By far the best part about career offensive lineman Guy Whimper dabbling at tight end for the Jaguars this year came Sunday against the Jets. Following a 10-yard catch on the opening drive, each time referee Al Riveron announced "No. 68 is an eligible receiver," the fans at EverBank Field responded with a roar. "That doesn’t get old," Whimper said on Monday. "I appreciated the fans cheering for me." The response was deserved after Whimper’s second catch of the year — he had a one-yard touchdown reception at Green Bay in Week 8.
Whatever it takes for a team in the NFL to win games, the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars absolutely do not have it. Sunday’s 17-10 loss at home to the New York Jets was just the latest chapter in the increasingly frustrating 2012 campaign that began with so much hope, but has long since fallen off of the cliff. We now know that the Jaguars offensive woes do not stem from just the quarterback position, although neither Blaine Gabbert nor Chad Henne has played anywhere close to the level you would expect from a franchise quarterback. Anybody who has actually sat down and watched the last two games cannot claim that Henne gives the Jaguars a better chance to win football games. While Henne seems more willing to push the ball down the field, he has only completed 51.6% of his passes to Gabbert’s 58.3% and he has a 76.2 quarterback rating while Gabbert finished with a 77.4.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker understands the life of a coach, including the stress, the pressure to win and the lack of job security. Tucker was thrust into the spotlight Monday when he filled in for head coach Mike Mularkey, who wasn’t feeling well in the morning and was taken to the hospital for tests but is expected to be back at work Tuesday. A year ago at this time, Tucker was the interim head coach the final five games after Jack Del Rio was fired. When Mularkey was named the head coach, Tucker had an offer to go to Minnesota, but Mularkey convinced Tucker to stay and gave him the assistant head coach title.
Jacksonville Jaguars fans began a new tradition of giving back to the community through their donations of more than 2,000 articles of clothing at EverBank Field yesterday. Jacksonville Jaguars fans began a new tradition of giving back to the community through their donations of more than 2,000 articles of clothing at EverBank Field yesterday. The fans joined Jaguars players, coaches and staff in a coat and clothing drive that was initiated by Jaguars cornerback and Jacksonville native Rashean Mathis.
EFFORT NOT AN ISSUE Mel Tucker said the problems were more than just one thing. Whatever the issue, the Jaguars’ assistant head coach/defensive coordinator said when it comes to the run defense, it’s clear something needs to get fixed in the final three games of the season. The Jaguars on Sunday allowed the New York Jets to run for 166 yards on 41 carries, with starter Shonn Greene rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and backup Balil Powell rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown in 19 carries.