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Although the Jaguars are sitting at the bottom of the AFC South standings with an 0-2 record, and an 0-2 conference record, the team doesn’t appear to have much of a sense of panic.
“I’m not frustrated,” said running back Fred Taylor. “I know we can easily be 2-0 but we’re not. Frustration hasn’t set in just yet, the season is way too long for that. I don’t want to go into any games in the future pressing or being out of character or trying to make certain things happen that aren’t there so in other words I don’t want to chase any ghosts.”
The team knows their backs are against the wall, but it’s only week two and there’s longer than three months left in the regular season.
“We’ve got a lot of football to play and a lot of time to turn it around,” Taylor said after Sunday’s loss. “We would have liked to had this one in front of our home crowd but that’s not the case so we have to go back to the drawing board and keep plugging away.”
The Jaguars are looking at last year’s Super Bowl champions as an inspiration, as the 2007 Giants also began 0-2.
“Look at the New York Giants last year, everybody counted them out,” said Jaguars rookie defensive end Quentin Groves. “Now they are champions and you can’t say that anymore so you can take it as a plus or a negative. I think in our situation we should take it as a plus. The one thing we have to do is come back tomorrow and get ready to bounce back. All I can say is look at the New York Giants.”
Although Jacksonville has the same record as teams like St. Louis, Miami, and Seattle, they haven’t played that poorly. If a few things went their way, they may be in a different situation.
“Well, we have to look at the positives; we could have easily been 2-0 right now,” said Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis. “It’s not like we came out and just played terrible football. They were both close games and we have to find a positive out of this. How we react to this situation will determine our season.”
The Jaguars are going to have to react swiftly and positively, or the 2008 season can quickly get away from them. Jacksonville has a trip to Indianapolis looming next weekend, a place in which they haven’t recorded a victory since 2004.
“It’s really big especially since it’s a division game,” said Quentin Groves. “If we can go there and come out of there 1-1 in our division it speaks highly of our character. So we just have to come in and watch the film, recognize what we have to do and get better.”
Following their trip to Indianapolis is a home game against the Houston Texans, who have a winning record against Jacksonville. The next week is a prime time game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who look like one of the best teams in the AFC, and a trip to Denver, who is currently averaging 40 points per game. If the Jaguars can’t show great resolve, an 0-6 start isn’t completely out of the question.