Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jags Expect Adjustments

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jags Expect Adjustments

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Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher closed practices this week to the media in the wake of his team's 59-0 debacle at New England. In addition, Fisher said he'd explore the possibility of making "minor roster changes," according to the Tennessean.

So should the Jaguars expect a totally revamped Titans squad next week? It doesn't matter, several Jaguars said.

"I don't know what their plans are, but no matter what they do, we've got to be ready," linebacker Daryl Smith said. "It's a divisional game. All I know is they're gonna come out and play us hard. Regardless of what they try to do, they're still going to be a physical team that tries to impose its will."

After averaging 23.4 points per game last season, Tennessee's offense hasn't scored a touchdown in eight quarters. The woeful performance of quarterback Kerry Collins further complicates matters. He's thrown eight interceptions and five touchdowns, and the club has inserted backup Vince Young in each of the past two games.

Defensively, the Titans have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 73.9 percent of their passes for 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Because of injuries, Tennessee used three inexperienced players - including two rookies - in the secondary last Sunday, which allowed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to throw six TD passes in less than three quarters.

All but one of the quarterbacks Tennessee's defense has faced passed for more than 300 yards - Jaguars quarterback David Garrard threw for 305 against the Titans earlier this month.

"We're just gonna go off what we see on film," Garrard said. "We know their schemes and what they do. If they come out with something totally different from what we've seen when we show up, we've got to be ready for it. We've got to be ready to midstream adjust."

"It's not even about them or what they do," added tight end Marcedes Lewis. "If we worry about them, we're not spending enough time worrying about us. …

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