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Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union

Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said he had a conversation last week with defensive end Hugh Douglas about Jacksonville. Douglas criticized the city two weeks ago as part of an overall tirade about his one year with the Jaguars in 2003. Douglas also took shots at Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and the way the coaching staff used him that year.

However, Reid said Douglas' tone had changed.

"I think Hugh respects coach Del Rio," Reid said. "It didn't work out [with the Jaguars] and he understands that. Hugh is very happy right now and I don't think he holds anything against Jacksonville. He's already told me the good places to eat."

Reid also brushed aside criticism about Jacksonville as a host city for the Super Bowl.

"I've always liked Jacksonville," said Reid, who coached with Green Bay before coming to Philadelphia. "It's a great location."


Brian Westbrook, one of the most versatile players in the NFL, may resume punt returning for the Super Bowl, Reid said.

Westbrook led the team in punt returning in 2003 with two touchdowns. But with his expanded role on offense, forced the job to Dexter Wynn and Reno Mahe this year.

The threat of Westbrook returning kicks, as well as running and receiving on offense, would give the Patriots something else to consider in their game plan, Reid said.

"Brian is a very versatile guy and does so many things for this football team," Reid said. "He was already a Pro Bowl punt returner and he's done a great job the more he's gotten into the offense. …


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