Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Eight-Man Fronts a Test for Jaguars

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Eight-Man Fronts a Test for Jaguars

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Shortly after the Jaguars disposed of the San Francisco 9ers 41-3 Sunday, tackle Leon Searcy ventured over to running back Fred Taylor's locker and offered an apology.

"I told him we were sorry for the way we blocked as an offensive line," Searcy said. "We have to be better."

The Jaguars, despite their biggest margin of victory in history, are not happy with their running game. Taylor is questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina with a sprained foot. for Sunday's game in Charlotte against the Panthers,

He was held to 74 yards on 24 carries for a 3.1 average. As a team, the Jaguars ran for 97 yards on 34 carries for a 2.9 average, a very un-Super Bowl-like average.

"We have to do a better job with that," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said.

The Jaguars came into the season talking about the chance for Taylor to get 2,000 yards this season. But after Sunday's performance, a day that included two stuffs on third-and-1 and a stuff on second-and-1, the team is again concerned about the running game.

"We have work to do," Coughlin said.

One thing they must work on is dealing with the eight-man fronts they will almost certainly see each week. The 49ers were not going to allow Taylor to beat them, which led the Jaguars to turn to their passing game.

San Francisco brought its safeties up to the line to shut down the Jaguars' rushing attack, which was a strategy that worked early on. The Jaguars were able to rush for 38 yards on 17 carries in the first half against that eight-man front.

"They came into the game not wanting to get beat by the run," Searcy said. "They were loaded up to stop the run. But when they do that, it opens up the pass."

Searcy said it was hard to remember even one play when the 49ers weren't stacked at the line to stop the run. That helped make the Jaguars' passing game successful, with Mark Brunell throwing for 265 yards. …

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