Opponent – Jacksonville Jaguars

2010 record: 3-3 and in fourth place in the AFC South, just one game out of first place. The Jaguars started the season with a 24-17 victory over Denver. Then there were back-to-back losses to San Diego and Philadelphia, both by 25 points. They followed up with back-to-back victories over Indianapolis by three points and 10 points over Buffalo. On Monday night, they were smashed 30-3 by Tennessee.

Last year’s record: 7-9 and in fourth place in the AFC South.

Record for the last five seasons: 43-37, with two spots in the playoffs in 2005 and 2007. In both seasons they were second in the division behind Indianapolis. In the other seasons they were either third or fourth in the AFC South.

Last appearance in the playoffs: in 2007, when they beat Pittsburgh 31-29 in the wildcard round before losing to New England 31-20.

Owner: Wayne Weaver has been the majority owner of the Jaguars since the team’s inception in 1995. Weaver made his money in shoes, and at various times has been owner of companies like Nine West, Liz Claiborne Shoes and the Weaver family owns the majority of the Shoe Carnival stores around the country. There nine partners in the business, including former Chiefs safety and still Kansas City resident Deron Cherry. The others are essentially Jacksonville businessmen.

General Manager: Gene Smith was named GM in ’09, after spending the previous 15 years in various roles in player personnel with the franchise. He began as a scout for the Blesto Scouting Combine, then served as a college scout for the Jags, moving up to director of scouting and finally executive director of college and pro personnel.

Head coach: Jack Del Rio has been the Jaguars head coach for eight seasons now, named in January 2003. He has a regular season record of 60-58 and is 1-2 in the post-season. He’s one of seven NFL head coaches who played in the league. Del Rio played 11 seasons at linebacker with the Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings. Once he got into coaching, he worked with the Saints, Ravens and Panthers. Right now, he’s fifth in tenure among NFL head coaches, with only Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher, Philadelphia’s Andy Reid, New England’s Bill Belichick and Carolina’s John Fox on the job longer than Del Rio.

Coordinators: offense, Dirk Koetter in his fourth Jacksonville season; defense, Mel Tucker in his second season with Jags; special teams, Russ Purnell, his second season with the team.

Roster overview: The Jaguars touched all avenues of personnel acquisition in putting together this team. They have 26 of their draft choices on the roster, including four first-round picks and 15 from the first three rounds. On their starting 22, 18 players are draft choices. They have seven college free agents, along with eight street free agents, three unrestricted free agents, five players claimed on waivers and three by trade. What’s interesting about their roster is while a lot of teams fill up on players from the top six conferences and Notre Dame, Jacksonville this year has 14 players from Division I-AA and II programs. They have only one player who has more than 10 years experience, C Brad Meester in his 11th season. It’s a young roster with 27 players who are 25 years old and younger, including 14 that are 23 and younger. Only eight players are 30 years old plus.

Quarterback: David Garrard has been the Jaguars starting quarterback since the 2007 season, replacing Mark Brunell. He put together 38 consecutive starts, but that streak may end against the Chiefs due to the blow to the head Garrard suffered against the Titans on Monday night. He has a career record as a starting quarterback of 34-34, with a 94.9 passer rating, 75 touchdown passes against 46 interceptions.

Offensive threats: Maurice Jones-Drew has scored 50 rushing and eight receiving touchdowns in 69 games since joining the Jaguars as a second-round choice in the ’06 NFL Draft. Last year, he had his career best season, rushing 312 times for 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns. The leading receiver is WR Mike Thomas with 29 catches for 346 yards. TE Marcedes Lewis has 20 catches, including five for touchdowns.

Defensive stars: LB Daryl Smith leads the team in total tackles with 54 over six games. Former Raiders MLB Kirk Morrison is second with 49 tackles. Former Packers DE Aaron Kampman brings some pass rush presence for the defense and he has three sacks this year and 57 in his career. So does DT Terrance Knighton. Veteran CB Rashean Mathis leads the secondary and has 28 career interceptions with three returned for touchdowns.

Special teamers: K Josh Scobee is having a big year, going 11 for 11 on FGs and 11 for 11 on PATs. His 59-yard FG was good enough to give the Jags a victory over the Colts. Punter Adam Podlesh averages 43.7 yards a punt. Jacksonville’s return game is not very good, as they average 8.1 yards on punts and 25.2 yards on kickoff returns.

By the numbers: Jaguars are 25th in offensive yards averaging 301.2 yards per game. They are sixth in rushing and 26 in passing. They are No. 27 in defensive yards, giving up an average of 374.8 yards per game. They are No. 19 in rushing defense and No. 28 against the pass. They are minus-57 in point differential, minus-seven in the turnover ratio and minus-three on the sack ratio.

Top ’10 draft picks: 1.) DT Tyson Alualu, California, starter at DT and has 32 tackles and 1.5 sacks; 3.) DT D’Anthony Smith, Louisiana Tech, injured reserve with an Achilles injury suffered in training camp; 5.) DE Larry Hart, Central Arkansas, backup defensive end; 5.) DE Austen Lane, Murray State, third-team defensive end.

Familiar faces: Del Rio spent two seasons with the Chiefs (1987-88) and is remembered best as the guy who got into a fight with Chiefs great Otis Taylor outside Arrowhead Stadium during the ’87 players strike. On the active roster are a couple of former Chiefs – OT Jordan Black and DB Tyron Brackenridge. Part of the Jags practice squad is former Chiefs WR Lance Long, who was released during the ’10 preseason. Also on the ’10 roster is former Mizzou DL C.J. Mosley.

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