Jaguars Game Tidbits

Find out the status of the injured Jaguars, why the game plan was so simple and why Luke McCown decided to throw the ball to Brock Bolen with the game on the line.

Injury Bug

The Jaguars saw a pair of starters go down for some significant snaps yesterday, as Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis and cornerback Derek Cox both left with various ailments.

"Injury-wise, the only two were Marcedes (Lewis) and Derek (Cox), and it doesn't appear like either one will be long-term so that's good news," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said.

Lewis injured his calf and JagNation sources say that he'll be just fine. As for Cox, BIg Cat Country editor Alfie Crow cites sources that say he will miss some significant time which would include Sunday's matchup against the New York Jets.

What about the other two missing starters, Eben Britton and Aaron Kampman?

"The guys that weren't able to play that we ended up holding back, we'll have an update as we go through the week here," Del Rio told reporters.

Game Plan is To Win

Several Jaguars fans were up in arms over the ultra-conservative offensive game plan employed by the team which saw the Jaguars run the ball nearly twice as often as they threw.

"I think we went out and executed the plan," Del Rio stated in his Monday press conference. "I think for us we controlled the line of scrimmage so well, we were able to control the time of possession, have it for almost 40 minutes and really keep them on the sideline and keep our football team out there wearing on them."

The game plan seemed to make sense, not only with Luke McCown's lack of experience but also with the Titans missing a pair of starters on their defensive line.

"That was part of the game plan," Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri said. "Jason Jones is a great player and they didn't have him today so we tried to exploit some of those things, but we're playing without a starting right tackle and a rookie at left guard, so they were looking at things to exploit themselves."

Exciting or boring, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio will keep or lose his job based upon wins and losses, not run to pass ratio.

Third-Down Decision?

The Jaguars decision to throw the football near midfield with just under two minutes remaining was certainly second-guessed following the game. On a 3rd and 5, and the Titans without times out, the Jaguars ran a pass play instead of running the ball up the middle and letting the clock run down.

"There are options out there," Jack Del Rio explained of the final throw. "Everybody's a potential target so that's the one he picked out."

The throw went incomplete as fullback Brock Bolen seemed to turn inside and the throw went outside. The play allowed the Titans an extra 40 seconds to try and win the game on their final drive.

"Brock's actually a pretty good football player," Del Rio explained when asked about McCown's decision to go to his fullback. "He's made some of the more amazing catches over the last couple years in practice and in the game's when he's been out there. So he's got good hands. He can catch it. We just didn't execute the play very well."

If you like the final call or not, you have to respect the Jaguars going for the jugular in that situation.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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