With a three yard lead on Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew has the lead in rushing yardage in the NFL with just four games to play and has the potential to be the first ever Jaguars running back to win the NFL rushing title. If he's able to pull it off it would make him the third straight AFC South player to earn the accomplishment and put him in elite rushing company.
Yet with the Jaguars at 3-9, Jones-Drew sounds less than enthused about the possibility:
"I'd rather win. I could care less. I know you probably think I'm bull-jiving you, because this is PG, but I could care less about this rushing title. I want to win. People remember winners. They don't remember guys; I mean tell me who was the rushing leader in '93. Does anyone know? It could have been Emmitt [Smith] but I don't know. You don't know but you know won the Super Bowl in '93, right?"
While Jones-Drew may be downplaying the potential accomplishment and his potential at earning the title, the Jaguars offensive line isn't. Today Uche Nwaneri spoke to John Oehser and said, "To have him take first place in the lead for the rushing title, that makes us really proud."
What makes the accomplishment most impressive, as ESPN's Paul Kuharsky pointed out earlier today, is that Jones-Drew has managed to accumulate this yardage on a team with an incredibly poor passing offense. Historically, there have been running backs that managed to earn the rushing title with the league's 32nd ranked pass offenses, (most recently, Jamal Lewis is 2003) but that's usually been a product of that team abandoning their pass offense to help their running backs statistically.
Jones-Drew has seen eight and nine man boxes for the last few years in Jacksonville and with Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars passing troubles, he's seen them more than ever in 2011. His production is truly impressive and an NFL rushing title would be an excellent mark on a résumé that could potentially be Hall of Fame worthy.