You read that right. Can the Jaguars offense stop the Dolphins defense? It’s a serious question that is in no way meant to be tongue in cheek. The Jaguars defense is horrendous. It is expected that the opposition will score early, often, and throughout the entire game. But can the Jaguars offense do double duty and stop the Dolphins defense? It will be curious to see.
Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts was talking about his first concussion and return to practice and his possible role in Sunday’s game against Miami when I changed the subject to his production. "Are you thinking about 1,000?" Shorts laughed. "You know," he said. And then he laughed again. "That’s definitely a goal – I’m not going to avoid that," he said.
Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee is one of 10 nominees for the 2013 Bart Starr Award, given to a player for "outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community." The other nominees: Nnamdi Asomugha (Philadelphia), Matt Birk (Baltimore), Chad Greenway (Minnesota), Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee), Philip Rivers (San Diego), Brad Smith (Buffalo), Joe Thomas (Cleveland), Justin Tuck (New York Giants) and Jason Witten (Dallas).
We begin this pre-Dolphins Fabulous Four on a topic that has gained momentum as the season draws to a close – that is, the status of players such as linebacker Daryl Smith, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and even wide receiver Cecil Shorts. All missed Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, with Shorts having missed one game with a concussion, Jones-Drew having missed seven with a foot sprain and Smith having missed the entire season with a groin injury.
So far, Mike Harris likes what he has seen. Not that he’s satisfied. The Jaguars’ rookie cornerback isn’t close to satisfied, but progress? Steps in the right direction? Signs that he is where he belongs? Yes, Harris said recently, he has seen those things this season. And that’s better than the alternative. "I’ve definitely seen that I can come out and be successful at this level of football," Harris said as the Jaguars (2-11) prepared to play the Miami Dolphins (5-8) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday at 1 p.m.