The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping that another week of practice will help in defeating the 4-10 Tennessee Titans this Sunday. The first meeting between the two teams ended with a 29-27 Jaguars victory.
The Jags may get some added motivation as longtime center and 14-year NFL veteran Brad Meester announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.
“It’s something I seriously thought about for a long time,” Meester said. “It’s been a tough decision for me because this is something that I love doing. … But the more and more I thought about it, the more I know that it’s time and I’m looking forward to that next chapter in my life and being able to spend some time with my family.”
The Titans, who are second in the AFC South, have yet to win a division game and Head Coach Mike Munchak is left scratching his head.
“We should have three division wins, but we don’t,” Munchak said. “We got to finish with two here. It does mean a lot for that reason. You’re battling for second in the division I guess or whatever that comes to at the end. We got to beat a team that has given us trouble.”
Great tickets and seats are still available for this weekends match up.
Head Coach Jack del Rio cannot pinpoint exactly what part of last season turned it to the dark side. Was it the loss for the season of two starting guards in the first quarter of the first game of the season or, the vicious attack and murder of tackle Richard Collier or center Brad Meester going down for the first two months of the season. Even the replacement guard signed at mid season( Chris Naeole) was injured in pre game warm ups. This would enough to take the strongest of teams down and the franchise is lucky the team finished at 5-11 and not further down.
The franchise looked upon the disappointing season with more than just apathy. They went through in the offseason and cleaned house of every player who was not a “character” guy. The team said goodbye to Fred Taylor, Paul Spicer and Mike Peterson. They also unloaded on ineffective players Jerry Porter, Dratyon Florence, Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Khalif Barnes and Gerald Sensabaugh.
The team has plugged most of the holes but are still unsure if a 32 year old Torry Holt is the answer at receiver and if Sean Considine can handle the strong safety position (which most every scout in the league says no).
Be sure to catch the preseason and get your season tickets to root your Jaguars on to the playoffs.