Richard Miller’s First Weekly JagAWARDS
Last night was the beginning of a new era for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Donning white tops and black pants, Jacksonville kicked off its 2009 preseason schedule. After the team's 12-9 loss to the Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium, I begin my Weekly JagAWARDS.
Every morning after the Jaguar game, I will post my Awards. This will replace the Weekly Sports Round-Up I've been doing... at least for the football season.
Now, on to the Awards…
Best Play of the Game: Dolphin Ernest Wilford’s 33-yard touchdown reception – Former Jaguar Wilford caught a Chad Henne pass for six. However, Jaguar safety Gerald Alexander missed a fairly easy tackle on Wilford. My guess is Alexander watches that play at least 15 times this week.
Best Director (goes to Jaguar coach or coordinator): Mark Duffner, Linebackers Coach – Entering his fourth season with the Jaguars, Duffner has another solid group of linebackers. With middle linebacker Justin Durant leading the unit, the linebackers will be enjoyable to watch this year. The depth at linebacker is incredible. Cuts at this position are going to be difficult.
Best Jaguar in a Leading Role: Todd Bouman, backup quarterback – He is fighting for the backup role. In over two quarters of play, Bouman was 10/18 for 130 yards with one interception. However, his play declined towards the end of the third quarter. He needs to keep this pace if he wants to hold off the younger Paul Smith.
Best Jaguar in a Supporting Role: Sean Considine, safety – He is a ball hawk. During the first half, Considine recorded three tackles. He was close to every ball carrier. Considine can be a lead-by-example player this season. My compliments go out to general manager Gene Smith on acquiring Considine.
Worst Jaguar(s): The special teams unit – Kicker Josh Scobee had three special-teams tackles. And, Dolphin rookie Chris Williams broke out into the open field four times on kickoffs. Russ Purnell, the Jaguars’ special teams coach, is not a happy man right now.
Best Dolphin in a Leading Role: Chad Henne, backup quarterback – The former Michigan star looked impressive against the Jaguars. He threw for 94 yards on 7 of 11 throwing. He had one touchdown and an interception. Henne will replace Pennington as the starter at some point during the season. He is much more talented than the 33-year-old Pennington.
Best Dolphin in a Supporting Role: Jake Long, starting left tackle – The second-year starter is stellar. At one of the premier positions in football, Long will be a mainstay in Miami. Long won’t receive much recognition, but that’s what you want with a left tackle.
Worst Dolphin: Chad Pennington, starting quarterback – He was 4/7 for 38 yards in the first quarter. Pennington’s arm looked extremely weak. I think last year’s 11-5 playoff team was a fluke. Just like Jacksonville, Miami is in rebuilding mode.
Best Sound Editing (Jaguar quote): “He’ll be the best addition for us.” – David Garrard on veteran Torry Holt
Best Animated Short (Jaguar with the most passion on the field): Sean Considine, safety – Like I said, teammates will follow his lead. Although Considine is a quiet individual, he has the ability to be loud with his playmaking. The secondary needs his presence.
Eight Jaguars who did not dress out:
Don Carey (shoulder)
Derek Cox (groin)
Jonathan Lewis (right ankle)
Montell Owens (knee)
Tim Shaw (groin)
Scott Starks (hamstring)
Mike Thomas (hamstring)
Mike Walker (sprained left ankle)
Other Jaguar Notes:
Quarterback David Garrard went 4/7 for 22 passing yards.
Maurice Jones-Drew only had two touches for a total of seven yards.
Torry Holt caught one pass for 10 yards and a first down.
Atiyyah Ellison started at defensive tackle in place of Rob Meier.
Rookie Rashad Jennings (two returns for 48 yards) and Alvin Pearman (one return for 23 yards) started on the kickoff unit.
Second-year Jaguar Brian Witherspoon received the start as the punt returner. He also had an interception.
Middle linebacker Justin Durant suffered a strained hip flexor. He did not return. Rookie Russell Allen, who finished with four solo tackles, replaced him.
Troy Williamson led all receivers with four catches and 74 yards.
Kicker Josh Scobee was 3 for 3 on field goals (43, 36, 43).