A season filled with injuries couldn’t end without yet another one to a Jaguars defensive starter. Linebacker Paul Posluszny staggered off the field after suffering a shoulder sprain in the first half. After the trainers examined his shoulder, Posluszny was able to walk steadily. He left the field for the locker room and didn’t return to the game. "I haven’t had a chance to go over it with the trainers yet, but I’m sure in the next couple of days we will find out more," interim head coach Mel Tucker said.
After a slow start, Jeremy Mincey had a monster of a second half for the Jaguars on Sunday. The fourth-year pro from Florida can now reflect on his best season with the Jags and hope it will pay off, because he’s in a contract year. Mincey had 2 1/2 sacks, two other unassisted tackles and forced fumbles on both of his solo sacks in the Jaguars’ 19-13 victory over the Colts at EverBank Field.
Wayne and Delores Weaver were thanked by the Jaguars and their fans with golden helmets, an unexpected honor and an outpouring of affection during an emotional ceremony at halftime of Sunday's game against the Colts. The team Weaver brought to Jacksonville in 1995 then completed a 19-13 victory over the Colts to send Weaver out a winner in his 352nd Jaguars game. It also officially ushered in the Shahid Khan era as the Jaguars’ owner.
It was a moment Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t want all to himself. After he became the Jaguars franchise leader in single-season rushing yards and clinched the NFL’s rushing title, Jones-Drew’s immediately sought his blockers. He found starting offensive linemen Uche Nwaneri, Brad Meester, Will Rackley, Eugene Monroe and Guy Whimper, but fullback Greg Jones and tight end Marcedes Lewis had already gone in. Jones-Drew and the linemen posed for a photo, just like former Jaguars great Fred Taylor, Jones-Drew’s mentor, did when he eclipsed 10,000 career yards.
With three minutes left in the Jaguars' miserable, pass-impaired, medically challenging season, a third-and-4 conversion against the Indianapolis Colts was needed to ensure that departing team owner Wayne Weaver would exit the NFL as a winner. Maurice Jones-Drew was sent into the middle of the line and the durable, bowling-ball back got the first down. But that successful run also illustrated what has to change under new owner Shahid Khan for this franchise to become relevant again — the excessive dependence on Jones-Drew carrying the Jaguars has to stop.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew closed out the 2011 regular season in style on Sunday, finishing with a season-high 169 rushing yards on 25 carries (6.8 avg.) with a long of 56. Jones-Drew set the club’s single-season franchise record for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage while most likely winning the NFL’s rushing title in the process. The 169 yards were the third-most of his career. Jones-Drew recorded his 25th career 100-yard rushing game, the second-most in team history, and his sixth in 2011. The six 100-yard rushing games are the second-most of his career (7, 2010). He finished the season with 100-plus rushing yards in three straight games.
ne last time, Wayne Weaver stood before the players. On a day of lasts, this may have been the most difficult of all, and it was made only a bit easier by the day’s result. Yes, the Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts, 19-13, Sunday at EverBank Field, and yes, that was the right way to bid farewell to the man who brought the NFL to Jacksonville.
What I liked, Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew secured a single-season franchise rushing record and the NFL rushing title with a season-high 169 yards on 25 carries. He was virtually unstoppable and made it clear there was no scenario in which the Jaguars cared about what draft pick the Colts would wind up with.