Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Another Lousy Opening for Jags

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Another Lousy Opening for Jags

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

HOUSTON - The Jaguars might want to put in more time practicing for their first series of the game. For the second consecutive week, they fell behind quickly.

Last week, the Jaguars fumbled twice in the first 20 seconds, including a botched snap on their first play, and trailed Minnesota 14-0 in the first two minutes.

On Monday night against the Houston Texans, they gave up a touchdown drive on the first series and then were guilty of false starts by Khalif Barnes and Greg Jones on their first two offensive plays and punted.

After an exchange of interceptions, Houston's Kris Brown kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 8:31 elapsed in the first quarter. The Texans went on to win 30-17.

The Jaguars came in with a 16-35 record under coach Jack Del Rio when their opponent scores first.

FASHION STATEMENT

The Jaguars' slow start led to bashing by Tony Kornheiser on the ESPN telecast, who said they looked "terrible'' at the outset.

Kornheiser added that Del Rio was wearing a "hot leather jacket" and "looks good."

Del Rio wore a tie under the jacket for the first time this year. Coaches must wear NFL sanctioned merchandise and Del Rio's leather coat had a Jaguars insignia on it.

CRITICISM FOR PORTER

Wide receiver Jerry Porter was the target of the ESPN commentators when he dropped a second-quarter pass on third down to kill a drive.

Mike Tirico called Porter a "disastrous free-agent signing," Ron Jaworski said it was a "horrible drop," and Kornheiser said Porter got $10 million (in guaranteed money) for one touchdown catch.

Porter caught a 32-yard pass in the third quarter, but it was called back by a facemask penalty on tight end George Wrighster, who was playing for the first time this season after spending 11 weeks on the physically unable to perform list.

SCOBEE NOT AUTOMATIC

Kicker Josh Scobee missed his third consecutive field goal attempt in the second quarter when he was wide right from 43 yards. …

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