AFC South: Tom Coughlin
Some critics say safety Ed Reed should have retired instead of joining the Texans, including San Antonio Express-News columnist Buck Harvey, who writes: "Make no mistake. One of the game's best has dropped off. Reed has nerve impingement in his neck, a chronic injury that has diminished his tackling. He also has only nine interceptions in his last 40 games, playoffs included."
While Reed may have his critics, his new Texans teammates share their excitement with HoustonTexans.com's Nick Scurfield. Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing doesn't hold back, "(Ed Reed)’s probably the best safety that’s ever played the game. Anytime you get an opportunity to play with a guy like that, it’s gonna be awesome.”
Coach Gary Kubiak tells the Houston Chronicle that the Texans have signed "one of, if not the, greatest punters in this league’s history" in Shane Lechler.
Texans general manager Rick Smith, who is a member of the NFL's Competition Committee, says his son suffered a concussion when an opposing player used the crown of his helmet on the hit. “What we do and the rule changes and the things we are focused on are not only important for our league, they’re important for the game of football,” Smith said in a roundtable conversation that will air during a "Health of the Game special" at 8 p.m. ET Monday on NFL Network.
Craig Kelley of Colts.com moves on to this week's positional series on tight ends. Wes Saunders, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen must adapt to new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's version of the West Coast offense.
Former Colts are visiting and signing with new teams. The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Tom Zbikowski. And the Broncos are in pursuit of defensive end Dwight Freeney.
The Colts signed nose tackle Martin Tevaseu, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew has returned to college in pursuit of a history degree, and Florida Times-Union Ryan O'Halloran profiles the running back's rocky holdout with Jaguars management, his season-ending injury and his time at UCLA. "It’s funny talking to kids 18 and 20 years old and they don’t know too much about the real world... Enjoy college because there is nothing like taxes and kids and dealing with things," says MJD.
For six years, Paul Posluszny has been part of losing teams going through all sorts of transition, and now the middle linebacker tells Gene Frenette that, "as players, it's time for us to buy in because if we don't, they're very willing to get someone else who will."
Should the Jaguars draft a quarterback with the second overall pick in April's draft? Is coach Gus Bradley anything like former Jags coach Tom Coughlin? Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser answers these questions and more in his reader mailbag.
Is there room in the Titans' backfield for both Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene? The Tennessean's John Glennon outlines pros and cons for this partnership made on paper, but not yet on the field.
Former Titan Javon Ringer is surprised the team didn't give more chances to current running backs before signing Greene to a three-year deal.
The Titans are suddenly acknowledging that what they were doing wasn’t working, and they're becoming bigger players on the free-agency market this offseason, writes David Climer of The Tennessean.
Coach Mike Munchak suggests running could become a bigger part of quarterback Jake Locker's arsenal.
Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson are sidelined and healing, but there is no need to panic says Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans’ young receivers will get a more extensive look this spring with Johnson out, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.
A sampling of Peyton Manning’s talk with the Denver press after OTAs opened from the Broncos, from Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
The Jaguars' first coach, Tom Coughlin, seems energized by his work with the Giants and nowhere near retirement, says Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.
Defensive tackle DaJohn Harris didn’t work out at the combine after doctors discovered a small hole in his heart. But now he’s determined to make the Titans as an undrafted free agent, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Paul Kuharsky: Bob Sanders was hardly the only loss. Clint Session, Jerraud Powers, Kelvin Hayden and Melvin Bullitt were gone for long stretches, and inexperienced guys were all over the secondary. They clearly didn’t want to risk blitzing much with the chances to get beat over the top. I think we’ll see more variations, building on Coyer’s first year. But the overriding philosophy is going to remain "don’t give up big plays."
Wil in Provo, Utah, writes: Hey do you think the Texans are going to trade Mario Williams or Antonio Smith?
Paul Kuharsky: No. Even if those two and J.J. Watt were ends, they’d just finally be deep somewhere. Now with Williams officially a linebacker, Smith and Watt are the ends and they are set.
Josh in Neptune Beach, Fla., writes: The Jaguars future looks very bright but the immediate future looks dim. This 2011 team reminds me of the young promise in the post-Coughlin 2003-2005 teams. We all know Shack Harris destroyed that promise. When Gene Smith gutted the team in 2009 it hit the reset button. We are now at the most critical point on his tenure as our GM. Once again the Jaguars have young, ascending talent mixed with older stalwarts. The window to the Super Bowl is beginning to open. Shack Harris's horrible drafting and free agency moves slammed it shut too soon. What Gene does in the next couple of years will go a long way to what ultimately becomes of the Jaguars for the better part of this decade. As someone who watched the rise and fall of the Harris team, what are your thoughts on the Gene Smith two years in?
Paul Kuharsky: I like the tone he’s set a lot and his willingness to sweep people out. His high picks look good. Mid- and late-round guys haven’t done too much yet. It was good to see them jump out for Aaron Kampman. I thought trading up for Blaine Gabbert was bold.
I expect more FA surprises this year. They are in far better hands than they were. But he’s still got a lot of work to do.
Chaz in Nashville writes: Can you tell us generally or precisely why the Titans interior offensive line is going to be better this year? (besides "Munch said so") They looked awful last year and, with the same personnel, how are they going to suddenly get better? They haven't been able to meet with anyone to be coached any differently. I know CJ had some decision making issues but there were not many holes or running lanes appearing very often. Just because Munchak is a HOF interior lineman doesn't mean he deserves a pass on this issue.
Paul Kuharsky: It’s a question I share with you.
Another year together, another year of good coaching (from a second Hall of Famer now with Bruce Matthews taking over the O-line) and fewer health concerns for Leroy Harris and Eugene Amano would be the main ingredients, they say.
I need to see it.
Mike Munchak has hardly had a pass on it. At one of his very first big public appearances, at Sportsfest in Nashville, I asked him that on stage in front of several hundred fans.
Shane Nesler in Brentwood, Tenn., writes: You really hate the Cowboys don't you?
Paul Kuharsky: Actually I am quite indifferent. Is this because I don’t love the helmet as much as I should?
Onto the Twitter portion of things. I asked for quickie questions Friday:
adambeaugh: Who is a below the radar FS pickup the #Jaguarscould grab in Free Agency.
PK: Stretch: Jon McGraw from KC.
ColtsNCrab: prediction on colts record?
PK: Win the division by three. But hard to go too solidly before free agency.
whyterick: If a short season occurs don't the colts hold a huge advantage over majority of NFL, with 15 IR players rested?
PK: I don't know of any key guys who need September to recover. They have advantages, but that's not on the list.
Playmaker2312: chances Blaine gabbert plays over 50% of the games this yr? #Jaguars
PK: A 50% chance of topping 50%. How's that for a cop out?
willoneil: over under on quarters played this season by locker 20?
MTBurch33: Which player or players will determine the success or failure of the #texans defense this season?
PK: Barwin/Reed and the safeties.
Write the mailbag.
Tweet your questions.
Friend on Facebook.
Did America consider Jacksonville a football town? A major league town?
The NFL didn’t leave much of a choice when it selected the North Florida city for an expansion franchise. And while the birth of the Jaguars may not neatly fit the concept of changing their fortunes, they wouldn’t have had any fortunes to be changed without the improbable selection. Combine it with the short history of the organization and it had to be here.
Only two years after its first on the field, the team advanced to the AFC Championship Game while its expansion partners, the Carolina Panthers, made a similar charge in the NFC. It was an exceptionally quick run to great heights that galvanized a market and ensured future expansion teams couldn’t get as good as quickly.
Two other moments that we thought qualified as contenders were less happy ones.
Supremely gifted left tackles are supposed to be long-term fixtures for franchises. But the Jaguars got unlucky with theirs. Drafted with the team’s first-ever pick in 1995, Tony Boselli may have been the best of his generation. But a shoulder injury in 2001 meant the team left him exposed to the Houston Texans in 2002 and he was chosen in the expansion draft, as Houston took a chance and Jacksonville cleared cap room.
While the team’s first coach, Tom Coughlin, may have had too much power, removing him completely after the 2002 season may have been a mistake. Coughlin rebounded to coach the New York Giants to a Super Bowl win, while the Jaguars have not returned to the AFC title game, in which they twice played under Coughlin.
You’re invited to do better than I’ve done here.
If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.
Here are the power ranking results and Tim Graham’s piece on how things sorted out.
Bill Belichick is our unanimous No. 1 and Caldwell finished 13th. I rated him eighth and gave Graham this rationale:
“I voted for Caldwell late, frankly, because I was running out of good candidates.
“I do not think he’s a particularly good game-day coach. The rationale he had for the late timeouts that helped the Colts lose at Jacksonville and to the Jets in the playoffs was flawed.
“But in terms of delivering a consistent message, setting expectations and holding a team together through an injury-riddled season, he did excellent work. And those are very important elements to the job.”
I did not consider Jack Del Rio or Gary Kubiak at all, and Mike Munchak is one of those eight new coaches.
Here is my ballot, not to be confused with the overall results, which you’ll find in the link above.
- Bill Belichick
- Mike Tomlin
- Andy Reid
- Mike McCarthy
- Tom Coughlin
- Sean Payton
- Rex Ryan
- Jim Caldwell
- Mike Smith
- Ken Whisenhunt
When the Texans need a big play, they’re going to turn to Andre Johnson, says Jeffrey Martin.
Jerome Solomon looks back at the best Dallas-Houston game.
A 400-yard day by Tony Romo would put the Texans in the record book, says John McClain.
The Texans are working to beat the blitz, says McClain.
Houston is just better than the Cowboys, says Richard Justice.
This battle of Texans actually matters, says Mike Silver.
Jeff Saturday loves protecting Peyton Manning, says Mike Chappell.
Bob Kravitz dreams of a son who’s a long snapper, and gets words of wisdom from Justin Snow.
Phillip B. Wilson talks matchups.
Dwight Freeney has an issue with Sports Illustrated, writes Wilson.
Brian Dawkins plays young, says Curt Cavin.
Kavell Conner did good work filling in for Clint Session and could be needed again, says Phil Richards.
Banged up Broncos’ cover guys are hoping to play.
Adjusted line yards correlate to success, says Nate Dunlevy.
A look at all sorts of Colts' numbers from Jacob Crocker.
Derek Cox may be thinking too much, says Vito Stellino.
Stellino and Tania Ganguli analyze Eagles-Jaguars. (Video.)
Maurice Jones-Drew was limited but is OK, says Ganguli.
The defensive backfield is in a hard transition, says Vice Ketchman.
The Titans are getting big production out of inexpensive additions Jason Babin and Will Witherspoon, says John Glennon.
Cortland Finnegan will appeal a $5,000 fine for his role in a fight in the Steelers game, says Jim Wyatt.
Jeff Fisher’s looking to extend his recent mastery over Tom Coughlin, says David Boclair.
Mike Heimerdinger had a big hand in the stuff that got Vince Young benched, says Mike Tanier.
Phil Simms says playing the Titans is a slamfest, writes Glennon.
Rate the Titans.
OK, here's the promised super elite mailbag, where the best question on each team I got Friday got an automatic spot. It didn't work out as well as planned in some ways, so I cheated and went two questions per team figuring you could handle the extra reading. (Yes, I'll buy two people per team a Coke if they find me at camp.)
The jab at Jaguars fans produced a lot of questions about them, way to step up.
Sunday, look for a bonus mailbag with two broader, bonus questions because they were among the best my plea produced.
In his breakfast sit down with reporters early Tuesday, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said plenty to indicate he and the organization firmly back David Garrard as starting quarterback, and that getting him weapons is a priority, perhaps the team's biggest.
Here are the most pertinent pieces of the conversation:
"The cupboard's not bare. We just need to add to the talent. We need to add the right kind of guys, and we certainly need to hit on a few guys. We've got a few holes that we need to address. Clearly, I think we have two or three receivers [on the team] right now, so we've got to add some receivers. Everybody sees that. But it's early. We haven't even gotten to the draft yet. We'll really use every available tool to fill that and look to be better. We really think there's an opportunity. We took the receivers high, Reggie and Matt, and for the last four years we've been really working, hoping to develop them, hoping they would become the guys.
"That attempt is no longer part of what we're doing. So we can spend our energy now on shifting gears and acquiring and developing guys that will have a chance to develop. Hopefully, they'll develop a whole lot quicker. But we think it's an exciting time. I know David, he almost wants to turn into a scout. He's like, 'Coach, I'm watching these guys now. I've got a bead on a few of these guys.' I think he's kind of excited about getting a few good players in."
On seeking the next level for Garrard and missed opportunities in finishing games:
"Not 100 percent of the time. I think if you look at our two early-season wins, big wins, at Indy and at Houston, David pulled us back and won the game for us. He's got that ability. Really, defensively, we didn't protect leads that he gave us late in several early-season games. I think David has done a heck of a job with what he's been dealing with. I think we've got to do a better job of getting him some players, some weapons. He's really not had that guy outside that if you get the ball in his hands, that he takes off and gets him some YAC and does some things for him. He's not had that. So, you look at two years ago when David was on fire, we set a franchise record for production -- offensive points scored in a season. And you're talking about when Tom [Coughlin] was there, they had some great offenses with [Mark] Brunell and Jimmy [Smith] and all those guys.
"David's capable of doing some good things. He's the right kind of guy. When you look at David, one thing that stands out to me: David is a guy who doesn't require a lot of room. He can operate in tight spaces, he's got a quick release and if a play breaks down he'll go burn you with his feet. So he's a guy that moves the chains. He's a guy that gets first downs, keeps the ball. You know, when you're playing teams like Indy, that's very important to move the chains and keep the ball."
On cutting ties with Matt Jones
I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about it. The biggest thing is that Gene [Smith] and I, and Wayne [Weaver] and Paul [Vance], we've really worked hard to evaluate our roster. Make sure that the things we have in place are going to be things that give us a chance going forward to be at our best. I think in that situation, really it became, 'Enough is enough.' We have been patient. Last year, the promise that he would become a better man, and that's my hope is to always have our guys be better people when they leave, spending their time with us in Jacksonville. His commitment to me was that he would not do anything to embarrass us -- his teammates, the organization -- in any way. You know, there was another occurrence. We just felt like enough was enough, and it was time to move on, for us and for him."
Asked specifically about Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison, Del Rio broadened the conversation, saying the team would explore all avenues -- veterans, draft picks and rookie free agents -- as it looks to replenish the roster at receiver.
"We're open-minded," Del Rio said. "Right now, the approach is to be patient. Not rush out because you have a lot of need, and rush out and overpay one guy and try to make him what he's not. We're going to take our time. We know there's a lot of opportunity sitting there. There will be a lot of interest for guys that want to get into that opportunity and make the most of it. We've got a good quarterback. We've got a healthy line coming back. We've got a good design with Dirk Koetter and what we do offensively. So I think there's a lot of opportunity there."
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
In Monroeville, Ohio (population roughly 1,400), nestled about halfway between Cleveland and Toledo, a swath of teal runs through a region tinted orange.
The reason for the patch of Jaguars fans in Browns country is Gene Smith, the 45-year-old first-year Jacksonville general manager and senior vice president of personnel.
A small but determined defensive end and tight end during his career at Monroeville High, Smith left town stamped with the work ethic of his father, Delbert, a construction worker, and with a friendship with his coach, Steve Ringholz, that would last a lifetime.
|Courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars|
|New Jaguars general manager Gene Smith prefers a steady approach to building a team, rather than making splashy acquisitions.|
"He was a self-made player. He didn't have great athletic ability but he worked very hard and he not only demanded a lot out of himself, but he demanded a lot out of his teammates," Ringholz said. "He had a lot of instincts for the game of football. He had a lot of instincts for dealing with people."
When he wasn't playing football, he was often working for his father, learning early the importance of a good shift, while developing an interest in the way things are built.
"When you're working for your dad, you're a laborer," Smith said with a laugh. "Concrete and structural work interested me most. But when I say concrete, I was the guy who was wheeling the concrete. I didn't have all the high-level chores now, I was tending mud if we were laying block.
"But the structural part is a lot of what I did, studding up walls and anything structural and with concrete. My dad always taught me that the key to a good home is putting in a good foundation, and that's why I think with a good football team, a good foundation starts up front with your offensive and defensive lines."
It's too neat a metaphor, too hokey, but it works: The guy now in charge of putting the Jaguars together, who will work to build consensus but ultimately has the final say on personnel matters and roster decisions, is simply looking for the studs and concrete with which to rebuild a team.
It won't come with high-priced free agents, an approach the Jaguars have used before with poor results. It will come with a patient plan, heavily reliant on the draft. The Jaguars intend to start with strong lines and build from the back end of the roster, at least at the beginning.
The franchise's early decisions under Smith included admitting mistakes and parting with receiver Jerry Porter and cornerback Drayton Florence, and making the more difficult choice to let running back Fred Taylor go.
Although the team signed Sean Considine to play strong safety as a less expensive alternative to free agent Gerald Sensabaugh, the other contracts Smith has put together so far have been for backups and strong special-teamers like Montell Owens, Brian Iwuh and James Wyche.
"A lot of people look at it as guys who can make your 53. I'm looking at guys who can get into our game-day 45," Smith said. "... Without question those type of players are players you can get your hands on earlier than a guy that you play every down, per se."
Bigger building blocks will come in the draft, where the Jaguars have the No. 8 pick, but the idea of solidifying the back end of the roster at the start of his regime is one that's worked for one of the teams the Jaguars are trying to catch -- many of the early moves of Tennessee's Mike Reinfeldt's were similar.
Smith was named to the post Jan. 12, and the move received big applause from the scouting community, which was pleased to see one of its own ascend. At his first big scouting event after taking on the new responsibilities, a dozen or so scouts quickly approached him in the Reliant Stadium parking lot at an East-West Shrine Game practice to offer congratulations.
Smith has been with the Jaguars since before they had a roster, hired by Tom Coughlin in 1994. One scout from another team classified him a quiet, hardworking, well-organized and well-respected football man.
As he works with Jack Del Rio, the coaching staff and a scouting staff he was long a part, Smith still has a touchstone in Monroeville. His parents have passed away, but Ringholz is still coaching. The 58-year-old member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame said he talks to Smith just about every day.
When Del Rio and his staff coached in the Senior Bowl, Ringholz took in some practices in Mobile, Ala., with Smith.
"We talk almost daily, sometimes more than once a day," Ringholz said. "He'll talk a lot about what's going on, ask my opinion about things and he's always wanting to know what's going on back here. A lot of stuff that we talk about he wants it to stay just between him and me.
"He's had some very tough decisions to make, not just tough business decisions but tough personal decisions. Fred Taylor was somebody that he watched come up, he studied while [Taylor] was in college. It was a tough one for Gene, there is no doubt about that."
As the franchise looks to add
new players who might be great finds as Taylor was, Smith and Del Rio will be concerned with how they will factor into chemistry and develop into leaders.
Smith is hopeful that fresh blood will arrive and then follow a course similar to his own, working up through the organization.
"I certainly believe that players make the system," he said.
As a decision-maker, he said he intends to be more Ichiro than A-Rod.
"Certainly we'd like to get them all right, but I am probably someone with more of a base hit philosophy," he said. "If you get base hits, you get people on base, you're going to score and probably win more consistently than if you're standing up there trying to hit home runs. If you're trying to hit home runs, you're going to be striking out a lot."
He likes the baseball terminology, but said he's no baseball guy.
As a football guy, he's now got some pieces and a lot of power. He will be measured in his decisions, but undaunted by the new power.
"I try to be a good listener, then I also watch a lot of film myself," he said. "I say the value is in the evaluator. So I study a lot of film on players. I'm not one that's just listening and delegating, I'm also a doer. I think in the end, you try to build a consensus. But decisions have to be made and I am confident in my abilities, with the staff around me, to make those decisions."
At the start of the month, in conjunction with a bigger project unfolding in its final stages on "SportsCenter" this week, I asked you what faces belong on a Mount Rushmore for the Jaguars.
You provided some great feedback with comments and notes to the mailbag.
The team's brief history and early success led to quite a consensus.
A sampling of your comments:
Harperslaw: You've got to go with Freddie T, Tony Boselli, and Jimmy Smith. #4 is up to debate. I say Mark Brunell, but my alternates would include Donovan Darius, Wayne Weaver, and even Tom Coughlin. The problem is after 15 years in the league there's not a lot of tradition to chose from. It's still a work in progress.
JvilleJag2: The four people that should be on the Jaguars Mount Rushmore is kind of easy. Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor, Jimmy Smith and coach Tom Coughlin. Mark Brunell was good, not great. The shortness of the existence makes it a little easier.
GoJags4362seats: Fred Taylor, Tony Boselli, Jimmy Smith, Mr. Weaver
Mark in Jacksonville: For the Jags the Mount Rushmore should be Tony Boselli, Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor with a smaller unfinished statue of Maurice Jones-Drew on the side.
BIgdawg1101: Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor, Jimmy Smith and Mark Brunell, although I think Jones-Drew will eventually be worthy. He is still early in his career so at this moment in time I would go with these 4.
Charles in Jax: Jags Mt. Rushmore: Tony Boselli, Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor and Tom Coughlin. Coughlin (2 champ game appearances and multiple playoff appearances off the bat) is a close choice over Brunell and Keenan McCardell. Brunell was always more popular than his production warranted, and McCardell was great during his time here but was outshined by Jimmy Smith and didn't play as long here.
Seth Roy in Newark, Ohio: Jacksonville Jaguars Mount Rushmore: 1. Fred Taylor: One of the most under-appreciated, yet best, running backs in the NFL. He is the quiet face of the franchise. 2. Jimmy Smith: Easily the best receiver in Jaguars history. And one of the best players. Since he left, the receiving core has been pedestrian at best. 3. Mark Brunell: Leader of the team at the beginning, and a large part of why they were so successful so soon. 4. Tony Boselli: First player in the Jags' Hall of Fame. Epitomizes the physical nature of the Jags. I had a tough time leaving Tom Coughlin off this list. A defensive player should also be on the Jags' Mount Rushmore. Possibly Marcus Stroud or John Henderson. Kevin Hardy or Donovin Darius could also be on there (I might overrate Donovin slightly, because he's a Syracuse alum.)
Matt in Charlotte: Jags Mt Rushmore: Mark Brunell Jimmy Smith Tony Boselli Fred Taylor But to give Wayne Weaver the credit he deserves, I name the mountain Mt. Weavermore.
Jon in Jacksonville, FL: Wayne Weaver, Tom Coughlin, Tony Boselli, & Fred Taylor. A case can be made obviously for Jimmy Smith, Brunell, and even Jones-Drew somewhat, but those four were the four faces that people thought of on a national level when you talked about the Jacksonville Jaguars. Weaver & Coughlin built the franchise from the ground up, making it the most successful expansion team in the history of pro sports at the time. Boselli was the cornerstone of the young franchise and our first national "face", not to mention the most dominant player at his position in the league and a certain HOF'er if his career was not shortened. He's also the first & currently only inductee on the Jaguars' "Ring of Honor". Taylor simply IS the Jaguars. His career stats will likely make him the first Jaguar to gain strong consideration for the Hall and there is not one player who has given more for the franchise, than Fred.
Kenny San Diego: I have to assume that Fred Taylor, Jimmy Smith, and Mark Brunell will be the sure three on the Jags Mt. Rushmore. For the 4th guy, we should go defense, and I think Big John should be that guy. Maybe Donovin Darius, maybe Mike Peterson, or maybe Rasheen Mathis
Allen in Gainesville, FL: The Jaguars Mt. Rushmore: Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor, Tony Boselli. That's it, and it was fairly easy.
Oddest nominations: Jaxson de Ville (mascot), Vic Ketchman of jaguars.com.
Key debate and what surprised me: That there was not more debate. I think I got a bigger response on this from Jaguars faithful than the three other AFC South teams and expect there will be few complaints about the mount.
Hardest to leave off: Tom Coughlin's tenure didn't end well, but he did remarkable work getting an expansion franchise up and running and competitive quickly, and all four of the faces on the mountain owe a great deal to him. Still, I couldn't put him over Brunell, who was a big key to the team's early success.
And so, the Jacksonville Jaguars' Mount Rushmore is: Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor, Tony Boselli and Mark Brunell.