Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Defensive Coordinator Gets Game Ball vs. Ravens

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Defensive Coordinator Gets Game Ball vs. Ravens

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

After the Jaguars' defensive performance against the Baltimore Ravens, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio pointed at defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to congratulate him. In a scene shown on the weekly television show "Jaguars All Access" Del Rio joked to Tucker.

"I don't know what you're giving those boys in the room, man, but hell of a job," Del Rio said, before giving Tucker a game ball.

One part of Tucker's game plan that shone brightly was the successful man coverage by cornerbacks Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox, who both played their best games of the season Monday night.

That's been the plan throughout this season, and it didn't change drastically against the Ravens.

"They wanted to put the corners or the DBs in tighter coverage so that we could challenge more throws," Cox said. "That was definitely, just this season that was the goal for the team. Want to play tighter coverage and challenge throws."

They held Anquan Boldin to only four catches on 12 targets for 40 yards. Quarterback Joe Flacco only had 137 yards - 90 of which came on the Ravens' touchdown drive.

It was the Jaguars' first game with Cox since he injured his groin in practice before the Jaguars played the Saints. Cox also missed the Jaguars' Week 2 game against the New York Jets.

"He's not an emotion guy," Mathis said of Tucker. "He doesn't call plays off emotion. He sticks to his game plan; he mixes it up. He mixes it up when he feels like it needs to be mixed up. He has a good feel for it."


Del Rio took a golf cart to practice Wednesday. He'd been limping around the stadium - though he good-naturedly denies it's a limp - since a sideline collision with Ravens punter Sam Koch on Monday night.

Del Rio had a sleeve on his left leg, but said the injury wasn't a big deal.

"I got a bag of ice and a couple Tylenol and that's it," Del Rio said. "I'm good to go."

Del Rio became the second NFL head coach in as many weeks to be hit by a player on the sideline, but he fared much better than New Orleans coach Sean Payton, who suffered a broken bone and torn cartilage in his knee. …

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