Jaguars Notes and Quotes
It hasn't started any talk of quarterback controversy, but Jaguars backup QB Luke McCown clearly had the better game than starter David Garrard against Philadelphia in the teams' first preseason game last Friday.
The Jaguars offense sputtered for the three series that Garrard played, including the first two possessions which resulted in 3-and-out series. Garrard hit on 5-of-10 passes for 35 yards and led the offense to just one first down. McCown put up impressive figures of 11-for-15 passing, good for 244 yards, no picks and three TD passes.
Afterwards, McCown, who played in three games for the Jaguars last year, talked about how he'd like a shot at the starting job.
"The goal was always for this team to win. For me, I want to be the starter. Somebody at some point through the year is going to have to step up and play and be counted on. And the team is going to count on you to win," he said.
--The Jaguars are a little over 4,000 season tickets away from being sold out for the entire 2010 season, a far cry from a year ago when they had as many as 10,000 available tickets to most of the regular season games. The team continues to search for ways to move the final allotment of tickets. This past week the Jaguars introduced half-pack tickets where fans could purchase tickets for one of two packages of games.
The Teal Pack has the home preseason opener with Miami this week along with regular-season games against Denver, Cleveland, Oakland and Washington. The Gold Pack has the other home preseason game (Atlanta) and includes games against the Jaguars three divisional rivals -- Indianapolis, Tennessee and Houston -- along with Philadelphia.
The first pack which includes the Denver game, will be a popular one, even with the unattractive games with Cleveland, Oakland and Washington. The Broncos feature Tim Tebow, the immensely popular former high school player from Jacksonville and former all-time University of Florida standout. Tebow's popularity could be strong enough in the market to warrant fans to invest in the half-season package of games that include the Browns, Raiders and Redskins, three games that otherwise would not have sold out.
--There were plenty of hand-shakes and re-living good times from the past for several former Jaguars players and coach when Jacksonville engaged in two days of scrimmaging with the Falcons. Current Atlanta head coach Mike Smith served as the defensive coordinator under Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio for five seasons before taking over as head coach of the Falcons in 2007. Smith and Del Rio have remained close since that time which is how the two teams hooked up for the two days of scrimmaging together this year and for the planned similar practices next year at the Jaguars training facility.
Middle linebacker Mike Peterson and cornerback Brian Williams were both starters for several seasons with Jacksonville but were released after the 2008 season. Both were picked up by Atlanta where they've been starters the past couple of years with the Falcons. Both players and Smith were popular with their teammates and staff respectively and spent time visiting with a number of Jaguars veterans and assistant coaches in the two days that the two teams worked together.
--Josh Scobee's offseason work at a kicking facility in Arizona seems to paying dividends. In the two practices with the Falcons, Scobee was solid both days. He connected on all five of his field goal attempts on the first day and converted on four of six tries the following morning.
Scobee then made good on two field goal attempts in the preseason game against Philadelphia. He converted a 36-yarder with no time on the clock in the first half and was perfect on a 49-yarder on the Jaguars first possession of the second half.
The Jaguars kicker suffered through his worst of six seasons with the club in 2009, making just 64.3 percent of his field goals, the first time he's failed to convert at least 75 percent of his kicks. He holds the franchise record for most field goals (5) in a game, most attempts (5, three times) and longest field goal (53 yards on three occasions).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I will take that in the first week of training camp, but once the season starts rolling around, I need those guys in the backfield with me, protecting me." -- Jaguars quarterback David Garrard about his concern that starting tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton have missed most of training camp thus far with injuries
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