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    Jones-Drew questions Jaguars offensive attack
    By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—Still reeling from a 41-0 loss at Seattle, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew(notes) lashed out at the team’s play-calling, its lack of offensive identity and its constant shuffling of offensive linemen.

    Frustrated? Try furious.

    In a 15-minute session with reporters Wednesday, Jones-Drew ripped several aspects of his team. He even called himself the second-highest paid “decoy” in the league, behind New Orleans running back Reggie Bush(notes).

    Jones-Drew acknowledged that his bitterness stemmed from the offense’s struggles and the humbling shutout in Seattle.

    “I don’t like to be embarrassed, so I do get upset about it,” Jones-Drew said. “You lead by actions. You can only say so much. You can talk to somebody until you’re blue in the face and they’re not going to do anything. But if you go out there and show why you’re upset and you try to do something to correct your mistakes, then they’ll pay attention.”

    Coach Jack Del Rio downplayed his star player’s discontentment.

    “He’s a supreme competitor, and we really love that about him,” Del Rio said.

    It was Jacksonville’s lack of competitiveness that set Jones-Drew off.

    The Jaguars had seven three-and-out possessions, two fumbles and a failed fourth-down conversion on their final 10 drives against the Seahawks. David Garrard(notes) was sacked four times and fumbled twice. Jones-Drew ran 12 times for 34 yards, and added five receptions. There were dropped passes, poor throws and a season-high nine penalties for 73 yards.

    “We have to figure out a way to be consistent,” Jones-Drew said. “The running game is like chess. The running game is your pawns. They don’t really mean that much in the beginning, but at the end, they surround the king and it’s check mate. That’s what the running game is.

    “We’re not going to break 30-yard runs every play. You’re going to get 2, 3 yards a pop. You might get a negative run, but (defenses are) going to respect the run game and that’s going to open up the pass game and open up the run game later on, where you’re going to be breaking 10-, 15-yard chunks.”

    Jones-Drew questioned the play-calling, especially when it was still a close game in the second quarter. The Jags ran Jones-Drew three straight times on first downs, then threw on every other down. Then, after Seattle went ahead 13-0 with 4:43 to play in the first half, Garrard dropped back to pass on three consecutive plays.

    “It just seems like now if we don’t get 30 yards (rushing), we just go away from it,” said Jones-Drew, whose 75 carries are far less than Garrard’s 169 passes. “I’ve never been a part of a team like that.”

    The Jaguars have typically been a physical, smash-mouth team that tries to run the ball no matter how many defenders are crowding the line of scrimmage. Jones-Drew and former teammate Fred Taylor(notes) formed one of the best 1-2 tandems in the league in 2006 and 2007.

    That changed last year, but mostly because of line injuries. Even though Jacksonville released Taylor in February, Jones-Drew thought the offensive philosophy would remain the same. Now, he’s not sure what to make of the offense.

    “I don’t know what it is. We’re still trying to figure out what our identity is right now,” Jones-Drew said. “As soon as we figure that out, I’ll gladly be able to let you guys know.”

    Part of the problem might be the line. The Jaguars have used three different starting lineups the last three weeks, and have shuffled rookie tackles Eugene Monroe(notes) and Eben Britton(notes) in and out of games.

    “That’s a big issue,” Jones-Drew said. “How can you get continuity, how can you get chemistry going on when guys are rotating in and out? That doesn’t happen.

    “It’s like ballroom dancing. You have to be able to move one way or another at the same time, fluently, otherwise you’re going to step on her toes and she’s going to step on yours. When your left tackle and left guard have been working together all week, and they’re starting to get this chemistry buildup … then you throw a guy in or you move a guy from here to here, you’re throwing off something.”

    The Jaguars definitely were out of step last week. And what they do the next three games against winless teams—St. Louis, Tennessee and Kansas City— could, at the very least, help determined the team’s direction.

    “Respect is all you can gain now,” Jones-Drew said. “It’s all about the respect. It’s not even about anything else. Do they respect us as an offense? That’s the question. And right now, no one respects us. We just got blown out. We didn’t put up no points. … Who respects that? What do you think St. Louis is going to come in here and do?

    “We have to go back and gain the respect of everybody in this league this week.”

  • #2
    Re: Jones-Drew Questions Jaguars Offensive Attack

    Hopefully Steven Jackson doesn't do this at all this year. I don't think SJax would because he's stepping up as a team leader but this comes off as very immature by Jones-Drew. You shouldn't insult players on other teams or your team like Reggie Bush when it's completely unprovoked just because you are frustrated by a loss. You can be frustrated but you just don't do that and I lost some respect for Mojo D today.


    • #3
      Re: Jones-Drew Questions Jaguars Offensive Attack

      No, I think the offensive line is more analogous to the pawns. Runningback is probably more like your queen.

      And offensive line continuity is clearly more like synchronized swimming then ballroom dancing.


      • #4
        Re: Jones-Drew Questions Jaguars Offensive Attack

        These teams sound like mirror images of each other. The Rams playing the hapless Jags will be just what the doctor ordered to stop the skid, or the Jags playing the hapless Rams will be just what the doctor ordered to stop the skid. Hopefully the Rams coming together as a team as opposed to the Jags starting to rip apart will be the difference.

        I don't know about anybody else, but I'm REALLY looking forward to this game.


        • #5
          Re: Jones-Drew Questions Jaguars Offensive Attack

          Ok The Jags have Jones-Drew--and who else note worthy as being an offensive weapon? No one jump out at me at this time. All I know is that during the pass off-season the Jags took a huge leap backward.

          The Rams wanting in so many areas have got them to where they are today. Too many needs in to many facettes of the game; sure the Rams got some of the needs addressed but are but a hanful of players short to be a contender.

          Regardless of this weeks contest, I would like to see a hard fought battle then a cake walk. You don't build toughness having everything handed too you. Now if you can get all 53 members mad about their performance over the pass 5 weeks as Jones-Drew is, the Rams would end the Season 10-5


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            by RamWraith
            Head Coach Scott Linehan

            September 19, 2007

            (Opening Remarks)

            “Drew (Bennett), he got all of practice in so there shouldn’t be any issue with him playing this week. He was limited some, but just because we kept him out of things. Marc (Bulger) had full participation in practice. He was limited a little bit in his throwing, but he should be fine. Tye Hill did not practice. Richie Incognito did not practice. Claude Terrell had full practice and Pisa (Tinoisamoa) was limited. We’re headed in the right direction as far as getting guys back on the field. There shouldn’t be any surprises, hopefully we don’t have another Thursday like we had last week. Tomorrow we should be okay.”

            (On G Milford Brown)

            “He’s fine. There was no problem with him recovering from post game. He was a lot better yesterday and he went full today.”

            (On T Alex Barron’s attributes)

            “His athleticism. He’s ability to match up against speed. He has enough size to anchor. The ends aren’t getting any smaller these days. You go against some pretty incredible athletes over there. He’s been going against some pretty good ones on the other side. It’s kind of 50-50. He’s at the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. That’s very important for your quarterback knowing he’s going to see things to his right and to his left. He has to count on that guy and Alex’s No. 1 ability is to pass protect. He’s become a lot better run blocker as he’s progressed in his career. His overall talent. He’s really improved since he’s played for us in the last two years, and certainly since he came in the league.”

            (On how to reduce the number of hits on the quarterback)

            “You have to do it. The No. 1 best way to protect your quarterback is the run game. We have to get our run game going. It has not been satisfactory in the first two games. That has to be our strength – for our football team to run the ball offensively and to stop the run defensively. If you get your run game going there is a certain amount of respect that the defense gives the run game and it definitely helps your pass protection and puts you in better third-down position which is critical when you get in third-and-long or extra long. It gets the defensive ends; I know our defense is much, much better, when we get in those long-area situations because we’re equipped that way as far as our speed and all that. Until we do that it’s going to be a concern. There are other ways, protection schemes. It’s not always match protecting or keeping lots of people in. There is timing of routes. Everyone knows we have a deeper design to a number of our plays, but we have to pick and chose when we do those as well.”

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          • RamWraith
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            by RamWraith
            Head Coach Scott Linehan
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            (Opening Statement and Injury Report) “Pisa’s (Tinoisamoa) elbow is getting better. He’s still going to be listed as questionable. He worked some things on a limited basis in a red jersey on the field. We’re obviously keeping Orlando (Pace) out. He’s doubtful at this point. He didn’t get any practice today. We’ll evaluate him and due a psych test on him tomorrow and make the evaluation then, exactly whether he’ll be ready for this weekend.”

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            (On players taking time off to recover from injury) “It helps, but I prefer that guys practice. If he can get something done Friday, we won’t do anything tomorrow. If he could get something done Friday, that would make us feel better. I’m more concerned with the fact that he is 100 percent. The plan is secondary to making sure he’s okay.”

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          • RamWraith
            Coach Scott Linehan December, 1, 2006
            by RamWraith
            Head Coach Scott Linehan

            December, 1, 2006

            (Opening Statement and injury report)

            “Everything is set; I don’t think there are any changes on our injury report. Nobody got any worse and the same guys are still out and I think that everybody we expect will be up.”

            (On Cardinals RB Edgerrin James not getting many carries in last week’s game)

            “I think they’ve been in some of those weird games like we were in a couple of weeks ago. I think they certainly intended on running more last week. I know it looked like they checked out of a lot of runs and got behind. Not many teams have run the ball very well against Minnesota, so they went with the same plan a lot of people had been doing and threw the ball. He’s still very dangerous and he got into a pretty decent rhythm and ran the ball pretty well against us last time, so that’s really what we’re looking at.”

            (On G Adam Timmerman’s status)

            “I think he’s fine. I don’t think he feels any different than he did last week. I think yesterday’s day off helped him. He’s beat up a little bit, so he’s just going to have to get as well as he can and get as many snaps as he can on Sunday.”

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            (On WR Willie Ponder returning kicks on Sunday)

            “Right now that’s the plan, to have him up and return unless something happens between now and Sunday as far as our depth. But I’d like to have him up.”

            (On University of Minnesota basketball coach Dan Monson’s resignation)

            “I did talk to him last night. I’m as always disappointed for anybody in this profession because I know how much time and energy people put into it. But sometimes things don’t work out. He did it right there. He went in and took over a program that was decimated by scandal and losing scholarships. He lost his two or three best players after their sophomore years and one after his freshman year. He had a hard road, but he battled and he’ll land on his feet. I told him just to be proud every time he sees the Gonzaga team playing well because he was the person that set that up. He’ll land on his feet and do a great job for whoever hires him.”

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            by RamWraith
            Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt

            (Opening statement)

            “I don’t feel any different than I did after the game last night. We let a great opportunity to win a football game get away with 1:30 left to go in the third quarter. It was a 10-7 game, we miss a tackle on a bootleg that should be a 4-yard gain, it goes for 33 yards, we give up a long third-down pass play for 35 yards and we have the guy triple teamed. You can’t win that way. Too many missed tackles on defense. The first half we go 28 plays and give up 100 yards, and then we have three plays that we give up, I think, 126 yards. Same plays, same guys playing the play. It’s about execution. So we’ll go back to work on Wednesday and find a way to get this thing done.”

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          • RamWraith
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            by RamWraith
            (Opening statement) “I think our players that were on the injury report have showed progress today. Got a little more work in, still limited somewhat, but it was good to get everybody back out there and getting some work. Yesterday they were a little bit sore, but I think all three of them got a significant amount of work in. Thursday practices for us are pretty taxing. We work a lot of different situations and there’s a lot of running, so it’s a pretty grueling one. They fight through it and we got a lot done.”

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