Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Coaching Staff Scolds Darius for Foul Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Coaching Staff Scolds Darius for Foul Play

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union

Strong safety Donovin Darius has been put on notice.

Coach Jack Del Rio said the veteran defensive back was warned to rein in his overly aggressive style by the coaching staff after drawing four personal-foul penalties in the Jaguars' first six games.

Darius has been tagged with three personal fouls in the past two games: one against Miami for an out-of-bounds hit on running back Ricky Williams and two against San Diego for grabbing wide receiver Eric Parker's facemask and for roughing quarterback Drew Brees.

Darius also delivered a shot to the head of ex-Jaguars receiver Bobby Shaw while Shaw was out of bounds in a 38-17 loss to Buffalo on Sept. 14, drawing another 15-yard penalty.

Del Rio said the Jaguars don't want Darius to play timidly, but they would like him to play smarter.

"We love the aggressive nature, but you can't hit people 3 yards out of bounds," Del Rio said this week. "He's been instructed not to do so and scolded by the coaching staff. You're playing into the hands of the opponent. You're adding to an already big play for the offense."

THIRD DOWN STILL A STRUGGLE

The Jaguars are 28th in the NFL in third-down defense after allowing opponents to convert 44 percent of their opportunities in the first six games.

The absence of a consistent pass rush and numerous injuries in the secondary are the biggest reasons for the third-down problems. The team also has been without its nickel (third) cornerback, Kiwaukee Thomas, since the second week of the season because of a severe groin strain.

Thomas is expected back for this week's game against Tennessee, but his presence alone isn't considered the answer to the Jaguars' third-down problems, Del Rio said.

"We're forcing people into third-and-long situations but not finishing the job," Del Rio said. …

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