Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Feeling Fine Winning Ways Giving Jaguars Confidence

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Feeling Fine Winning Ways Giving Jaguars Confidence

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Good teams in the NFL believe they're good. They have an

attitude, a swagger, a confidence about them.

That kind of confidence is starting to show up in the Jaguars'

locker room, especially after Sunday's 40-13 blowout of the New

York Giants.

"You look at the teams that have been good -- the Cowboys, the

Packers. They have that confidence," Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli

said. "Maybe a little inner arrogance that they know they are

good."

And the Jaguars, do they have it?

"I think so," he said. "I think it's developing. We know how to

win now, which is something we didn't know how to do in the

past."

One day after beating the Giants with a third-string

quarterback (Steve Matthews), the Jaguars players were echoing

what their coach Tom Coughlin said a day before:

They know they are fairly good.

"Yes, we are, point blank," wide receiver Jimmy Smith said.

"We're a good football team. We've found out how to win football

games. Even with a third-string quarterback, we've found how to

step it up on both sides of the ball. I knew we had the

potential to be as good as we want to be.

"Who knows, we may get even better."

The Jaguars' seven-game, regular-season winning streak is the

longest in the NFL, making them the NFL's hottest team heading

into their bye week. At 2-0, they are alone in first place in

the AFC Central for the first time, and, counting the preseason

and playoffs, they have won 14 of their last 16 games.

"It's been a long time since we lost," defensive tackle John

Jurkovic said. "We're 10-2 in the last 12. We're going out there

expecting to win."

Although the Jaguars appear confident, Coughlin won't let them

get arrogant. That's simply not his style.

"I hope there's not anything but a confident, humble approach

to each game," Coughlin said. "Each game is an individual

challenge. Anyone in the NFL is capable of beating any other

team. …

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