Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Noteworthy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Noteworthy

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DOMINATED

The Jaguars spent yesterday morning bemoaning a tough,

fourthquarter loss to the Steelers Sunday, but a look at the

statistics indicates they were fortunate to be close at the end.

The Jaguars, except for creating three turnovers to the

Steelers' one, lost every major statistical category in a 23-17

overtime loss at Three Rivers Stadium, and not only that, they

lost big:

Total yards: 439-267.

Rushing: 141-73.

Passing: 298-194.

First downs: 26-16.

Third-down efficiency: 53 percent-29 percent.

Time of possession: 41:27-24:20.

"We didn't play our best game," WR Willie Jackson said. "We

didn't have the best game on offense."

HELLO, WILLIE

Jackson, the team's leading receiver in 1995, had his biggest

game of the season Sunday.

Not only did he catch the game's first touchdown -- an

8-yarder from QB Mark Brunell in the second quarter -- he also

had a 45-yard gain to set up a field goal later in the quarter.

Jackson, who caught three passes for 64 yards against the

Steelers, now has nine catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns

this season.

"I don't think I've ever seen anybody take him down, one

player," TE Pete Mitchell said. "He's a weapon."

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES?

A running theme is beginning to develop in Jaguars coach Tom

Coughlin's news conferences.

Or maybe you could call it a not-so-running theme.

The theme is whether Coughlin will make changes on the

offensive line in an effort to improve the running game. The

question was asked last week, and C Michael Cheever got work

with the first-team unit as the Jaguars prepared for the

Steelers a week ago.

Dave Widell started at the spot Sunday, but when the Jaguars

managed just 73 yards on 23 carries, the topic came up again

yesterday.

"I won't make any decisions on what we're going to be doing

until Wednesday," Coughlin said.

AN UNHAPPY 5-3

Sometimes, perception is everything. …

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