Behind Enemy Lines With Maurice Jones-Drew

This week's "Behind Enemy Lines" feature provides you with a unique look at the Jaguars. In this exclusive interview with rookie running back Maurice Jones-Drew, you'll get an insider's perspective on how the Jaguars week has progressed, the mood of the team, and Maurice's personal observations about the Colts.

ET: The Colts were rumored to have pretty serious interest in you prior to the draft. Do you personally have any additional motivation in this game since the Colts didn't select you before the Jaguars did? Or does that kind of thing not really enter your mind?

MJD: I kind of take everything personal; not only did the Colts didn't pick me, but the Houston Texans didn't pick me with the number one pick. Every time I go out there I try to do something to show a team that I have a little personal grudge, but that's just me, that's how I play the game. I haven't really gotten a chance to do anything yet; I'm just waiting my turn and watching Fred and learning and trying to get a chance to go in there and play.

ET: You played a tough, physical game against the Steelers Monday night and did a great job. But you guys are coming off of a short week. How big of an impact does that have?


MJD: Not that bad of an impact. Coach Del Rio did a real good job of letting us get our bodies back. We had Tuesday off and had shorts on Wednesday, and today we went shells, then tomorrow we go shorts; so it really hasn't been that physical, it's mostly mental. I'm just speaking from what I've heard, but they say the Colts' offense isn't that complex -- it's more of a situation where if you're right with the defense you've called, you'll at least be able to contain them; you probably won't stop them, but you'll be able to contain them. Then on defense, the Colts don't blitz a lot, but when they do they blitz with a purpose. It's different from when we played Pittsburgh because Pittsburgh was more of a smash-mouth, run the ball down your throat, every now and then throw a trick play in here and there…and when they're on defense, they're blitzing all day. So it's more of a mental game when you play Indy and I think he's really worked on that this week with us.

ET: After mentally and emotionally gearing up to play the defending Super Bowl champs, is it tougher to reach that same pitch for another tough opponent like the Colts? As big as that game was, it doesn't get any bigger than this one with the AFC South lead on the line…

MJD: No we're professionals now, it's not like we're in high school. When you're in college it doesn't really happen anymore. In high school you get too pumped up for one game and everyone is still thinking about that one game. We're professionals now so each week it gets bigger. In the NFL anyone can lose at anytime, it doesn't matter how bad a team plays the week before.

ET: Is there sort of an attitude with the Jaguars club? They're a very emotional group, you see them make a tackle and you'll see them standing over top of a guy. They really hit people in sort of a take-no-prisoners approach. Does Coach Del Rio instill that or do you think the team has just sort of adopted that personality over time?

MJD: He instilled it in a way, but we have guys on our team like Mike P (Peterson), Marcus Stroud, Deon Grant, Donovin Darius and basically the whole defense who like to hit. Mike P loves to talk trash, so if you're going to be around him, you've gotta say something.

ET: Let's talk about Mike, since he's a former Colt is he really wound up about this week's game?

MJD: He's always wound up about playing the Colts for some reason, I don't know (laughs).

ET: I'm sure that has something to do with the fact of him leaving there, but it's worked out great for him. The Colts had him at outside linebacker and in Jacksonville he got the opportunity to be a middle linebacker, and he's doing a great job there.

MJD: Yeah he's a great player.. He knows what's going on and plays like a linebacker who has great instincts.

ET: After watching the film of the Colts, what impresses you the most about their defense?

MJD: They are fast! This is by far the fastest team I think we'll play. We were just watching the first four plays against the Houston Texans and it was like two sacks and two forced fumbles. So it just shows you that their defense gets after you.

ET: If you get the opportunity to get out there at running back, you'll likely get to see those speed rushers up close and personal. Are you ready for the likes of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis?

MJD: I've got no choice but to be; it's my job to go out there and be ready for it. So that's what I'm going to do, go out there and play and perform.

ET: Have you watched much special teams tape this week, and if so has anyone really jumped out at you from the Colts' coverage teams?

MJD: Number 94, Rob Morris, he's a real good one, he's around the ball all the time. Mike Doss plays a lot on special teams and he's real good. Everyone on the team plays real good. I met the special teams coach (Russ Purnell) before the draft, so I know what he's all about. It's going to be a great game, it's going to be a dog fight, so we're going to have to get ready for it.

ET: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us and the fans?

MJD: I've got to do a little good-natured trash-talking during this interview for a moment about Antoine Bethea since we have the same agent (Adisa Bakari). He won't take this seriously anyway…..Watching the Giants game, and watching the Houston game he's been ballin' a lot out there. So there's going to be kind of a competition to see who is the best client for Adisa. I hope he knows I'm going to have to pull that one out anyways, so it doesn't matter…we'll certainly see. To the fans, I just want to say it's going to be a great game, I hope everybody tunes in -- it's going to be a great show.


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