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Nothing like a Wednesday morning to get some perspective on where the Jaguars are as they shift their focus away from their nail-biting win over the Houston Texans and onto their Sunday Night Battle with the Battered and Broken Pittsburgh Steelers. Our friends at Behind the Steel Curtain, with whom we shall talk frequently throughout the week, probably disagree with that statement, but I'd imagine that they're really nervous about the physical game they're facing this weekend.
I don't ever get to say this about a team, but the Jaguars have had the Steelers number in recent history. I need not remind you that the Jaguars walked into Heinz Field twice last season and left with a victory, something that has never happened in Pittsburgh history. I won't go so far as to say we "own" them, I leave inflammatory rhetoric like that to other sites.
But anyhow, let's see what's bouncing around in the NFL world:
: The Colts are two and a half games behind in the AFC South. Let that sink in for a second. Tennessee leads the division, that's no doubt, but Jacksonville is a game behind and still alive in the division hunt. This year it's Indianapolis who's got a chance to be on the outside looking in (in the Divsion Title race).
: Kenny Pettway, the man who kept Richard Collier alive while waiting for help to arrive, was signed by the Green Bay Packers.
: Wayne Weaver gives his "State of the Jaguars". As usual, he reconfirms his committment to Jacksonville:
“It’s not necessarily that we were looking for partners,” Weaver said. “We’ve been approached obviously over the years, either to sell the team or something. My desire is to continue to build a wonderful winning tradition here in Jacksonville.”
In several interviews Wayne Weaver has never seemed less than 100% committed to keeping his team in the city of Jacksonville, despite being able to take part in a financial windfall if he were to ever sell. Unfortunately for Weaver, the Jaguars are in the bottom half of the league in attendance and they have one of the league’s lowest ticket prices.
“Obviously the economy is affecting every sector of our economy and it certainly has some affect on us,” Weaver explained. “We’ve just had to be creative and work a little harder, and we’re fortunate
:The Steelers have been decimated by injuries. Ok, so maybe not reduced by a factor of 10, but close to it. Without Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall, I don't know how the Steelers avoid throwing so many passes that Big Ben dosen't get blasted through the injury-riddled offensive line. My question is this, if Ben Roethlisberger blows up on his team in the locker room, is it "leadership" or a "quarterback falling apart"?
: Justin Durrant, Reggie Nelson, Jerry Porter, and Rashean Mathis should all practice this week. Brad Meester is still at least a week away from returning to the offensive line.
What's on your mind on this halfway to the weekend day?