Jaguars Notebook: Jack Del Rio tires of talking about tight end Marcedes Lewis | jacksonville.com
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said after Sunday’s win over the Colts that he no longer wanted to answer questions about Marcedes Lewis’ disappointing play this year. Del Rio said he had talked to Lewis and decided to refer questions to the tight end. He repeated that stance at the start of his news conference Monday.
Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Mathis suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Jaguars' 17-3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Many people thought the Jaguars game would be the Colts’ best shot left for a win; they were at home playing a team who had struggled to move the ball on offense, especially through the air. With a loss in this game, Indianapolis’ chances of Andrew Luck would grow to massive proportions (Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz says the odds of the Colts ending up with the first overall pick as calculated by Football Outsiders are around 89%…check their site out tomorrow for more details). With a relatively tough schedule the rest of the way (vs. Carolina, at New England, at Baltimore, vs. Tennessee, vs. Houston, at Jacksonville), this game was the Colts’ best chance to pick up what might be their only victory of the season.
Victory Monday lacked that usual giddy feeling around EverBank Field this time around. Season-ending injuries have that effect. Rashean Mathis, a starting cornerback and a veteran leader of the NFL’s No. 4-ranked defense, was one of three Jaguars players placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Monday, Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio said.
The Jaguars don’t have great outside cornerback depth. In four games starter Derek Cox missed earlier this season, Jacksonville lost all four and gave up an extra 40 passing yards a game. Now Cox’s counterpart, veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis, is lost for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL.