From The Other Side, Part 2

To find out more about the Dolphins' opponent this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars, we checked in with JagReport.com Publisher Charlie Bernstein. In Part 2 of this three-part series, we take a look at the Jaguars defense and special teams.

Q: Is the Jaguars pass rush as anemic as the team's total of 12 sacks would indicate?

Charlie Bernstein: The numbers don't lie. Derrick Harvey has been coming on in the past few weeks, but there really is nobody else who can rush the passer.

Q: Is DT John Henderson the same force he has been in years past?

CB: Although Henderson isn't the same player he was just a few seasons ago, his career has been revitalized by the presence of rookie tackle Terrance Knighton, who may have been the steal of the draft. Henderson still demands a double team from some of the lesser interior linemen in the league.

Q: CB Rashean Mathis doesn't seem to be having as good a year as usual; is it pretty much all injury-related?

CB: The stats can't truly reflect Mathis' level of play, as most teams are careful about throwing to his side. Mathis has been sidelined quite a bit this season, but when he's playing he's a top 10 corner.

Q: Is there any hope that 2008 first-round pick Derrick Harvey eventually will blossom, or does the defensive end just look like a draft bust?

CB: I'm not sure if Harvey is ever going to be a 15-sack type of guy, but he's already the team's best pass rusher and he will be a solid pro with a long career. The guy has had to switch positions three times already in his career (4-3 end to 3-4 end to 3-4 OLB, back to 4-3 end) and he's still learning. He may never justify an eighth-overall selection, but he is a good football player.

Q: Have the Jaguars at any point considered bringing in another kicker considering Josh Scobee's mediocre 15-for-23 showing on field goals?

CB: Scobee is having a tough year, but he's very good on game-winning kicks and has a strong kickoff leg. In a big situation the coaching staff trusts Scobee, and the only way they'd bring in another kicker is due to injury.


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