New Itinerary for the Jags
Coach Jack Del Rio announced this week the Jaguars will fly to San Diego Saturday for Sunday's game.
That might not seem like a big deal, but Del Rio is trying to change things after the Jaguars were blown out on the West Coast in Seattle and San Francisco last season.
The Jaguars played at Seattle and San Francisco and, even though neither team made the playoffs, they routed the Jaguars by a combined score of 61-3.
Seattle beat the Jaguars 41-0 and San Francisco won 20-3, so Del Rio has decided to change his game plan for the trip to San Diego for Sunday's game.
Last year, they flew out on Friday instead of Saturday the way they usually do and spent two nights on the road.
The Seattle trip got off to a bad start. Former Jaguar Quentin Groves got into a car accident at the airport, missed the team flight, and had to fly on his own and was fined.
Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker then missed curfew Friday night, was suspended and missed the game.
So Del Rio has decided they are going to leave Saturday this time.
"We're going to land, meet, go to bed, wake up, get taped and play. It's going to be a short, tight business trip approach. A little different from how we went last year and clearly we need to be a lot better," Del Rio said.
Del Rio didn't try to sugar coat what happened last year.
"We played horribly last year on the road (2-6) and particularly on the West Coast so we've just got to rectify that," he said.
Del Rio told the players they have to "exorcise the demons."
The puzzling question is why they played so poorly on the West Coast.
One answer could be is that they don't make that trip very often.
They've played three times in Oakland, twice in Seattle, once in San Diego and once in San Francisco.
Their last West Coast victory was at Oakland in the final game of the 2004 season by a 13-6 margin
"I don't know exactly what the reasons were on why we didn't have better performances out there," quarterback David Garrard said. "The demons are just going out and getting the win, or just giving ourselves the chance to get the win. In both games (last year), we didn't give ourselves a chance to win at all."
Garrard said, "You travel out there and I feel great going into the game and I am sure everybody else feels great, but that's not what the scoreboard says. It's just execution and not beating ourselves. Whatever it is, I have a great feeling we're going to be fine."
SERIES HISTORY: 4th meeting. Jaguars lead the series, 2-1. They beat the Chargers, 24-17, in the last meeting between the two teams in 2007. In the only previous meeting between the two teams in San Diego, the Chargers posted a 34-21 victory in 2004.
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