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Those madcap Jaguars get tricky again on offense

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Maybe it’s desperation, or maybe it’s just a gimmick to keep players paying attention during a season that won’t end in the playoff hunt.

But whatever the motivation, the Jaguars — yes the Jaguars — are spicing things up with some trick plays at the right time to spark a stagnant offense.

Last week it was running back Maurice Jones-Drew throwing the first touchdown pass by a non-quarterback in franchise history (since 1995). It took less than a week for someone to join him, with wide receiver Ace Sanders taking a lateral from quarterback Chad Henne and firing back across field to Jordan Todman to help the Jags put away the Texans.

“You can only call those on certain down-and-distances,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said, via Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union. “You try to get tendencies on coverages and when you think is the best chance to get man coverage. We just felt in that situation, it was a good time to take that shot [with Sanders' pass]. We were thinking about calling it a series or two earlier. The down-and-distance just hit at the right time.

“The ball was also on the correct hash, the right side. It was in the area of the field where we practiced it from, between the 25 and the 15. You don’t want to do those [double passes], in my opinion, and not get a touchdown with it. Things just worked out for us.”

The play worked, and things have sufficiently loosened up. Jones-Drew ran for over 100 yards for the first time in more than a year, and the Jaguars showed something resembling a personality.

They’re still 4-9, and they’re still last in the league in offense.

But for a project which coach Gus Bradley and General Manager Dave Caldwell knew was going to take more than a year, such plays are the kind of thing that helps keep players pulling in the same direction, allowing the organization to work toward a larger goal.

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7 Responses to “Those madcap Jaguars get tricky again on offense”
  1. grogansheroes says: Dec 6, 2013 7:58 AM

    I think that Jags fans should be hopeful. The team, without a ton of talent is playing well. Both Parcells and Belechick were 5-11 their first year with the Pats. If they can upgrade their talent a bit, they can contend in a mediocre division next year a la Carolina. Their defense seems solid, Henne is not as bad as some QB’s. Seems like they have a good coach. Future looks bright.

  2. jjb0811 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:59 AM

    Sweeping division favorites!

  3. ravensrooster94 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:12 AM

    This is getting ridiculous. Break up the Jaguars!

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 6, 2013 8:26 AM

    It was fun to watch the players and fans enjoying a home game for the first time in a long time. Hate it for MJD that he had to finish that win in the locker room. Great to beat the Texans twice in a season! Watch out–because the Bills are tanking and we can beat the sorry Titans again. A six-pack of wins for this team would be great.

  5. tvguy22 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:32 AM

    Gotta give Gus credit for making these guys play hard down the stretch.

  6. theptfpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 8:37 AM

    As a vikings fan… I wish my team was half as relevant as the Jaguars.

  7. charger383 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:54 PM

    love to see those plays every so often

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