Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars -

Notes and observations: 'We'll show you Sunday'


JACKSONVILLE – Malik Jackson has thoughts about how to defend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. So?

"A little bit of this, a little bit of that; we'll show you Sunday," he said.

Jackson, the Jaguars' Pro Bowl defensive tackle, played for the 2015 Denver Broncos when they beat Brady and the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. That was the Patriots' last postseason loss.

"I've been able to share what I learned," Jackson said Thursday as the AFC South Champion Jaguars (12-6) prepared to play the AFC East Champion Patriots (14-3) in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

Jackson said he had the Jaguars' video department download the 2015 AFC Championship Game onto the iPads of the Jaguars' defensive linemen with the idea of showing players such as defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. the Broncos' approach in that game.

The Broncos in that game pressured Brady with a front that included Pro Bowl edge rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

"I just told them the thought process we had going into that game as far as what we were thinking rushing Tom Brady and what we had to do to beat the offensive line,'' Jackson said. "I've shared a few tidbits, but these guys have been doing great all year so just continue to do what they've been doing and I'm not going to give them too much to overdo them."

Jackson said interior pressure from tackles such as him and fellow tackles Marcell Dareus and Abry Jones – and end Calais Campbell, who often rushes from the inside on passing downs – "is a huge part of the deal."

"That's why they have those stout offensive linemen in there," Jackson said. "Those three inside guys [Patriots guards Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney and center David Andrews] do a great job helping each other and keeping that pocket clean.

"Tom Brady likes to stand behind center and not move from that spot so it's up to us, me, Abry Jones, Calais [Campbell], Marcell to really move from that pocket and get him off that spot so these ends can run him down and get him.

"It's going to be a hard challenge, but nonetheless we have to get it done to win. We'll see."

Notes and observations from around EverBank Field Thursday:
*Weak-side linebacker Telvin Smith, among five Jaguars players speaking at the podium in AFC Championship Game press conferences Thursday, revealed that he was fined $10,000 for pointing at Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell during a 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a 45-42 Divisional Playoff victory this past Sunday.
"That's what's crazy," Smith said with a smile, and looking toward the cameras he said: "Let me talk to the cameras. NFL, please listen. I am sorry. I got the fine today. I apologize. I take the point back, the taunting. I'm a great player. I assure from now on …"

*Rookie running back Leonard Fournette discussed the Tuesday car accident that made headlines with no one being injured, saying that what made the incident "crazy" was the woman involved and her in-laws were Steelers fans. "They had pictures from the game and her in-laws didn't know who I was until everyone started taking pictures with me," Fournette said, adding that a worker at the scene asked him to sign the bumper from his car. "I wasn't worried about it because the bumper was on the ground and I was in the car waiting for the police to come," Fournette said. "He came out of nowhere and was like, 'Can you sign this for me?' 'You want me to sign a bumper?' And he was like, 'Yeah,' and I was, 'Like whatever …' It was cool." Fournette was asked if it was the first bumper he had signed. "The first and hopefully the last," he said.

*Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue on Brady: "It's not about sacking him, it's about making him uncomfortable … He's very, very precise in his decisions and he knows how to make checks real good. Like I said, we have to be on top of our game, and it's going to be probably one of the toughest games we've had to play this year." …

*Jackson on whether this Jaguars defense compares to the Denver defense that won the Super Bowl two seasons ago: "I think we compare very nicely. I think where we are right now is a special place, but we won't be able to see how we compare unless we go all the way. If we don't go all the way to the Super Bowl then what we've done this year will be all for naught and we will have to try again next year." …

*Free safety Tashaun Gipson missed practice Thursday with a foot injury, the only Jaguars player not practicing. Guard Patrick Omameh returned to practice after missing Wednesday with an illness. …

*Quarterback Blake Bortles (right wrist), Omameh and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (abdomen) all were on the injury report as practicing full while Fournette, strong safety Barry Church (shoulder) and Jackson (ankle) practiced limited. …

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content