This was how Tyson Alualu has wanted to feel for a long time. And how he played last Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts... well, that was how the Jaguars’ defensive tackle has wanted to play for a long, long time, too. Alualu, the No. 10 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, has started all 41 games in two and a half NFL seasons. He has played well at times, been a run-stuffing presence at others, and overall, has shown flashes of what made him an early draft selection. But Thursday was different. A lot different.
Time to hurry? We begin this pre-Texans Fabulous Four with a word on the Jaguars’ offense, and if the unit has struggled this season it also has shown signs of life in recent weeks. The progress has been in the passing game – namely, in the hurry-up offense. Head Coach Mike Mularkey long has used the no-huddle, dating to his time as Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator with Kordell Stewart at quarterback. The Falcons also used it with quarterback Matt Ryan when Mularkey was the offensive coordinator there the past four seasons. The Jaguars have used the hurry-up more in recent weeks, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert has had the best statistical stretch of his career the last four games, throwing for 842 yards and four touchdowns, including a 110-yard performance at Oakland in which he left after a quarter and a half.
Thursday, November 15 Some Jaguars news and notes this morning before the team practices: Holding steady The line on Sunday’s Jaguars-Houston game has held steady at 15.5 points since Monday night. If it stays, it will be tied for the largest in the NFL this year with the Jaguars’ game at Green Bay (an 11-point Packers win). Houston has been a double-digit favorite three times this year at home.