Even with a big lead, Jaguars can’t change their spots

By Adam Sweeney  |   Monday, November 17, 2008  |  Comments( 1 )

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A quick bit of advice to head coach Jack Del Rio and the Jacksonville Jaguars: Never celebrate when you have an early lead against a good team. Trust me, I grew up in Houston and watched the greatest comeback of all time when the Buffalo Bills rebounded from a 35-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers, 41-38, in January 1993, 38-35.

Commentary: On Sunday, Jacksonville had a 14-3 lead against the Tennessee Titans heading into halftime and still somehow found a way to give up 21 unanswered points in a 24-14 loss. What happened to the team that surprised everyone last season by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs? A shoddy offensive line is one thing, but this is a team that has barely been able to put together a complete game.

The worst part of it all is the fact that Jaguars QB David Garrard, who is known for his ability to protect the ball, tossed an interception and amassed just 135 yards. That is not exactly what you want from a QB who's being paid huge money. But it's about par for the course in 2008 for the Jaguars, who are one of the NFL's biggest disappointments at 4-6.

Fan Pulse:
Why stop giving Fred Taylor the ball after an impressive first half against the Titans? That's what some of Jags Nation wants to know.

Fantasy Football Commentary:
Yours truly was an advocate for trading Maurice Jones-Drew a few weeks ago. New recommendation: After his 93-yard, two-touchdown effort Sunday, keep or trade for him. He has nice matchups coming up against the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts.

Injury Watch: LB Mike Peterson played special teams and was a backup after being sent home last week for conduct detrimental to the team.
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About Adam Sweeney

Adam Sweeney spent 4 years as an opinions and arts & entertainment columnist with the Lone Star Lutheran, also working with Sports Illustrated.com. Along with his work on Realfootball 365 he currently is a contributor for Film School Rejects, SLAM Online, Talkhoops.net, and C-Heads Magazine.
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