Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Del Rio Doesn't Regret Decision; Jags Coach Chose to Kick a Field Goal Down 7 Late against the Steelers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Del Rio Doesn't Regret Decision; Jags Coach Chose to Kick a Field Goal Down 7 Late against the Steelers

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Sunday against the Steelers, the Jaguars faced a fourth-and-6 deep in Pittsburgh territory, trailing by seven points late in the fourth quarter.

After first leaving the offense on the field, coach Jack Del Rio changed his mind after a time out and sent kicker Josh Scobee out for a 45-yard field goal.

Scobee's kick was true, cutting the lead to 17-13 - the eventual final score. Shedding some light on his decision, Del Rio said he was swayed because running back Deji Karim lost two yards on the preceding play.

"Certainly when it was third-and-4, we were thinking of four downs. We didn't expect to take a loss, and so it came into question only because we took a negative play on third-and-4," Del Rio said.

There was some question why the Jaguars took running back Maurice Jones-Drew off the field for that play and ran Karim. Del Rio didn't blame Karim.

"Deji had a nice run on a short-yardage situation earlier in the game, but it was blocked well. I'm not sure if Bronko Nagurski would have been able to run on that one. Larry Csonka would have had trouble there, too," Del Rio said.

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley tackled Karim in the backfield.

The two-yard loss made it third-and-6 at the Steelers 27 with 4:22 left in the game and the Jaguars trailing 17-10.

Del Rio first decided to go for it, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert took the team to the line of scrimmage. But Gabbert called a timeout when he saw the Steelers' defensive formation, and Del Rio sent out Scobee.

Del Rio thought the defense would get the ball back with enough time for a winning touchdown drive.

"Look, we make calls throughout the game. That's one that certainly people will look back and ask that question," Del Rio said. "We did what we thought was right there, took the points. The defense had been playing well. The defense got the ball back, just not with as much time as we'd hoped, but we had our opportunity there."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambled three yards for a first down on third-and-2 on a play that started with 2:54 left. The Jaguars didn't call time out until 2:31 was left. …

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