Jaguars Blanked

The Jaguars are 10-4 and one victory from a playoff spot, but they were blanked in the Pro Bowl voting.

The snub wasn't a surprise because their best candidate, running back Fred Taylor, faced stiff competition from LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie Parker and Joseph Addai.

As expected, Taylor was the first alternate for the second consecutive year and will go to Hawaii if one of the other running backs pulls out.

Quarterback David Garrard is the second highest rated passer in the league, but he didn't even make it as an alternate.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis, who made it last year when he had eight interceptions, only has one interception, but was a first alternate.

Defensive tackle John Henderson, who has twice gone to Hawaii as a first alternate, was a second alternate.

Fullback Greg Jones was a first alternate.

Middle linebacker Mike Peterson, who has been out the last month with a broken hand, was a second alternate.

The problem for the Jaguars is that even though they've won 12, 8 and 10 games the last three seasons, they haven't won a playoff game since 1999 when they routed Miami, 62-7. Their only playoff appearance since then was a 28-3 loss to New England.

Now it's up to the Jaguars players to go deep in the playoffs if they're to show they deserved to have players in the Pro Bowl.


Jags Illustrated Top Stories