Sunday, November 17, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Jacksonville Jaguars' 27-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Preplanned surprise: Head coach Gus Bradley said he and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch planned to go for the first down on a fourth down at some point in the game. He just didn’t expect it to be from their own 38-yard line less than three minutes into the game. “That was a little bit out of the range [they wanted], but I just felt like we needed it at that time,” Bradley said. The misdirection play resulted in a 62-yard touchdown by little-used tight end Danny Noble.
Stifled: Maurice Jones-Drew managed just 23 yards on 14 carries against the Cardinals' third-ranked rush defense. He gained 9 yards on one run, meaning he had 14 yards on his other 13 carries. The 23 yards is tied for the second-lowest total of his career in games in which he had 10 or more carries. His lowest was 10 yards on 10 carries against Indianapolis in 2007.
No comment: Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin spoke for a few minutes about ripping out a chunk of Andre Ellington's hair, but when another member of the media arrived late and asked him about it again, he politely declined to comment. Why? Because the question was phrased like this: Have you ever held another man’s hair up in your hands like that? As he joked afterward, answering a question phrased that way can only result in his comments getting twisted or taken out of context.