Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew planned to call Fred Taylor on Sunday to share a special moment with him.He had surpassed Taylor’s franchise career touchdown record.Jones-Drew’s career-high four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 41-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers boosted his career total to 73, eclipsing Taylor’s 70.
Let's not get carried away. A 41-point onslaught on the going-nowhere-fast Tampa Bay Buccaneers is not exactly a monumental breakthrough for the Jaguars, but it sure beats the perpetually drab story lines of a lost 2011 season. Did you really want to be hearing or reading about a December swoon? Or about the painful ineffectiveness of a Blaine Gabbert-led offense? Or how an injury-riddled secondary again was torched by an opponent that snapped a six-game losing streak?
The Jaguars offense got a boost against the Buccaneers on Sunday, gaining a season-high 325 total yards. The team’s six touchdowns tied for the second-most in team history and 41 points was more than twice the previous high this season, a 20-point effort against the
Tight end Colin Cloherty and defensive end Nate Collins are just two faces in the crowd for the Jaguars. Cloherty, who was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 14 and promoted to the active roster on Friday, played his first game as a Jaguar on Sunday.
"I hope the Jaguars lose so they can get a better draft pick." I’ve heard people say that before. I may have been guilty of thinking the same in a fleeting moment of mid-week paralysis following a devastating loss. The fact is that no true fan honestly believes that. If you are a Jaguars fan and you watched today’s game, admit it: you enjoyed the heck out of watching the Jaguars’ performance in quarters two through four.
For the first time in a while, Maurice Jones-Drewcouldn’t have been happier. But Jones-Drew, the Jaguars’ two-time Pro Bowl running back, said it wasn’t the career-high four touchdowns or the team record he achieved – which he did say means a great deal – that had him smiling late Sunday afternoon. The reason, he said, was far more basic. The feeling of victory? It just felt really good.
Mel Tucker did everything he could not to get emotional. That’s because since taking over as Jaguars interim coach 12 days ago, if Tucker has been consistent about one thing, it has been this: This job he has been given? His task at hand? It’s not about him
What it means: The Jaguars got their fourth win of the season and first under interim coach Mel Tucker in what had to be a cathartic day for a team that had lost three in a row and endured the firing of Jack Del Rio and the news that the team was being sold. Tucker got an ice water bath at the end. The Jaguars showed they can still play with life, can still beat another bad team and can, as is often the case, get massive production out of Maurice Jones-Drew. He turned 33 touches into 136 yards and four touchdowns.