Jaguars - Titans: Report Cards

The Jacksonville Jaguars made short work of their division rival Tennessee Titans. The Titans looked like a team that couldn't wait to get to the offseason, while the Jaguars had nothing to play for but showed why they're in the postseason with another convincing win. Here are the report cards for both teams.


PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus -- Quarterback David Garrard had a solid first half, passing for 128 yards while putting 27 points on the board, and Quinn Gray passed for 100 and two touchdowns in his NFL debut in the second half.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus -- With Fred Taylor and Greg Jones both inactive, LaBrandon Toefield stepped up and ran for 102 yards, the first 100-yard rushing game of his career.

PASSING DEFENSE: B-plus -- Third-string quarterback Matt Mauck was no match for the Jaguars as he had a 33.3 quarterback rating. Billy Volek threw for two touchdowns in the second half. It wasn't a true test for the defense because the Titans were so inept.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B-plus -- The Jaguars shut down the Titans' running game, as Travis Henry and Damien Nash carried 19 times for just 80 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- The Jaguars dominated the game, so the special teams didn't play a big role. Chris Hanson punted only twice, and Alvin Pearman and Derrick Wimbush combined for only five returns. Josh Scobee missed an extra point.

COACHING: B-plus -- Even though the game didn't mean anything to the Jaguars, the coaches had the team ready to play, including several young players who took advantage of their opportunities. On a day when several teams, including the Titans, mailed it in, the Jaguars played hard


PASSING OFFENSE: D-minus -- The Matt Mauck experiment was a nice idea that didn't work. He gave up an interception, lost a fumble and only threw for 65 yards before Billy Volek replaced him in the second half. Volek threw two late, meaningless TD passes. But out of the gate, the Titans were unthreatening to the Jaguars.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Never a threat, though the numbers at the end weren't too bad -- 22 carries for 99 yards. As per usual, the Titans got nowhere close to the 30 rushing attempts they crave because they were behind by so much so fast. Rookie Damien Nash's first carries looked good -- he took six handoffs and went 32 yards for a 5.3-yard average.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Titans allowed third-string QB Quinn Gray to throw two touchdown passes and surrendered 14 first downs by passes. The Jags drove effectively over and over.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- Shaun Alexander and Ricky Williams are one thing. But LaBrandon Toefield? The Jaguars' third-string back took 25 caries for 102 yards and a touchdown to become the eighth back (and fifth in a row) to go into triple figures against Tennessee. Poor tackling continued to be a problem.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Pacman Jones got caught by K Josh Scobee on his one big return, a 43-yarder. Otherwise he looked pretty flat. The Titans coverage was good. Ps Craig Hentrich and Chris Hanson broke about even. K Rob Bironas missed a late extra point that would have been his 100th point.

COACHING: F -- It was a big challenge to keep the attention of a team playing a meaningless game on the road for a second holiday weekend in a row, and only a handful of Titans really seemed to play to the end. It was good that Jeff Fisher benched Pacman Jones for his behavior, but in Week 17, shouldn't the rookie be past such temper tantrums?

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