THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars, still seeking their elusive fourth victory of the season, make their longest road trip of the season to Denver to face the Broncos at 4:00 EST Sunday at Mile High Stadium. The Jaguars have a 3-9 record following a last-minute 17-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Broncos are 6-6 after losing to the Houston Oilers 42-33 on Sunday.
RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, with Brian Sexton calling the action and analysis by Matt Robinson and Deron Cherry. Jennifer Kumik and Bill Riley, sports director of WOKV, handle 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, 27, 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 Charlie Jones and Randy Cross.
THE SERIES: This is the first regular-season game ever between the Jaguars and Broncos. The two teams did meet in the final game of the preseason, with Jacksonville winning 23-17.
A VICTORY OVER THE BRONCOS WOULD: Give the Jaguars their fourth victory of the season and break the previous record for most wins by an expansion team in NFL history (the Carolina Panthers already have five victories this season).
THE OPPONENT: The Broncos were original members of the American Football League, starting play in 1960. They took 14 years to have a winning season, but they have since played in four Super Bowls. They went to their first Super Bowl after the 1977 season, and then three times in four years following the 1986, '87 and '89 seasons. Denver was 7-9 in 1994, losing its last three games before turning over the reins to new head coach Mike Shanahan this year. The Broncos are quarterbacked by John Elway, who is in his 13th season as one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks. Elway has passed for 217 touchdowns and 40,648 yards. The Broncos are 6-6 so far this season, but they are currently tied with Miami for the third and final wild-card playoff spot.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin has led the Jaguars to three victories so far this season. He became head coach of the NFL's newest franchise on February 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. Coughlin 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 25 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). He was a member of the Giants' 1990 Super Bowl XXV champions coaching staff.
Denver coach Mike Shanahan is in his first season as the Broncos' head coach, following three years as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, who won last year's Super Bowl. Previously, Shanahan served as offensive coordinator of the Broncos (1991), Denver's quarterbacks coach (1989-90), head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and for the first four games in '89, Denver's offensive coordinator (1985-87) and Denver's receivers coach (1984). He was also an assistant coach at the University of Florida from 1980-83. He has an overall coaching record of 14-18.
JACKSONVILLE-DENVER CONNECTIONS: Former Broncos who are now on the Jaguars are WR Cedric Tillman and C Dave Widell, and LB Ryan McCoy was on the Broncos' practice squad last year. … Denver head coach Mike Shanahan was an assistant coach at the University of Florida (offensive coordinator in 1980-82 and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 1983). … The Denver Broncos boast three players from the state of Florida: second-year TE Dwayne Carswell (Jacksonville, University Christian High School), RB Derrick Clark (Apopka) and PK Jason Elam (Fort Walton Beach). … Jaguars RB Randy Jordan played with Broncos S Rondell Jones and LB Ray Jacobs at the University of North Carolina … Denver's C Tom Nalen attended Boston College, where he was coached by the Jaguars Tom Coughlin and played with Jaguars MLB Tom McManus and Pete Mitchell. … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell played at Washington with Broncos DE Harald Hasselbach … Denver's CB Eric Thomas played for the New York Jets with Jaguars DE Jeff Lageman and DT Paul Frase … Jacksonville FS Harry Colon, DT Kelvin Pritchett, and G Shawn Bouwens all played with the Broncos CB Ray Crockett while they were with the Detroit Lions … Jaguars DT Don Davey was a teammate of Denver S Tim Hauck at Green Bay… Jaguars OT Jeff Novak and Broncos RB Aaron Craver were teammates with the Dolphins … And Jaguars radio broadcaster Matt Robinson was a Broncos quarterback in 1980.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost in the final minute of play for the second straight week, falling 17-13 to the Cincinnati Bengals when Carl Pickens caught a 5-yard pass from Jeff Blake with 17 seconds remaining. The winning touchdown came four plays after a 34-yard pass interference call on Jacksonville. Steve Beuerlein started at quarterback for the first time since the fifth game of the season and finished his first complete game with the Jaguars. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 245 yards and 1 TD. However, the Jaguars missed several scoring opportunities -- with a fumble at the Bengals' 3-yard line and two missed field goals (one was blocked).
The Broncos lost 42-33 to the Oilers in Houston. Going in to the game with the No. 4 offense in the NFL, Denver was outdueled by Houston, which was ranked No. 24. John Elway completed 27 of 41 passes for 332 yards and two long touchdowns to Anthony Miller. Rookie Terrell Davis rushed for 110 yards and one TD for the Broncos.
NOTES FROM THE BENGALS GAME: The Jaguars lost their fifth game of the season by a touchdown or less and their second straight game that was decided in the final minute of play. … Steve Beuerlein started at quarterback for the first time since the fifth week of the season and finished his first game ever as a Jaguars quarterback. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 245 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Beuerlein's passing yardage total was the second-highest of the season for a quarterback and the team's total was the third highest. … For the first time all season, Jaguars quarterbacks did not have a rushing attempt. … Vaughn Dunbar led Jacksonville rushers with 37 yards on 12 carries. James Stewart, who started at halfback for the first time since October 15, ran 5 times for 30 yards and caught 2 passes for 28 yards. … TE Pete Mitchell led the team's receivers for the second straight week. He had 5 catches for 69 yards. WR Jimmy Smith made his first NFL start and had 4 receptions for 55 yards and the team's lone touchdown. It was his first career TD catch. Ernest Givins also had four catches, totaling 41 yards. … Mike Hollis kicked 2 field goals in 4 attempts (one was blocked) and had 1 extra point for 7 points total. The blocked field goal was a first in a Jaguars game. Hollis continues to be the only Jaguars player to score in every game. … Bryan Barker punted 4 times and for a 46.0-yard average with 1 inside the 20. … The Jaguars played their first 11 games without a linebacker making an interception, but they got three of them against Cincinnati. Linebackers who made interceptions were: Keith Goganious (the 1st of his career), Joel Smeenge (also the 1st of his career) and James Williams (3rd of his career). The three interceptions set a team single-game record, but led to 0 points (punt, missed field goal, blocked field goal). … Bengals QB Jeff Blake's passer rating of 41.7 was the lowest by an opposing quarterback vs. the Jaguars this season. … Smeenge started his first game at outside linebacker after 10 starts at left defensive end. Don Davey moved from right defensive tackle to left end, and Corey Mayfield made his first NFL start at right tackle. In all, only 3 players on defense (Kelvin Pritchett, Vinnie Clark and Mickey Washington) started in the same position as they started the previous week… Bryan Schwartz led the team with 13 tackles (4 solos). Following him was Keith Goganious with 12 tackles (9 solos). … The Jaguars scored 2 of the 3 times they penetrated their opponent's red zone, coming away with 2 field goals and losing the ball on a fumble. Cincinnati was 3 for 4 (2 TD's, 1 field goal and an interception). … The only players who suited up but didn't play were QB Rob Johnson, CB Tommy Johnson, G Tom Myslinski and WR Cedric Tillman. Not active were: QB Mark Brunell, QB Brad Goebel, RB Randy Jordan, CB Rogerick Green, DE Jeff Lageman, G Eugene Chung, WR Willie Jackson and DT Mike Thompson. … Jaguars captains were: CB Vinnie Clark, G Jeff Novak and LB Santo Stephens. … The attendance was 68,249, with 4,751 unused tickets.
FROM COACH COUGHLIN ON THE BENGALS GAME: ìObviously, it was a very, very tough loss for us. It's was a very difficult time in the lockerroom because anytime you make that kind of an effort and you hold an outstanding offensive team to 17 points and you have turnovers, you feel like you should win the football game. But that's the way it is. Did I think we ever had it? You don't ever know until the game's over. Not at this level and the way people can use the clock. The quality of the play and the effort was outstanding. The ìWî is not there, and that's what's most frustrating of all.î
(on new players replacing injured players) ìThere was great effort, and many people stepped up and showed what they're made of -- outstanding character. We played probably as hard as we can play. There were mistakes -- there's always going to be mistakes. One of the things we talked about this week was being able to eliminate the errors, stop shooting yourself in the foot, before you can beat someone. Obviously we didn't do that.î
(on the pass interference call on Travis Davis) ìThere's not a whole lot I can say. I just don't think a game should be decided by a penalty. I don't think there's any way you can read between the lines on the rule. If that wasn't a catchable ball, both people were going for the ball, the legs being tied up, we've seen that a number of times without a call. I'm not going to comment on the call. We need to play better so those situations don't come up. Every play is critical to us. We can't make an error, because without scoring a lot of points you can't make many mistakes.î
(on Steve Beuerlein) ìHe was very confident. He did some good things. Again, no one person has the responsibility of winning or losing. We had some opportunities. We didn't make many plays in the red area that would have given us touchdowns rather than having to go for field goals. So we all share the blame for that.
ìLosing is hard on everybody. It's a great test of courage. We're paying a heckuva price. Games we can win, for one reason or another, we're not winning because of errors. It's difficult to go in the lockerroom when those guys have poured it out and didn't get any reinforcement for it. But this is the price we're paying right now. People who are making these errors will not make them in another year and another time. We'll be a better football team. The whole idea is to win; it's not to be competitive. I'd feel a whole lot better if we had two or three more wins.î
FROM QB STEVE BEUERLEIN: ìGames like that everybody looks at what they could have done differently and how maybe you could have had one more play here or there that might have made a difference. That's what makes it tough, because I don't think any of us really felt like they stopped us a whole lot. We had a lot of key breakdowns and mistakes that stopped ourselves, and we've been saying that for a while. It's a shame because we felt like we were playing OK. But if we could eliminate those mistakes we could have put more points on the board.î
(on not converting in the red zone) ìWe just have to keep getting better. There's no doubt the turnover on the first drive was a big play. That hurt us, and no one feels worse than Ryan (Christopherson) does about that. There were a lot of our key plays in the game that could have kept drives going and would have given us the chance to make some plays. We made a lot of good plays today, but we didn't make the ones that we needed to make in the red zone. I don't know how many times we got down and we don't have enough to show for it on the scoreboard.î
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on his first career touchdown) ìSteve throws a great deep ball, and you couldn't ask for a better pass. He threw it where the defender couldn't get it, and all I had to do was stick my hands out there and catch the ball.î
(on two tough losses the last two weeks) ìWe got to go up, and it's got to get better. We're in it down to the last minute, and then some bad thing happens. We just have to keep our head up and keep working hard and we'll get better. We have to learn to minimize our penalties, and we'll be successful and have a good season.î
FROM S TRAVIS DAVIS: (on the pass interference call) ìI thought I made a good play. I looked around and saw a flag on the ground. Actually, at first, I thought the call was on the offense, because our feet got tangled.î
FROM DT COREY MAYFIELD: (on the loss) ìIt's disappointing, and we wish we could have pulled it out. We just have to keep working and get ready for next week. We have to look at the films this week, prepare and go out and execute. It's disappointing we keep losing these close games, but we've got to keep coming, and next week we're going to be playing to win.î
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is LB Keith Goganious, who had 12 tackles (9 solos), one interception and two passes defensed.
JAGUARS INJURY UPDATE: The only player who suffered an injury against Cincinnati was DT Ray Hall, who had a pectoral strain. His status will be updated later in the week, as will that of QB Mark Brunell (strained right hamstring), DE Jeff Lageman (sprained foot), WR Willie Jackson (sprained knee and ankle), CB Rogerick Green (sprained ankle) and RB Randy Jordan (sprained ankle).
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 EST Sunday, December 10 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. It will be the first meeting ever between the two teams.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday -- Lockerroom open to media 11:45 to 12:15; head coach Tom Coughlin is available at 12:15. Friday -- Lockerroom open 11:45 to 12:15, with Coughlin at 12:00 noon. There is no availability on Saturday. Tuesday is the players' day off.
Practices are being held at the two practice fields adjacent to the new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Check with the Jaguars' Communications Office (633-6000) for the daily practice schedule and to schedule interviews.
ROSTER MOVES: On November 21, the Jaguars signed QB Brad Goebel and activated LB Bernard Carter from the practice squad, and they released G Greg Huntington and placed LB Mark Williams (shoulder) on injured reserve. They also signed WR Harrison Houston to the practice squad. On November 22, the Jaguars signed LB Jamal Cox to the practice squad.
EXPANSION DIVISION RECORDS: The Jaguars have a record of 3-4 in the AFC Central and would become the first expansion team to record a .500 divisional record in their inaugural season if they beat Cleveland in the final game of the season. No expansion team has finished .500 in its division until at least its third season. Following is a list of expansion teams ranked by earliest .500 divisional year (the Carolina Panthers are currently 2-4 in the NFC West):
Expansion First Divisional .500 Division
Team Year .500 Season Record_____
Miami Dolphins 1966 3rd, 1968 4-3-1, AFC East
Cincinnati Bengals 1968 3rd, 1970 3-3, AFC Central (won division)
Seattle Seahawks 1976 3rd, 1978 4-4, AFC West
Minnesota Vikings 1961 4th, 1964 6-5-1, NFL Western Conference
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976 4th, 1979 6-2, NFC Central (won division)
Atlanta Falcons 1966 5th, 1970 3-2-1, NFC West
Dallas Cowboys 1960 6th, 1965 6-6, NFL Eastern Conference
New Orleans Saints 1967 8th, 1974 3-3, NFC West
Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 ??? ???
STATS AND SUCH: The Jaguars have thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game since the season opener. … Jacksonville ranks third in the AFC in touchdown percentage inside the red zone. In 12 games, they have scored 18 touchdowns in 32 possessions inside the 20 for a 56.3 percentage (they also have 11 field goals). The only AFC teams ahead of the Jaguars are Cincinnati (58.3) and Seattle (57.1). Three NFC teams also rank ahead of Jacksonville. … The Jaguars have won 3 of the 4 games in which they have held opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing. Jacksonville lost to the Jets (79 yards), but beat the Oilers (91), Steelers (68) and Browns (89). … The following 8 players have started every game: C Dave Widell, G/OT Jeff Novak, OT Brian DeMarco, DT Kelvin Pritchett, DT Don Davey, CB Vinnie Clark, CB Mickey Washington and S Harry Colon. … Through 12 games, the Jaguars are 1-5 at home, 2-4 on the road, 3-4 vs. the AFC Central, 3-0 when scoring first, 3-2 when scoring on their first possession, 3-1 when leading at halftime, 0-2 when tied at halftime, 0-6 when trailing at halftime, 2-1 when leading after three quarters, 1-8 when trailing after three quarters, 2-2 when scoring 20-plus points, and 3-3 when allowing 20 or fewer points. The Jaguars are also 2-3 when they have a time of possession of 30:00-plus, 1-2 when they make no turnovers, 0-2 when they have no takeaways, 2-2 when they have a plus-turnover ratio, 1-2 with an even turnover ratio, and 0-5 when they have a minus-turnover ratio. … The Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the first (51-44) and fourth (77-69) quarters, while being outscored in the second (50-90) and third (19-64) quarters. … In the last 9 games, Jacksonville has lost the ball only 12 times, with 14 takeaways. … Mark Brunell, who missed the Cincinnati game with a strained hamstring, continues to lead the Jaguars and all NFL quarterbacks in rushing. He has 410 yards on 60 carries, with a 6.8-yard average that leads the NFL. He ranks 19th among AFC rushers, one spot ahead of James Stewart, who has 382 yards. Brunell also ranks 12th in the AFC with a 77.3 passer rating. … DE Jeff Lageman also missed the Bengals game with a foot injury, ending his team-leading streak of 33 consecutive games started. The longest current streaks now belong to CB Mickey Washington (32 games), C Dave Widell (29) and DT Kelvin Pritchett (27). … With 7 points vs. Cincinnati, PK Mike Hollis is 11th among kickers in the AFC in scoring. He has 65 points. … P Bryan Barker's 44.2-yard gross average is tied for 4th in the NFL, and his net average of 39.0 is 3rd in the NFL. Barker's 67 punts are the 4th most in the league. … The Jaguars' 6.9-yard average on opponents' punt returns is 5th in the league. … Desmond Howard is tied for 3rd in the AFC and tied for 8th in the NFL in punt returns with a 10.6-yard average (23 for 244, 40 long). … Jimmy Smith is the only wide receiver who has played in every game.
LAGEMAN THE LEADER: Jaguars DE Jeff Lageman is bidding to be his team's leader in sacks for the 4th time in the last 5 seasons. Lageman, who missed last Sunday's game against Cincinnati with a foot injury, currently paces the team with 3 sacks. He notched team-highs with the New York Jets in 1991, 1993 and 1994. After posting a career-best 10 sacks in 1991, Lageman missed all but 2 games in 1992 before coming back to get 8.5 sacks in 1993 and 6.5 in 1994.
BRUNELL STILL IN FRONT: Though he missed last Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, Mark Brunell, with 410 rushing yards leads all NFL quarterbacks. In fact, Brunell's yardage total already exceeds the top mark by a quarterback in 1994. Last season, San Francisco's Steve Young ran for 293 yards. The NFL record is 968 yards by Chicago's Bobby Douglass in 1972.
BARKER IS NO. 2 PUNTER IN NFL LAST TWO SEASONS: Jaguars P Bryan Barker has the second-highest net punting average in the NFL over the last two seasons. In fact, Sunday's game between the Jaguars and the Broncos matches the NFL's two best punters over the last two seasons.
In the last two years, Barker's net average of 37.7 yards ranks second only to Denver's Tom Rouen, who has a 37.8-yard net average. Those two punters outdistance every other punter in the NFL, including Rick Tuten and Reggie Roby, who punted in last season's Pro Bowl game.
Last week against the Bengals, Barker punted 4 times for a 46.0-yard average, including a 59-yarder that went out of bounds at the Bengals' 4-yard line. For the season, he has punted 67 times for an average of 44.2 yards, tied for 4th in the NFL and above his career best of 43.3 in 1993 while with Kansas City. Barker's net average of 39.0 yards is 3rd in the NFL and far above his previous best of 36.3 yards in 1994, which led the NFC when he was with Philadelphia. The Jaguars have allowed their opponents to return 36 punts for a total of only 248 yards -- a 6.9-yard average that is 5th best in the NFL.
With four games to go in the 1995 season, Barker is trying to take over first place as the best net punter in the NFL. But he's also bidding for another recognition: No expansion team has ever sent its punter to the Pro Bowl.
Here are the two-season statistics of the NFL's two best net punters over the last two seasons:
Rk. Player No. Yards Gross Avg. TB In20 Blk Ret. Yards Net Avg.
- Tom Rouen, Den. 115 4949 43.0 10 43 0 58 398 37.8
- Bryan Barker, Jax. 133 5660 42.6 12 33 0 73 406 37.7
The rest of the top 10 are: 3. Lee Johnson, Cin. ( 37.2), 4. Jeff Feagles, Ariz. (36.7), 5. Rick Tuten, Sea. (36.5), 6. Rich Camarillo, Hou. (36.3), 7. Klaus Wilmsmeyer, N.O. (36.2), 8. (tie) Reggie Roby, T.B. and Dan Stryzinski, Atl. (36.1), 10. Mike Saxon, Minn. (36.0).
INSIDE THE RED ZONE: The Jaguars continue to be one of the NFL's best teams inside the red zone. Against Cincinnati, they scored 2 of the 3 times they penetrated the Bengals' 20-yard line. In 12 games, Jacksonville has reached the red zone 32 times and scored 29 times, coming away with 18 touchdowns and 11 field goals (they also had one missed field goal, an interception and a fumble). Jaguars opponents have scored 37 times in 44 possessions inside the 20-yard line (20 touchdowns and 17 field goals). On goal-to-goal situations, the Jaguars are 15 of 17, with 11 touchdowns and 4 field goals. Their opponents are 16 of 17, with 10 TDs and 6 FG's.
GIVINS MOVIN' UP: WR Ernest Givins has 13 receptions in the last 3 games. With every catch he makes, Givins moves up on the list of active receivers. In nine seasons with the Oilers, he caught 542 passes for 7,935 yards, and so far he has 28 catches for 263 yards and 3 TD's with the Jaguars. Here is where he ranks among active players:
Player Team Receptions Player Team Receiving Yards
Jerry Rice San Francisco 905 Jerry Rice San Francisco 14528
Henry Ellard Washington 712 Henry Ellard Washington 11971
Andre Reed Buffalo 697 Gary Clark Miami 10750
Gary Clark Miami 691 Andre Reed Buffalo 9810
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 570 Irving Fryar Miami 8662
Ernest Givins Jacksonville 8197
JAGUARS STILL HAVE NFL'S BIGGEST OFFENSIVE LINE: The Jaguars have the tallest starting offensive line in the NFL and the fourth heaviest.
The Jaguars' starting offensive line averages 6-6.2 inches in height and weighs 308 pounds. Only the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Washington Redskins weigh more than the Jaguars.
In fact, Jacksonville's smallest starting offensive lineman (LG Shawn Bouwens, who is 6-5, 293) is taller than the average lineman on all but five teams in the NFL.
ìSize matters, but what's important is production,î says Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. ìSize is an advantage in certain situations, and you'd like it to be a major plus.î
Jacksonville has three starters who are 6-7, and in the entire NFL there are only 13 players who are 6-7 or taller. Here is a breakdown:
Rk. Team Avg. Ht. Avg. Wt. Rk. Team Avg. Ht. Avg. Wt.
- Jacksonville 6-6.2 308 16. Miami 6-4.2 297
- Cincinnati 6-6.0 296 17. Indianapolis 6-4.2 293
- Seattle 6-5.4 305 18. San Francisco 6-4.2 279
- Oakland 6-5.2 306 19. Dallas 6-4.0 319
- N.Y. Giants 6-5.0 295 20. N.Y. Jets 6-4.0 309
- Cleveland 6-4.8 307 21. St. Louis 6-4.0 301
- Chicago 6-4.8 305 22. Houston 6-4.0 294
- Kansas City 6-4.8 300 23. Minnesota 6-3.8 293
- New England 6-4.8 294 24. Green Bay 6-3.6 299
- New Orleans 6-4.6 294 25. Arizona 6-3.4 300
- Denver 6-4.6 289 26. San Diego 6-3.4 299
- Washington 6-4.4 309 27. Pittsburgh 6-3.4 295
- Detroit 6-4.4 293 28. Tampa Bay 6-3.4 294
- Atlanta 6-4.2 301 29. Philadelphia 6-3.0 302
- Buffalo 6-4.2 298 30. Carolina 6-2.4 300
YOUNG UP FRONT: The Jaguars' starting offensive line is also one of the youngest in the NFL, with two rookies and one other player who had never started an NFL game until this season. Here's a look at the experience of the line:
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Age NFL Starts Starts before '95 Year in NFL
LT Tony Boselli 6-7 323 23 8 0 1st
LG Shawn Bouwens 6-5 293 27 38 33 5th
C Dave Widell 6-7 308 30 62 50 8th
RG Jeff Novak 6-5 296 28 11 0 2nd
RT Brian DeMarco 6-7 321 23 12 0 1st
FIRST-ROUND COUNT: The Jaguars have eight players on their roster and another on injured reserve 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 (on I.R.) TE 1992 New York Giants
Eugene Chung G/OT 1992 New England Patriots
Vaughn Dunbar RB 1992 New Orleans Saints
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 (two are on injured reserve).
Rd. Player Status
1a OT Tony Boselli Starting left offensive tackle
1b RB James Stewart Has started 7 of 12 games at halfback
2a OT Brian DeMarco Starting right offensive tackle
2b MLB Bryan Schwartz Starting middle linebacker
3 S Chris Hudson On injured reserve (groin)
4a QB Rob Johnson Third-string quarterback
4b DT Mike Thompson Backup defensive tackle
5 FB Ryan Christopherson Backup FB and short-yardage runner; has 1 TD run
6 OT Marcus Price On injured reserve (ankle)
7 WR Curtis Marsh Backup wide receiver and kickoff returner
ABOUT THE STADIUM: The new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium has drawn rave reviews (in 6 regular-season home games, the average attendance is 70,497):
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
Steelers owner Dan Rooney: ì(Jacksonville is) the most enthusiastic place I've ever seen. (The stadium has) been an impetus to the community like you've never seen. You could say that's money well spent.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
Packers RB Edgar Bennett, a native of Jacksonville: ìIt's a beautiful stadium. You've got to tip your hats off to them. It's real nice. Definitely an upgrade.î
Bengals general manager Mike Brown: ìThere are a lot of things to impress us about this stadium. The club seat arrangement, the sight lines -- really everything about it.î
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COACH OF THE YEAR: For the first time ever, fans can vote for the first-ever official Visa Coach of the Year Award using the telephone or the Internet.
By telephone, fans can call 1-500-NFL-COACH. Each call costs a maximum of 25 cents per minute, depending on the time of the call. The length of each call will be 2-3 minutes, as fans are led through the selection process by a voice-response unit.
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1995 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SCHEDULE
Sunday, Sept. 3 HOUSTON OILERS L, 3-10 72,363
Sunday, Sept. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals L, 17-24 48,318
Sunday, Sept. 17 at New York Jets L, 10-27 49,970
Sunday, Sept. 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS L, 14-24 66,744
Sunday, Oct. 1 at Houston Oilers W, 17-16 36,346
Sunday, Oct. 8 PITTSBURGH STEELERS W,20-16 72,042
Sunday, Oct. 15 CHICAGO BEARS L, 27-30 72,020
Sunday, Oct. 22 at Cleveland Browns W, 23-15 64,405
Sunday, Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers L, 7-24 54,516
Sunday, Nov. 12 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS L, 30-47 71,290
Sunday, Nov. 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L, 16-17 71,629
Sunday, Nov. 26 CINCINNATI BENGALS L, 13-17 68,249
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.
JAGUARS HAVE SECOND-BEST EXPANSION DEFENSE EVER: The Jaguars have allowed only 267 points in 12 games. That ranks second when compared to the eight previous expansions teams in NFL history. The fewest points allowed is an average of 21.4 by the 1968 Cincinnati Bengals. In addition, the Jacksonville defense has allowed more than 30 points in a game only once all season. Here is a statistical breakdown:
Team Year Allowed Games Avg. 31
Cincinnati 1968 299 14 21.4 4
Jacksonville 1995 267 12 22.3 1
Miami 1968 362 14 25.9 3
Seattle 1976 429 14 26.8 6
New Orleans 1967 379 14 27.1 3
Atlanta 1966 397 14 28.4 6
Minnesota 1961 407 14 29.1 7
Tampa Bay 1976 412 14 29.4 6
Dallas 1960 370 12 30.8 6
THE OFFENSE IS NO. 3: The Jaguars currently rank in a tie for third among the highest-scoring offenses on NFL expansion teams. Through 12 games, the Jaguars have scored 197 points, an average of 16.4 per game.
Team Year Points Games Average
Minnesota 1961 285 14 20.4
New Orleans 1967 233 14 16.6
Jacksonville 1995 197 12 16.4
Seattle 1976 229 14 16.4
Miami 1966 213 14 15.2
Dallas 1961 177 12 14.8
Atlanta 1966 204 14 14.6
Cincinnati 1968 175 14 12.5
Tampa Bay 1976 125 14 8.9
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: When compared to the 8 expansion teams in NFL history, a number of Jaguars players rank highly. Here is a listing of the Jaguars' leading in 8 different statistical categories as compared to the team leader for the previous 8 expansion teams in NFL history (the statistics for the Jaguars' players are for 12 games, while other players are for the entire season):
Team Player Year Att. Comp. Yards TD INT Rating
Jacksonville Mark Brunell 1995 278 158 1581 11 6 77.3
Minnesota Fran Tarkenton 1961 280 157 1997 18 17 74.5
Cincinnati John Stofa 1968 177 85 896 5 5 60.8
New Orleans Gary Cuozzo 1967 260 134 1562 7 12 59.9
Tampa Bay Steve Spurrier 1976 311 156 1628 7 12 57.1
Dallas Eddie LeBaron 1960 225 111 1736 12 25 53.4
Seattle Jim Zorn 1976 439 208 2571 12 27 49.2
Atlanta Randy Johnson 1966 295 129 1795 12 21 47.9
Miami Dick Wood 1966 230 83 993 4 14 30.4
Team Player Att. Yards Avg. TD
Cincinnati Paul Robinson 238 1023 4.3 8
Atlanta Junior Coffey 199 722 3.6 4
Minnesota Hugh McElhenny 120 570 4.8 3
Seattle Sherman Smith 119 537 4.5 4
Tampa Bay Louis Carter 171 521 3.0 1
Miami Joe Auer 121 416 3.4 4
New Orleans Jim Taylor 130 390 3.0 2
Jacksonville James Stewart 109 382 3.5 1
Dallas L.G. Dupre 104 362 3.5 3
(Note: Quarterback Mark Brunell is actually the Jaguars' leading rusher, with 410 yards on 60 carries)
Team Player No. Yards Avg. TD
Seattle Steve Largent 54 705 13.1 4
Minnesota Jerry Reichow 50 859 17.2 11
New Orleans Danny Abramowicz 50 721 14.4 6
Atlanta Alex Hawkins 44 661 15.0 2
Jacksonville Willie Jackson 41 381 9.3 2
Cincinnati Bob Trumpy 37 639 17.3 3
Dallas Jim Doran 31 554 17.9 3
Tampa Bay Morris Owens 30 390 13.0 6
Miami Dave Kocourek 27 320 11.9 2
Team Player XP XPA FG FGA Pts.
New Orleans Charlie Durkee 27 27 14 32 69
Jacksonville Mike Hollis 20 21 15 20 65
Minnesota Mike Mercer 36 37 9 21 63
Cincinnati Dale Livingston 20 20 13 26 59
Miami Gene Mingo 23 23 10 22 53
Atlanta Lou Kirouac 19 24 9 18 46
Seattle John Leypoldt 19 22 8 12 43
Dallas Fred Cone 21 23 6 13 39
Tampa Bay Dave Green 11 14 8 14 35
EXPANSION KICKOFF RETURNERS
Team Player No. Yards Avg. TD
New Orleans Walter Roberts 28 737 26.3 1
Miami Joe Auer 28 698 24.9 1
Minnesota Tommy Mason 25 603 24.1 0
Atlanta Ron Smith 43 1013 23.6 0
Tampa Bay Rod McNeil 17 384 22.6 0
Cincinnati Warren McVea 14 310 22.1 0
Seattle Oliver Ross 30 655 21.8 0
Jacksonville Willie Jackson 17 368 21.6 0
Dallas Tom Franckhauser 26 526 20.2 0
EXPANSION PUNT RETURNERS
Team Player No. Yards Avg. TD
Jacksonville Desmond Howard 23 244 10.6 0
Minnesota Tommy Mason 14 146 10.4 0
Dallas Bill Butler 13 131 10.1 0
Atlanta Ron Smith 11 80 7.3 0
Tampa Bay Danny Reece 20 143 7.2 0
Seattle Lyle Blackwood 19 132 6.9 0
Miami Bob Neff 10 60 6.0 0
Cincinnati Essex Johnson 22 111 5.0 0
New Orleans Walter Roberts 11 50 4.5 0
Team Player No.
New Orleans Dave Whitsell 10
Miami Willie West 8
Minnesota Rip Hawkins 5
Atlanta Jerry Richardson 5
Seattle Dave Brown 4
Roland Woolsey 4
Dallas Don Bishop 3
Tom Franckhauser 3
Cincinnati Jess Phillips 3
Tampa Bay Mark Cotney 3
Jacksonville Harry Colon 2
Team Player No. Avg.
Jacksonville Bryan Barker 67 44.2
Cincinnati Dale Livingston 70 43.4
New Orleans Tom McNeil 74 42.9
Dallas Dave Sherer 57 42.5
Miami George Wilson 42 42.1
Atlanta Billy Lothridge 73 40.7
Tampa Bay Dave Green 92 39.3
Minnesota Mike Mercer 63 39.0
Seattle Rick Engles 80 38.3
FUTURE PRESS RELEASES
THE LAST TIME: (info on the last time the two teams played / use for CLEV release)
TICKET INFORMATION: A limited number of upper deck sideline and end zone tickets still remain for $35 and $46. For information, call (904) 633-2000.
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 -- Waived on November 21
RB Randy Jordan -- Backup halfback who scored the first TD in franchise history vs. Cincinnati
DE Ernie Logan -- Backup left defensive end; started Week 5 vs. Houston
OT Rickie Shaw -- Waived on August 19
DE Jason Simmons -- Waived on August 27 but placed on the practice squad on August 28
DE Ricky Sutton -- Waived on May 4
DT Chris Williams -- Waived on August 19