played under Tom Coughlin at Boston College: TE Gordon Laro is a rookie free agent who played under Coughlin in 1993 after transferring from Michigan; MLB Tom McManus, a first-year player, played two seasons under Coughlin (1991 and '92); and TE Pete Mitchell, who was acquired in a trade with Miami on August 27, played under Coughlin from 1991 to '93. Mitchell had his best season under Coughlin in '93, catching 66 passes for 818 yards and 7 touchdowns.
STOPPIN' THE RUN: _________In the five preseason games, the Jaguars allowed only 462 yards rushing on 129 carries for a 3.6-yard average that would have ranked sixth-best in the NFL last year. Jaguars opponents had a long run of just 25 yards and no back gained more than 68 yards (Detroit's Ron Rivers). In fact, in three of the other four games, the opponent's leading rusher was stopped significantly (Carolina's Barry Foster 9 carries for 22 yards, Miami's Irving Spikes 9 carries for 25 yards and the Rams' Jerome Bettis 9 carries for 12 yards). Denver's Terrell Davis ran for 46 yards on 7 carries last week.
TICKET INFORMATION: A limited number of tickets still remain for the Jaguars-Oilers game. Seats in the South End Zone are available for $46, and seats in the North End Zone and the East Upper Deck Sideline are available for $35. For information, call (904) 633-2000.
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