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Top of the Morning News, Monday, September 26, 2011

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"He's on pace for a 1,600-yard season, his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and possibly his first rushing title. He's done all this after he played on a sore knee last season, missing the final two games. He's proved he's made a complete recovery from offseason surgery."  The Times-Union

 "Considering the circumstances, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert handled himself well Sunday.  He showed some poise a lot of the time. He didn't appear overwhelmed."  jaguars.com

"Watching rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert lead his team down the field with 62 seconds left in the game, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio turned to defensive end Aaron Kampman and marveled at what he thought he was about to see."  The Times-Union

"Jones-Drew, the Jaguars' two-time Pro Bowl running back, said whatever good might have seemed on the verge of happening for the Jaguars on the soggy soil at Bank of America Stadium Sunday, it was washed away amid of a downpour of lost opportunities and disappointment."  jaguars.com

"Eben Britton made his first start of the season at a position he never played before.  Britton was the Jaguars' left guard, replacing rookie Will Rackley who started at left guard during the preseason and in the team's first two games."  The Times-Union

"It's my responsibility as a head coach. I've got to make sure that my offensive players [and] my offensive staff can come out of a review and execute in that situation,'' Del Rio said. "I put that one on me because they didn't handle it right. That's my responsibility to have my team prepared in that situation."  The Times-Union

"For the first time in the regular season, rookie Cam Newton showed he was human. The No. 1 pick was sailing passes several feet over his receivers and looking nothing like the quarterback who began his career with back-to-back, 400-yard passing performances." Charlotte Observer

"Newton had 15 pass plays of 20 or more yards in his first two games but zero Sunday. Both those contests resulted in 400-yard passing games and seven-point losses."  Charlotte Observer

"Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio wasn't blaming this loss on the officials, but he probably had a valid point that referees could have been more pro-active during a late-game review." Charlotte Observer

"In that sort of rain, there's nothing you can do," said Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who caught the winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. "Even towels don't do any good." Charlotte Observer

Around the NFL

Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.  CNNSI.com

Don Banks of CNNSI.com examines action from week three.

John Clayton of ESPN.com does the same.

The Colts fell to 0-3 on a last second field goal by the Steelers.  Indianapolis Star

The Titans won their second straight game despite losing wide receiver Kenny Britt to injury.  The Tennessean

The Texans lost in a shootout at New Orleans.  Houston Chronicle

Tweet, Tweet

Almost isn't good enough...but I suppose Failure means an opportunity to succeed...back to work! Thanks for the support today! #jagfans

@MarcedesLewis89 (tight end Marcedes Lewis)

Always stinks to take a L. Must continue to grind to be better and seek Success.

@MikeThomasJAX (wide receiver Mike Thomas)

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. -Abe Lincoln

@Chukwu77 (guard/center Uche Nwaneri)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars rank fourth in the NFL in total defense (280.0 avg.) and fifth against the run (83.7).  Offensively, the Jaguars are 28thin the NFL with 261.0 yards per game and sixth in rushing (134.3).

The last word

"Football is a game of leverage. In the running game, you have to have all 11 guys doing their job and getting the guy out of a hole. That's what our offensive line, tight ends, (fullback) Greg Jones was doing. Our wide receivers were downfield making great blocks. We were able to open some holes up, which was nice. Really, when it gets in that type of atmosphere, you have to be able to stay. You can't make those wild cuts you see, guys running halfway one way, stopping on a dime. You have to keep everything underneath you. We practiced with that this week a little bit in Jacksonville, kind of figuring it was going to rain, but not thinking it was going to do that type of rain.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on if the weather played to his advantage

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