Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

CLOSE LOSSES WEARING

It's no consolation to coach Tom Coughlin that the Jaguars' six losses this season have come by a total of 39 points, including agonizing defeats by just one, three and four points.

By comparison, the NFC's Arizona Cardinals -- also in last place in their division with an equal 3-6 record -- have lost their six games by a combined 83 points.

"It's frustrating, because . . . in six of those seven games, we certainly have had a chance to win," Coughlin said yesterday, fewer than 24 hours after a 20-7 loss to Pittsburgh that was closer than the season-worst final margin. "All of these games are right there -- 13-7, 6-0, what have you. We just need to make a play and win. Somebody needs to find a way to win."

The Jaguars also started last season 3-6 but weren't nearly as competitive in that stretch as this year's team. The 2000 version of the Jaguars suffered their first six losses by a combined 81 points.

HANSEN GETS MORE KUDOS

Coughlin thinks punter Chris Hanson deserves Pro Bowl consideration after another tremendous display of hang time and accuracy during Sunday's loss.

Hanson is fourth in the NFL in punting and has the league's second-highest net average at 39.2 yards after averaging 46.6 yards on seven punts against the Steelers. Hanson had three punts downed inside the 20 and has put seven inside the 20 in the last two games.

Not bad for a journeyman free agent signed late in the preseason to compete with fifth-round draft pick David Leaverton. Hanson now finds his name among the league's most noted punters, including Oakland's Shane Lechler and Denver's Tom Rouen.

"Chris Hanson has done a superb job," Coughlin said. "There is no other way of saying it. He's done an outstanding job with his hang time and his distance. I'm very, very pleased with that aspect of our special teams."

NO INTERCEPTIONS AGAIN

The Jaguars' secondary, criticized for its soft zone coverage this season, failed to record an interception once again Sunday -- much to Coughlin's consternation. …

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