Jack Del Rio Conference Call Highlights

Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio answered a dozen questions for the Indianapolis media about the development of his quarterback, the Jaguars' special teams, the importance of turnovers, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and more in this feature!

HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO

On David Garrard as starting QB...

"I think David has done a great job of growing within our system here. He's had some experience over the last several years. Coupled with the new quarterbacks coach (Mike Shula), he has done an outstanding job working with him in cleaning up some of the fundamentals and giving him some confidence in his reads. He's really taken his game to another level and done a great job for us."

On David Garrard's evolvement as a quarterback...

"I think the biggest thing is that this is his first real opportunity to be ‘the guy.' He is our trigger man, he is our starting quarterback there is nobody else challenging him it is his job. It's his opportunity to make the most of it and he's done a great job. I think the best thing about the whole situation is the fact that he's remained a very humble young man who continues to work hard, do all the right things, being a great teammate and doing everything he can to help us win games."

On David Garrard's likeability by his teammates...

"It has to help. We're all human beings so certainly it helps. First and foremost, they have to produce. It's hard to lead if you're not producing yourself. Obviously when your quarterback is producing well it's easier for the team to take the lead. If he's producing well and he's a good guy, all the more will the team have a reason to rally around a guy like that."

On the importance of being more consistent in their play...

"I think it really is about consistency, and having played for Tony (Dungy), I know he feels the same way. As big as this game is this week and as talented and elite as the Colts are, this game is not about them for us. It's really about us. It's about us preparing hard and going out and competing with poise and discipline and going out as a mature football team that's ready to just go out and compete at a high level and just play our best football. I think when we focus on that and when we focus our energies on preparing hard and being respectful and humble and going out and competing hard, I think good things can happen for us."

On how the team is responding to the emphasis on consistency...

"They have, and when you know you've got it going is when you've got veteran leadership kind of carrying the torch, so to speak, in the locker room for you. And I know we have that. Several of the veterans have been with me going into the fifth year and they understand the things that I believe in and what we're going to do, and they embrace that. I do feel like with the early season start we've had, it's been a much more focused, consistent approach to a process and I think we just want to stay true to that process."

On the level of maturity being displayed by the team...

"I agree for sure, because of some of the things we just spoke about. It started in the off-season with the commitment to teamwork in what we did throughout the OTA's. It just kind of carried on throughout the entire training camp and the beginning of this season. This is a team that understands the need to be consistent and the need to be professional and responsible. We've been accountable for each other, and that's a good sign."


RB Fred Taylor blocks for QB David Garrard
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On learning from past mistakes and finding a balance...

"We just know that's going to be important for us (balance). It's imperative for us that the bigger the moment gets that you be able to maintain your discipline and your poise, and certainly that's something we're striving for."

On how satisfying it was to defeat the Colts in Jacksonville last year...

"Well for about 24 hours is about all you get, then it's off to the next game. Obviously they took the game and 24 hours later they got ready for the next opponent and never lost again. I don't think they've lost yet, right? It was one game, it was one good day. We've had others. We'll have others in the future. Certainly they've had good days as well. To me it was something that occurred last year. It was one good day, one bad day. We played them twice, and we get another opportunity Monday night."

On the importance of the turnover battle and how it plays into their success...

"It's extremely important in the NFL to protect the ball yourself, not give it away; and defensively and on special teams find a way to take away from your opponent. There's no question if you look at the statistics throughout the ages winning the turnover battle goes a long way towards helping you win ballgames."

On the importance of limiting penalties...

"They were taking what the defense was giving them. They were dumping the ball off and taking the five yards here, six yards there, and they'd stayed consistent with what they were doing. Everybody played their role and they played together, and that's what we expected, with or without the other players."

On big plays in the kicking game and how they're momentum changers...

"I think you're hitting it right on the head. It's obviously an important aspect of a football game. The last two games we had last year illustrate that. They get a big punt return, they win the game. We get a big kickoff return, we win the game. I obviously think that the two teams that have talent there. They're (Colts) exceptional, and we're pretty solid, and special teams will play a big factor in this ballgame."

On the improvement of Maurice Jones-Drew...

"We're really pleased to have the one-two punch of Taylor (Fred) and Jones-Drew. They're both very exciting players obviously. Fred's been doing it for a long time he's approaching 10,000 yards, and Maurice is a very special young man. He's a great teammate and he works hard, and when he gets the ball in his hands, he's electrifying. I'm very pleased to have him here and very pleased with the start he has again this year."


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