Offensive Line Dancing
The Jaguars were without starting left tackle Eugene Monroe on offense Sunday, so they shifted the line around with Guy Whimper playing left tackle, Eben Britton returning to right tackle, and rookie Will Rackley back at left guard.
"He (Monroe) had a shoulder/neck issue last week that kept him from being able to participate fully in practices," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said.
Whimper actually played better than anticipated, but Britton had a very poor day at right tackle. If the line continues to play at this level, the Jaguars will have a difficult time winning another football game.
Strangely enough, Eugene Monroe wasn't healthy enough to start or play at left tackle but was in during special teams.
"I think we made it through the game in pretty good shape there and hopefully it settled down and we'll have him this week," Del Rio said of his starting left tackle.
Turk Saved His Job
Jaguars punter Matt Turk saved his job for seemingly at least another week as he landed a pair of punts inside the 20-yard in Sunday's loss. Turk did shank a kick but a friendly roll dropped it deep into Saints territory.
"Really just one mis-hit and I'm not sure what the yardage was on that," Del Rio said. "He actually had a couple pretty solid rugby punts. We got the one that went out at the two or three- that was well done."
AFC South Champions? Say what?
Despite dropping their last three games and an upcoming schedule which includes trips to Pittsburgh and Houston and sandwiched between a visit from Baltimore, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio believes that his team can still win the division.
"We expect to be division champions," Del Rio boldly stated in his Monday press conference.
Currently sitting in third place in the division and two games behind both the Titans and Texans, the Jaguars head coach's confidence seems to be somewhat laughable.
"I don't think I can convince anybody by talking about it right now," Del Rio said after being asked what he's seen that makes him believe his team can win likely 9 of their last 12 games.
"I think what I'm really concerned about is getting ready for Cincinnati this week," Del Rio added.
All division title talk does is add an even bigger target to the one that's already on Jack Del Rio's back, considering his team has yet to win a division title under his eight-year tenure. If the team cannot pull off a victory against the Bengals this week, it seems increasingly likely will head into the Week 8 bye week with a record of 2-6 or 3-5 at the very best and Del Rio's return following the break will be in doubt.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of “The Sports Crunch” on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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