Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Hurdle Cleared Jags Get Physical in Win over Chiefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Hurdle Cleared Jags Get Physical in Win over Chiefs

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It was during a film session last week the Jaguars got all the

motivation they needed for yesterday's game with the Kansas City


Coach Tom Coughlin put on a tape for his players that was

filled with illegal and dirty hits made by Chiefs players

against their opponents. Included were late hits, cuts on

receivers and forearms to running backs during pileups.

"It was bad," said guard Brian DeMarco.

Then Coughlin delivered a message: Be ready for more, and don't

back down.

The message appeared to have sunk in. The Jaguars, who have

never been known as a physical team, showed they may be ready to

change that, as they defeated the Chiefs 21-16 to move to 2-0 on

the season.

A crowd of 69,821 at Alltel Stadium saw the Jaguars stand up to

the Chiefs and what many players called their questionable


"The message we sent was that we won't back down from anyone,"

said DeMarco. "I think what they do is cheap. Do it before the

whistle. We responded and told them we wouldn't take any of that


"A lot of people think we're a finesse team, but we're a

physical team," said safety Donovin Darius. "We weren't going to

accept them latehitting our guys. We want to make a statement

that when you come in here, you're not just going to push us


The Jaguars won with a physical style that was remindful of an

NFC East team. They won with a dominant running game, which

included the second consecutive 100-yard game by James Stewart,

the first time a Jaguars back has accomplished that feat.

The run game was so dominant that quarterback Mark Brunell

threw only 18 passes -- completing 11 -- the fewest amount of

passes he has thrown in his Jaguars starts. Brunell did toss a

17-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Smith in the first quarter, but

it was a day for the ground attack.

And special teams. Reggie Barlow's 85-yard punt return for a

touchdown -- the first-ever by a Jaguars player -- opened the

scoring with 10:58 to go in the first quarter. …

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