Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Fisher Friend, Not Foe This Week

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Fisher Friend, Not Foe This Week

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

Who would have thought the season would come down to the Jaguars rooting for Jeff Fisher?

But that's the situation the Jaguars find themselves in Sunday.

They not only need to beat Houston to make the playoffs, they need Fisher's Tennessee Titans to upset Indianapolis to get the Jaguars into the playoffs.

That's the same Jeff Fisher who beat the Jaguars three times in 1999, including the AFC title game, and then said the stadium then called Alltel was one of his home fields.

This could be Fisher's last game in Tennessee because he and team owner Bud Adams disagree on the future of quarterback Vince Young.

When Del Rio was asked tongue-in-cheek if he had contacted Fisher and offered him some incentive like a vacation, Del Rio laughed.

"He's already got a good spot up in Montana. I don't think I can entice him with that," Del Rio said. "But I'll definitely be pulling for him."

Del Rio was reminded that in 1977, the Houston Oilers, who eventually became the Titans, were sent expensive briefcases by the Steelers after upsetting Cincinnati to put the Steelers in the playoffs.

"That was back in the good old days," Del Rio said. "You can't even talk about that stuff anymore. I'd get in trouble talking about it."

The league has moved both the Jaguars-Texans and Colts-Titans games to 4:15 p.m., but Del Rio is putting all the focus on finishing the season 9-7.

"I think our guys understand the fact that we really want to finish this season on a high note," he said. "They're really committed and worked hard. We put a lot into this season, and we want to finish feeling good about ourselves."

SPECIAL-TEAMS STANDOUTS

Montell Owens took a long, winding road to the Pro Bowl.

When the Jaguars signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Maine in 2006, no other team offered him a contract.

"We didn't even know where to put him when he first got here," Del Rio said. "We tried him at safety, tried him at fullback, tried him everywhere and then ultimately said, 'We've got to find something for him to do, he's just too good on special teams.' "

And now, in his fifth season, Owens is in the Pro Bowl. …

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