War of Words

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has the reputation for being a players' coach. Maybe that's why it seemed to strike a nerve when former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor said in an interview in the Florida Times-Union that his current team, the Patriots, watches more film than the Jaguars do.

Taylor said, "There is a whole lot of veteran leadership across the board (in New England). There's more film study across the board. ... I thought we watched a fairly decent amount of film (in Jacksonville). But I guess I didn't."

When Del Rio was asked about the comments, he had obviously read them and gave a long answer that suggested Taylor didn't provide veteran leadership when he was with the Jaguars.

Del Rio started out, "Fred's always been a great interview. He really has, and I think he pointed to one of the things I really liked about it. I saw that, and I said that was really great because he pointed out the leadership there shows the way, and I think he was referring to veteran players."

Del Rio added, "So that's what we're looking to instill in our veteran players, and evidentially, he wasn't that veteran leader here having our guys watch the tape. So we're going to work on getting the veteran leaders that are now here to have our guys watching more tape because he provided the blueprint."

But Del Rio didn't suggest there's any rift. He concluded, "I know I love Freddy, and I look forward to seeing him on Sunday."

And in his opening remarks, Del Rio called Taylor, "one of the all-time great Jaguars players, so it'll be good to see Freddy, and hopefully we don't see too much of him on the field. I know he's a pretty special guy."


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