Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Offensive Line Accomplishes Its Missions Gardener and Bowens Contained in 62-7 Rout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Offensive Line Accomplishes Its Missions Gardener and Bowens Contained in 62-7 Rout

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Sixty-two points, and John Wade still didn't think the Jaguars offensive line did anything remarkable.

What's important, Wade said, is that the unit didn't need to put opposing linemen on their backs. Tailback Fred Taylor needs only a bit of open space to work his magic, and quarterback Mark Brunell requires only to be upright.

Yesterday's offensive explosions in a 62-7 victory over the Dolphins started with a simple game plan on the line, solid execution, and the confidence to perform without All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli. And it came against a Miami defensive line that had six sacks last week against Seattle, and against a defense that finished fourth in the league.

"To score that many points, those guys up front are doing something right," said Brunell.

Wade was more understated.

"We didn't do anything real outstanding," said Wade, the Jaguars center who combined with guards Rich Tylski and Zach Wiegert to control Miami tackles Daryl Gardner and Tim Bowens. "Those guys are serious players . . . they're men. I thought we just held them to a stalemate, but the good thing about that is Fred Taylor only needs a little crease. Then anything can happen. And all you have to do is buy Mark a little time, and he'll make a big play."

The line had two missions against the Dolphins: run the ball against Gardner and Bowens, both of whom are listed at 315 pounds and often seem as if they're occupying all the space between the hash marks; and give Brunell protection against ends Trace Armstrong, Jason Taylor and Rich Owens.

And, they had to do it without Boselli, who suffered torn knee ligaments in the Jaguars' final regular-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals Jan. 2. The burden was on Ben Coleman to fill in, and he did as well as usual in those situations: Brunell was sacked twice, but neither one came over Coleman. …

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