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Top of the Morning News, September 14, 2011


"The feeling around the Jaguars throughout training camp and preseason was the additions without question would improve a defense that ranked 28thin the NFL a season ago, and against the Titans, the additions made a major mark."

"The Jaguars feature a run-heavy offense that&39;s rushed for at least 100 yards in 89 of the 129 games Jack Del Rio has coached in Jacksonville. They had the league&39;s third-best rushing offense in 2010 and could have been better had Jones-Drew been healthy." The Times-Union

"McCown knows he&39;s a caretaker for the unprepared Gabbert, but he also knows he&39;s auditioning for 31 other teams at the same time. There are worse things in life than being a career NFL backup."

The arrow is pointing up for Jaguars running back Deji Karim.

Marcedes Lewis and Mike Thomas joined Jaxson de Ville as the A-Team pep rally at Southside Middle School.

Around the NFL

Pete Prisco of gives his updated power rankings. 

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"When Tebow entered the draft, scouts insisted he needed, one, maybe two, possibly three years of patient handling before stepping into a huddle. And even then, they weren&39;t sure he could make it. Well, this just in: the Broncos are listening. They pushed him back so he&39;s not in line as the next quarterback. They&39;re trying to do for Tebow what McDaniels should have done a year ago.  Which is to be patient."

"Some took that fresh start and ran with it, and some, not so much. Here&39;s a Week 1 scorecard of those players who began the process of relaunching their careers, and those who were seen wearing a new uniform but producing the same old disappointing result."

Mario Williams is excelling in his new role with the Texans.  USA Today.

Scouting the opponent

"Jetsquarterback Mark Sanchez was sacked four times and hit six in Sunday night&39;s 27-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys.After the game and on Monday, the Jets quarterback said he underwent precautionary tests, but he does not have a concussion."  The Star-Ledger

"Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew returns to the Meadowlands to face the Jets for the first time since he irritated legions of fantasy football players two years ago."  New York Daily News

"The Jets will be wearing their throwback Titans uniforms on Sunday vs. the Jaguars." New York Daily News

"He's an amazing little guy," coach Rex Ryan said, "and the more he plays — he just looks short to me — he doesn't look small anymore. He did a great job."   New York Post

"As he spoke at Jets headquarters Monday afternoon, Ryan was not in a state of disbelief — far from it, actually. Yet he did seem a bit stunned, stunned because the Jets’ 27-24 victory, however heart-pounding and stomach-churning as their wins often are, resembled none of the first 24 he celebrated as their coach."  The New York Times

"The pass-heavy attack was a departure from a typical Rex Ryan offensive approach, and the coach gave a reason for his change in philosophy."

Transcript of Rex Ryan's press conference on Monday.

"For openers, the New York Jetstook a walk on the wild side, letting Mark Sanchezthrow the ball like never before. Sometimes you have to let &39;er rip, and this was one of those times. But they can&39;t live that way, and they know it."

Tweet, Tweet

#Jets this week, which means instead of my friends in WI wishing me luck they ask me 2 get them @jimleonhard &39;s autograph...

@ATrain92 (defensive end Austen Lane)

I love my job, I wake up everyday with a smile ready to go to work and give my all........

@mnlockley (linebacker Mike Lockley)

Def tried to do too much with my phone and lost mad numbers lol worst part don&39;t know which ones lol. Oh well...

@BIGN98 (defensive tackle Nate Collins)

Del Rio also said most people who cover the team could see in training camp the #Jaguars defense would be good this year.

@taniaganguli (Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union)

Another one-week record: the eight touchdowns on combined kickoff and punt returns (five TDs on punt returns, three on kickoff returns).

@Mark Maske (Mark Maske)

Stat of the day

The 752 points scored on Kickoff Weekend tied for the ninth-most in a single week in NFL history and were the second-most ever scored on Kickoff Weekend. There were 89 touchdowns scored, tied for the sixth-most in a single week in NFL history and tied for the most ever on Kickoff Weekend (2002).


The Jaguars will hold one practice at the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields this afternoon.  Head coach Jack Del Rio will address the media at 2:45 p.m.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"Brock's actually a pretty good football player. He's made some of the more amazing catches over the last couple years in practice and in the games when he's been out there. So, he's got good hands. He can catch it. We just didn't execute that play very well."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on the final third down pass to Brock Bolen against the Titans

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