Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
Observed in the locker room after the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Shortage: For the second time this season, receiver Cecil Shorts didn’t touch the ball until the game was well in hand. Shorts didn’t make his first catch until inside the two-minute warning of the second quarter with the Seahawks ahead 17-0. In the Jaguars’ season-opening loss to Kansas City, Shorts didn’t catch his first pass until the fourth quarter. “That’s not my position to talk,” Shorts said. “I go out there and run what the play is called. That’s just how it played out, I guess.”
Calmer Jones-Drew: In the days after the Jaguars' 41-0 loss in Seattle in 2009, Maurice Jones-Drew ripped the play calling and lack of offensive identity. He was much calmer after Sunday’s game despite the team having some of the same issues. “I kind of went crazy,” he said. “That can be something that ripples through the team, so we just want to stay positive.”
Muddy waters: Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he’s not sure if the players completely understand the defensive principles the staff is trying to teach. The blame for that is shared by the coaches, he said.