Del Rio's Best Team

The Jaguars went 12-4 in 2005, but coach Jack Del Rio thinks his current team is better. He needed only five games to decide how this year's edition of the Jaguars ranks with his first four teams.

Del Rio said the Jaguars, who play host to the Indianapolis Colts next Monday night in a battle for first place in the AFC South, are the best team he has had in the five years since he became head coach in 2003.

The Jaguars went 12-4 in 2005, but coach Jack Del Rio thinks his current team is better.

He needed only five games to decide how this year's edition of the Jaguars ranks with his first four teams.

Del Rio said the Jaguars, who play host to the Indianapolis Colts next Monday night in a battle for first place in the AFC South, are the best team he has had in the five years since he became head coach in 2003.

"I think each year we've increased our talent base a little bit," Del Rio said after the Jaguars routed the Houston Texans, 37-17, Sunday for their fourth victory in a row.

"I think it's the best (coaching) staff I've had. I think we've systematically built it a little stronger each year," he said.

He also likes the way the team has approached this season and he hopes the up and down days of the past remain in the past.

"I think thus far through five weeks, I've seen a very solid approach to the process that's necessary to be good. That's where our focus has to remain," he said.

The Jaguars showed last year they can beat the Colts when they ran for 375 yards against them in a 44-17 rout.

But they then lost the last three games to miss the playoffs while the Colts went on to win the Super Bowl.

Now the challenge for the Jaguars is to prove they can play in a big game without getting too hyped up, which can lead to making mistakes.

Del Rio said the team has shown it can maintain its poise.

"I thought his past weekend there were examples where we were able to keep our poise and remained disciplined. I'm proud of the fact we had (only) three penalties in the game. We don't want to have any, but (three) means you're maintaining the discipline and the poise you need to have to continue to play at a high level," he said.

Del Rio's message to the team since the start of the offseason program was that the team has to be consistent each week and he'll continue to stress that message.

The Jaguars will show Monday night if they got the message.


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