Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Jaguars Have Something to Play For

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Jaguars Have Something to Play For

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Forty-seven days, 28 practices and seven Sunday games.

That's all that will be left of the star-crossed Jaguars season when the team resumes practice Wednesday after having three of the last four days off.

The season has featured a 1-8 start - the worst in franchise history - and they're 6-22 since the last three games of the 2010 season, the worst 28-game stretch in franchise history.

The Jaguars know their season will end on Dec. 30 in Tennessee and there will be no playoffs.

But they do have something to play for according to defensive end Jeremy Mincey.

"Pride and jobs are all on the line. That's what being a professional is all about," he said.

Owner Shad Khan has said he won't make decisions on the future so the Jaguars have time to make a positive impression.

And after Sunday's game at Houston, they play only one winning team (New England) the rest of the way. The other five games are against Tennessee (twice), Buffalo, Miami and the New York Jets.

"We've got to learn to get over the hump," Mincey said. "Bad days happen but we've got to find a way to keep fighting."

Mincey says it definitely crosses his mind about trying to save the coaches' jobs.

"Every coach on the staff has been good to me," he said. "They're good coaches and good friends. The coaches definitely aren't the problem. People can say what they want to say but the players make the plays. The coaches can only do so much."


Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said the team has to be more disciplined after getting 10 penalties for 115 yards against the Colts. Both were season highs.

"I wouldn't say we're an undisciplined football team. I don't think that's the case. We make some mistakes. That's going to happen once in a while and we've got to do whatever we can to limit those," he said.

One of the penalties was on coach Mike Mularkey for going on the field and throwing his headset down because he didn't think the officials reviewed Andrew Luck's one-yard TD run. …

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