Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Down, but Not out Team Refuses to Pack It In

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Down, but Not out Team Refuses to Pack It In

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This is how bad things have gotten for the Jaguars: Even their

plans for a players-only meeting went awry yesterday.

After Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, several

players said a players-only meeting would take place yesterday.

But, after the regular team meeting, and then Pro Bowl voting,

the Jaguars opted not to have the players-only meeting -- for

now.

Despite not having the meeting, some players still think one

is necessary and one could be held in the next few days.

Why?

There is definite concern about this team and how it is

playing.

"We have to find out what's going on," Jaguars running back

Natrone Means said. "We need to go in there and voice our

opinions and see what comes out of it."

"Players-only meetings sometimes help," quarterback Mark

Brunell said. "Hopefully in this case, it will."

After losing to the Patriots 26-20 Sunday, the 9-5 Jaguars now

need a miracle to win the AFC Central title. They would have to

win two games, with Pittsburgh losing two.

They can, however, get into the playoffs with a victory Sunday

against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. Even if they

don't win Sunday or in the finale against the Oakland Raiders,

the Jaguars can make the playoffs if the New York Jets lose one

of their final two games.

That means the team could get into the playoffs with four

losses in their final five games, and having lost their final

three.

"We could hobble in," guard Ben Coleman said. "But that's not

something we want to do."

Although the players-only meeting didn't take place, coach Tom

Coughlin did hold his normal Monday meeting with his players.

The point he hammered home most was that the season has taken on

a different approach.

"We haven't been very effective on the road, so now the

pressure swings to that side," Coughlin said. "It will be a

challenge, but I look forward to it."

Coughlin also reiterated a point he made a day earlier that his

team has to work harder in practice if it wants to win on

Sunday. …

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