Jaguars Inside Slant

Last year, the Jaguars lost two offensive linemen for the season in the opener. This year, they lost a defensive lineman for the season in the opener This is a pattern the Jaguars don't like.

Vince Manuwai and Mo Williams went down in Tennessee in the opener last year and for the second time in four years, Jaguars defensive end Reggie Hayward has suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of the season.

Hayward, whose 2006 season was ended when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the opener against Dallas, went down with a broken fibula in his left leg late in the Indianapolis game Sunday.

Coach Jack Del Rio said Hayward, 30, will undergo surgery, probably on Friday, and will be sidelined the rest of the season, but said the injury shouldn't end his career. His current contract expires at the end of this season.

Hayward took a pay cut from $5 million to $1.75 million in the offseason to stay with the team. The deal also had incentives, which he now won't be able to reach.

Despite the pay cut, Hayward had shown such leadership qualities that Del Rio named him one of the team captains Sunday and Del Rio said Hayward wants to remain around the team once he heals.

"I spoke to him prior to going into the team meeting and said, "I'm going to miss you.' (He said) 'I'm going to miss you guys, too.' Once he's pain free, he'll be around. He wants to be a part of the team from a mental and spiritual standpoint."

Del Rio said the team hasn't decided how they'll replace Hayward. They could sign a player they've cut (Jeremy Mincey), bring in a veteran such as Travis LaBoy or sign a young player.

Del Rio said they'll have meetings to discuss all their options and they also have to decide if they'll stick with their version of 3-4, which they used against the Colts.

"We need a nickname," Del Rio said with a smile as he referred to the defense, a sign the Jaguars will stick with it.


--Derrick Harvey opened the game as a standup rush linebacker as the Jaguars went with the 3-4 defense. But the Colts seemed to target Harvey and ran successfully right at him when he wasn't dropping back into coverage and he didn't provide much on the pass rush.

Quentin Groves replaced him as a rush linebacker in the second half.

It appeared that Harvey, who got more than $17 million in guaranteed money when he was the eighth player in the draft, was benched, but the Jaguars didn't describe his time on the sidelines as a benching.

Coach Jack Del Rio said that Derrick Harvey wasn't benched in the second half and wound up with a total of 38 snaps compared to about 52 each for John Henderson and Terrance Knighton.

He said they "got stuck in personnel groups" because of the Colts' no huddle and couldn't substitute as much as they normally do. He added, "Derrick's a good player. He's working at it."

When Harvey was asked if he was disappointed about not playing more, "I supported my teammates. They did a good job."

Was he frustrated?

"I'll go back to work tomorrow (Monday), look at the tape and play hard next week," he said.

Harvey said he felt he played "good" in the first half.

--Defensive tackle John Henderson played a lot of defensive ends in the 3-4 and said, "I kind of like it. You get less double teams and there's more angles."

They got just one sack on Peyton Manning, but Henderson said. "We got pressure on him, but he just made great throws off his back foot."

--David Garrard and Byron Leftwich, who once battled for the Jaguars' starting job, continue to mirror each other's records.

Both lost Sunday as the Jaguars lost to the Cols and Leftwich's Tampa Bay Bucs lost to Dallas, leaving both quarterbacks with 24-23 career records.

Garrard didn't throw an interception and was sacked only once, but he had only a 61.9 quarterback rating as he completed 14 of 28 passes. Garrard also scrambled out of some possible sacks as he was being protected by two rookies tackles, Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton.

"I can do a better job of getting the ball out of my hands I still got to have a little bit of separation so that I can throw it down the field. Overall, I thought for their first time out playing against two top pass rushers I thought they did a pretty good job," Garrard said.

Del Rio didn't blame the pass protection as he said the rookie tackles (Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton) "for the most part played well and held their own" except for five examples of Freeney using his spin move.

Of Garrard, he said, "He missed some things. I don't think there's any question about that."

He then named some specific plays and was surprisingly candid in his review of Garrard.

"We had Nate (Hughes) down the seam, we had Troy (Williamson) open. We had some things I'm sure he'd like to have back. Mike Walker down there in the red zone and it sailed on him a little bit. I think he expects to play better overall. We expect to do better starting Sunday," he said.

When he was asked if Garrard needs to keep his eyes downfield, he said, "He's got to execute. We've just got to execute plays. If the plays are there, you've got to be able to take advantage of them. There are some things we feel we could have done better."

When he was told he appeared to be more critical of Garrard than he usually is publicly, he said, "I thought he missed some things he needs to do better for us to be the kind of offense we have designs on being."

He then added, "That's us. I think we need to be better across the board. We need to execute better and play at a higher level.

"You don't make those plays that are there, don't possess the ball, you don't get points and it ends up looking like it did yesterday. The third and fourth plays of the game should have been chunks of yardage, possible scores, but they weren't so you deal with what you have and you look to be better the next opportunity you get," he said.

Despite Del Rio's comments, the Jaguars don't have a quarterback controversy because backup Luke McCown didn't join the team until Sept. 6 and is still learning the playbook.

But the Jaguars are looking for Garrard to regain the form he had in 2007 when they went 11-5 and he had a 102.2 quarterback rating. Last year, they went 5-11 and he slumped to an 81.7 quarterback rating.

Against the Colts, he had only a 61.9 quarterback rating, which ranked 23rd in the league after the Sunday games.

Del Rio said, "Offensively, 12 points is not enough. The production must be better across the board."

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