Playing for Pride

The Jaguars will now show how well they can play for pride. Find out which front office personnel might be on the hot seat.

With their playoff hopes virtually dashed by a 24-14 loss to Tennessee that dropped their record to 4-6 last Sunday, they play the first of six virtually meaningless games against the Minnesota Vikings this week.

Even coach Jack Del Rio said the playoffs are now a "very remote possibility" after the loss to the Titans.

But the Jaguars, who are now 1-4 at home, have the challenge of showing they can keep things from falling apart now that they've been virtually eliminated.

In Del Rio's first season in 2003, they started out 1-7 but finished with a 4-4 record in the final eight games to set the stage for a 9-7 mark in 2004 and a 12-4 2005 playoff record in 2005.

But this season, the Jaguars were widely touted as having a shot at the Super Bowl after becoming the first team ever to win two games in Pittsburgh in one season after they posted their first playoff victory since 1999.

But the offseason moves they made, notably the signing of cornerback Drayton Florence and wide receiver Jerry Porter and trading away four draft picks this year and another next year to draft Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, failed to pay any dividends.

In the loss to the Titans, Porter started but made just two catches and Florence, who is now playing nickel back, gave up a 56-yard touchdown pass to Justin Gage that enabled the Titans to take a 17-14 lead in the third period. And Harvey started for veteran Paul Spicer, but had just one tackle.

The Jaguars are now likely to make a lot of changes in the offseason. Owner Wayne Weaver said in an interview last week that he doesn't feel the team needs to rebuild and can be a contender next season.

Del Rio is safe because he got a four-year contract extension in the offseason, but vice president/player personnel James Harris could be vulnerable because the team has drafted only one player who's made the Pro Bowl (Rashean Mathis) in his six years of running the draft.


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