Something is Brewing in Jacksonville

After the Jaguars got off to an 0-2 start which included a blowout loss at home to NFC Champion Arizona, there was certainly more talk about the coaching staff being fired and quarterback being replaced than the Jaguars in the postseason. Boy, have things changed.

Since that loss in week two to Arizona, the Jaguars are undefeated at home and have won seven of their last ten games. The Jags have their fans thinking playoffs and rightfully so, even if their head coach is sticking to his cliché's.

"I think as a football team we recognize that we've got three quarters of our season behind us," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "We played well enough in those three quarters to be in the hunt. I'm going to go back to that cliché but we are just taking them one day at a time, one play at a time, one opponent at a time."

If the Jaguars can continue with another victory at home, this weekend against Miami, they will have an 8-5 record with head-to-head tiebreaker advantages over both the Dolphins and Jets. Barring a complete collapse, the Jaguars would have better conference records than Pittsburgh and Baltimore, both teams which would be chasing Jacksonville.

"We've got a heck of a closing schedule here," Del Rio said of his upcoming opponents which include Miami, Indianapolis, New England and Cleveland. "We've got two games at home and at then two games on the road in this fourth quarter. It's going to be a big challenge."

The Jaguars players have mixed thoughts about their playoff aspirations and expectations.

"We're talking one game at a time," cornerback Tyron Brackenridge said as he stuck to the script. "We're not looking ahead and we're going to take everybody one game at a time."

Jacksonville has not only been taking care of business on the field but they've been getting help as well. Both Baltimore and Pittsburgh lost games this week and the defending champion Steelers have dropped four straight and two to inferior opponents in Oakland and Kansas City.

"It does feel like a year of destiny," Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said. "To be at this point with seven wins, I bet if you talked to a lot of people in the beginning of the season they wouldn't think we'd be there."

The Jaguars have gone into playoff mode, as each game is vitally important from here on out.

"Every game is feeling like a playoff game because we know what everyone's goal is and that's to make it to the playoffs," Garrard said.

The Jaguars offensive leader is certainly proud of his young team.

"For us to have all these young guys and new guys and for us to be battling the way we are, this is a great group of guys," Garrard said adoringly. "A very humble group of guys and a group of guys that knows that on any given play their number can be called and they make sure that they're ready and prepared to do whatever they have to do to help this team win."

Maurice Jones-Drew can feel the excitement building around the team, but he's certainly not overconfident.

"I can feel something brewing in Jacksonville, but at the same time we can't be complacent and think we have everything figured out because we definitely don't."

The Jaguars playoff run continues this Sunday against Miami. Not so surprisingly, good tickets are still available.


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