Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COLLAPSE COMPLETE; Jaguars Fall to Texans, and into the Basement of the AFC South

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COLLAPSE COMPLETE; Jaguars Fall to Texans, and into the Basement of the AFC South

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

HOUSTON - Players say there's no "I" in team.

But the Jaguars (4-8) may have reminded fans there's one in the word "quit" during a 30-17 loss to the Texans in front of a record crowd at Reliant Stadium and a Monday Night Football national television audience.

Falling to a quick 10-0 deficit in the first quarter, the Jaguars couldn't respond with much offensively or defensively and surrendered 30 points for the second consecutive week.

The question now seems to be whether this team has quit on the season.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio firmly dismissed that notion.

"Show me an example of what would be an indication of [the team quitting]," Del Rio said. "You might say you don't like the execution. I would concur with that. It's been a disappointing year and a disappointing night. The only way to have a chance to get better is to continue to work."

A fumble, an interception, and a missed field goal - toss that in with countless missed tackles and several costly penalties - summarizes a deplorable first half for the Jaguars, who have turned the ball over eight times in the last two games. Still, the Texans made enough mistakes of their own to lead only 10-0 at the half.

But the Texans scored 20 points in the second half and led comfortably throughout the fourth quarter. A Steve Slaton 40-yard touchdown run with 2:11 remaining in the game gave Houston a 30-10 lead and sealed the game.

It was the second touchdown for Steve Slaton, who ran for a game-high 130 yards on 21 attempts. Kris Brown added three field goals for the Texans.

Jacksonville's touchdowns from Fred Taylor (9 carries, 67 yards) and Reggie Williams were scored with the game already decided. Taylor's score was his 70th career touchdown, giving him the all-time team record.

This Jaguars team is virtually the same as the one that finished 11-5 last season and won a playoff game. So the club appears to possess the talent win games, but Del Rio says the lack of execution continues to trip up the Jags.

"It just hasn't come together the way we'd like," Del Rio said. "We're gonna continue to do the right things for the right reasons. …

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