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Players Give Cold Shoulder to Conditions; Jaguars Knew What to Expect for a January Game in Cleveland

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Players Give Cold Shoulder to Conditions; Jaguars Knew What to Expect for a January Game in Cleveland

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

CLEVELAND - The Jaguars haven't fared well in cold-weather games.

They're now 1-8 in games played in temperatures 27 degrees or lower after losing the third coldest game in their history on Sunday, 23-17 to the Cleveland Browns.

The temperature was 16 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill that made it feel minus-1.

Still the Jaguars insisted the weather was no factor in the outcome.

Tight end Ernest Wilford said, "Cleveland was the better team today.''

"The weather didn't matter,'' said rookie defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. "You could look at the schedule and know that playing Cleveland in Week 17 was going to be like this. You knew what to expect.''

"What does the weather have to do with anything?'' asked running back Maurice Jones-Drew. "They're playing in the same thing. We had a lot of things we didn't do well today.''

Coach Jack Del Rio said: "I wouldn't really try and put it on the weather. I think that is something that we looked forward to. We don't get a lot of this. I think the guys were looking forward to coming up here and getting into the elements.''

The offensive linemen made a statement by playing without sleeves on their arms, although they rubbed Vaseline on them.

"What would it have looked like walking out there with sleeves on like we were really worried about the weather?" guard Uche Nwaneri said

Guard Vince Manuwai added that "at a certain point, you don't really try to count degrees no more. It was cold. You take the opportunity to get warm when you're not in there."

The Jaguars had heated benches to sit on and cornerback Derek Cox said he had a handwarmer in a pouch on his uniform.

"At the end of the day, nobody cares about the weather," Nwaneri said. "Nobody wants to hear it was too cold."

The cold did affect the passing game and the Browns virtually stopped throwing after Derek Anderson threw a pass to the left side that Cox intercepted in the second quarter. …

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