Jaguars head into bye week upbeat about progress
They didn’t care that two of them came against winless teams, Tennessee and St. Louis, or that the other came when Houston fumbled at goal line in the closing minutes.
“You never want to go into a bye week with the spoils of a loss on your hands,” receiver
It was close to going the other way, though.
Despite racking up 492 yards and 33 first downs against the
Jacksonville had three turnovers, including two deep in St. Louis territory. The other was an interception
No one would have been surprised to see the
But veteran receiver
Jacksonville won the coin toss in overtime, took the ball and marched 62 yards against the
“Positive response in some adverse situations,” Del Rio said. “I think that was huge for our football team. That’s something to build on, something to rally around.”
If Jacksonville wins its next two games, against the
“We’re still trying to find out exactly who we are,” linebacker
“Right now, we’re treading water,” Del Rio said. “We’ve given ourselves an opportunity in our division. Through six games, you’ve seen some glimpses of a pretty good, young football team. It hasn’t been as consistent as we’d like. We’re working at that.
“As a coach, you realize you may get some of that with a young group, but you’re never going to settle for it or accept it. We’re gaining experience on the run right now.”
Del Rio said Mathis might need surgery, but if so, it would not be season-ending. Del Rio also expects linebacker
Del Rio believes his team had more positives than negatives going right now, especially after pulling out a win headed into the bye.
“The fact that we didn’t blink, we kept fighting, was real positive,” he said. “We hung in there and we were able to win that game.”