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Friday, November 13, 2009
Jags need more TDs in red zone

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

The Jaguars are scoring touchdowns just over half the time they cross into the red zone and it’s an issue that they’ve been harping on.

If the offense could do better there, it would help offset the defense’s struggles. Opponents are getting six points just under 60 percent of the time.

“We’ve got to do better in the red zone; you’ve got to score more touchdowns,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said in a recent chat with Jacksonville reporters. “Our goal is to always score touchdowns in the red zone. Even though we have an excellent kicker in Josh Scobee, in a perfect world you’d never see him out there except extra points and kickoffs. There have been games, especially earlier in the year, where we didn’t take advantage [of opportunities]. Last week we had a time when we got down in the red zone and we had a penalty and a sack that knocked us (back) and we made that long field goal into the wind. We’ve got to score every time we get down there or it’s going to be tough.”

Defenses feel like they’ve won when they can hold a team to a field goal when it’s earned quality field position. The Jets are coming off a bye Sunday at Giants Stadium, and to beat them odds are the Jaguars will need to find touchdowns and limit Scobee’s close range work.

Perhaps Torry Holt can help. He doesn't have a touchdown yet in his first season with the Jags.

“Yeah I am, I’m thirsty for one," he said. "It’s been awhile. I’m just trying to stay within the scheme of the offense and when my number’s called in the red zone, hopefully I have an opportunity to stick it in. But in the meantime, I’ll keep practicing hard and just keep trying to chip away at it. And again, when my number’s called in the red zone, hopefully it’ll be this week, I’ll get an opportunity to get in.”