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Not a passing grade


A passing attack that was always the Jaguars'' pride and joy is now a source of frustration and disappointment.

"I'm not happy with the overall production we've gotten from the passing game," coach Tom Coughlin said during his noon press conference today. Coughlin cited poor pass protection for quarterback Mark Brunell as the major problem in this past Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, but statistics would indicate the decline began at the precise moment Brunell suffered a concussion in the Oct. 13 game against the Titans.

"He's not played as well, but hopefully he's going to get better," Coughlin added of Brunell, acknowledging the possibility Brunell's personal statistical decline may be directly attributable to his injury in Tennessee.

But Brunell says no.

"The concussion has had nothing to do with the last two weeks, period," Brunell told reporters.

His passer rating has fallen 20.1 points since that game in Tennessee, and the Jaguars' pass-offense has dipped from 16th to 25th in the league, but Brunell refuses to use the injury as an excuse.

"I felt fine going in (to the Baltimore game). The doctors cleared me. Are the numbers the same? No," he said.

Brunell did offer Patrick Johnson's absence this past Sunday as one reason for the passing game's failures. "It makes an impact," he said.

Johnson (abdomen) was listed on the Jaguars' injury report today as "questionable" for Sunday night's game in New York. Coughlin said Johnson would participate in 25 percent of the plays in practice today.

"We need a win, regardless of how it affects us down the road," Brunell said of Sunday's game against the Giants. "(A) 4-4 (record) at the midway point is a big difference from 3-5," Brunell added.

Meanwhile, Coughlin said he's decided to stick with kicker Tim Seder, following conversations Monday and Tuesday with his special teams coaches. "He needed the minimum of another week to prove what he can contribute to our team," Coughlin said of Seder, who missed field goal attempts of 50 and 35 yards in the 21-19 loss to Houston.

"The effort is not at that fever pitch we had it at for Philadelphia," Coughlin added of his team in general.

As a result of this past Sunday's failures, the two-minute drill has come into sharp focus.

"It hasn't been as efficient as it used to be," Brunell said.

"There was plenty of time for a field goal. We should've at least gotten a long field goal (attempt)," Coughlin said.

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