The term elite is often overused in the NFL. "Elite" teams seemingly change from week to week, and…
Extra Special, Special Teams
"I'm predominantly a special teams guy, but with the Jaguars, big plays can happen on special teams, just look at (Josh) Scobee the last two weeks with game winning field goals so big things can happen on special teams," said special teams ace Montell Owens.
The Jaguars special teams units ruled the day against the Texans, as they throttled Houston's explosive return man Andre Davis, who returned not one, but two kickoffs for touchdowns against the Jaguars in last year's regular season finale. Davis was held to just 13 yards per kickoff return Sunday.
"We knew it was a challenge, first of all, understanding that they've got good teams, they've got good returners, and that was a challenge going in," said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. "Certainly pleased with that but there were also some things that we need to do better, even in a phase when we come out of the game saying yeah, that was a good solid performance. There are some things we need to clean up."
Aside from doing each of the little things to near perfection, the Jaguars special teams units have been tricky as well, recovering a surprise onsides kick already and scoring a touchdown on a fourth down fake punt by special teams ace Montell Owens.
"Montell continues to be a force for us covering kicks, blocking, doing all the little things and then (he) made the great play on fourth down where we went for the fake and made it work and he really did a nice job of running the football there," Del Rio explained.
A few years ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars were losing games because of poor special teams coverage and no explosive return ability. Special teams were truly a weakness for the team, but under special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, the Jaguars special teams unit has done a 180 and is now amongst the best in the NFL.
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