Del Rio is a Glass Half Full Type of Coach

While discussing his eight-year tenure as the Jaguars' coach, Jack Del Rio would much rather discuss 2005 and 2007 than 2006 and 2009. In 2005 and 2007, the Jaguars made the playoffs, the only playoff appearances Del Rio has coached the team to in his first seven years.



By contrast, the Jaguars were 8-5 after 13 games and lost their last three and missed the playoffs.

Last year, they were 6-4 after 10 games, lost five of their last six and missed the playoffs.

And in 2004, they were 8-6 after 14 games and needed to win their last two games to make the playoffs. They split and missed again.

So now the question is which direction the team is going to go this year now that it is 6-5 after 11 games and three of their final five games are road division games.

The question is whether they finish strong the way they did in 2005 and 2007 or falter the way they did in 2004, 2006 and 2009.

"For us right know, it's all about finishing in December with our best football. We want to be like we were in 2005 and 2007 when we were able to win four of our last five and earn our way into the post season. I think if you look back at '05 and '07 we played good football and won in December, and that's what it's about right now. We're sitting here looking at having that very opportunity to do that, so that's where our focus will be," he said.

The Jaguars started out 4-3 in 2005 and won eight of their last nine. In 2007, they started out 5-3 and won six of the next seven and were able to hold out the regulars in a season-ending loss to Houston after they had clinched a playoff berth.

They've also lost eight road games in a row after Thanksgiving although Del Rio brushed off that fact.

"You could look for stats and find stats that are amazingly negative or very positive, and I would just say that depending on how you want to build your sample, you can find whatever you're looking for," he said.

Right now, with three road division games left on their schedule, they're looking for road wins.

SERIES HISTORY: 32nd regular season meeting. Titans lead series, 18-13. The Jaguars have lost four of the last five including a 30-3 loss in the first game this season at home. They also met once in the playoffs after the 1999 season in the AFC title game when the Jaguars lost 33-14. That year the Jaguars posted a 15-3 mark with all three losses coming at the hands of the Titans. In the first game this year, Vince Young was injured after throwing just five passes, one for a touchdown. Kerry Collins, who is expected to play for the Titans in this game, completed 11 of 16 for 110 yards and a touchdown. The Titans also outrushed them, 153-76 as Chris Johnson gained 111 yards in 26 carries.


Jags Illustrated Top Stories