Behind Enemy Lines: Jaguars Part 2

Patriots insider Jon Scott spent a few minutes with Jaguars insider Charlie Bernstein to talk Patriots - Jaguars playoff matchups. In this part, Bernstein addressed: The differences between Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew; Jacksonville's toughest challenge; Garrard's ability to throw and more.

Guest for this week's Behind Enemy Lines: Charlie Bernstein, Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com (Part 1 here)

6) Who gives the Jaguars a better option on third and 2, Maurice Jones-Drew or Fred Taylor. What are the strengths/weaknesses of each back?

Charlie Bernstein: On a third and two situation, Maurice Jones-Drew will primarily be used, due to his low center of gravity and straight ahead running style. Jones-Drew is the Jaguars short yardage back, due to his lack of height and powerful frame. Taylor is more of a cutback runner who is more explosive in the open field, but not good for short yardage.

7) What was the toughest game the Jags had this year that they didn't win, but should have, and why?

Bernstein: Easily the second Indianapolis game in the RCA Dome. The Jaguars fell behind early due to a fumble and then an egregious overturned call which allowed the Colts to take an early 14-0 lead. The Jaguars stormed back into the game and the offense moved the ball on every possession in the second half. They outplayed Indy during the game and narrowly lost by three, thanks to a few questionable reviews and very questionable penalties all going against Jacksonville. The team played well that day and has only lost once since, the season finale in which they sat most of their starters. That game in Indy helped the Jaguars learn how to respond from obvious adversity.

8) Biggest surprise of the season for Jacksonville?

Bernstein: Easily the play of David Garrard. Garrard imploded at the end of last season and was an inaccurate, turnover machine that couldnt see past his first read. With some excellent coaching by Dirk Koetter and Mike Shula, Garrard fixed a hop in his drop back and he been very accurate for most of the year. Hes also worked on his decision making which led to his 102.1 QB rating and his low total of three interceptions.

9) If the Patriots slow down the Jaguars rushing attack can David Garrard throw to win the game?

Bernstein: The quick answer is no. In the Jaguars 31-29 victory over Pittsburgh last Saturday night, Garrard more closely resembled the physically gifted, but erratic quarterback of 2006, which led the Jaguars to three season ending losses and no playoff berth, rather than the deadly accurate quarterback who made all the right decisions in 2007. I dont think Garrard can make enough plays to compete in a shootout with Tom Brady.

10) Who is the most underrated player on the team, and what type of impact has he had on the season?

Bernstein: The most underrated player of the Jaguars this season has probably been defensive end Paul Spicer. With the rest of the Jaguars defensive line underachieving, Spicers high level of play has really kept the defense afloat. Spicer has been consistently good all year long, and was easily the Jaguars defensive player of the year.


Jaguars Guest: Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

Read Part 1 with Charlie, where he addressed the following: Paul Spocer's comments, the move to Byron Leftwich, Mike Peterson's impact, John Henderson and more.


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