History tells us that the Jaguars have trouble winning when they go down early in games. As The Florida Times-Union reports this morning , recently Jacksonville has shown they know how to rally around a backup quarterback.
Coach Jack Del Rio pointed out to the team that they won two of three games on the road in 2007 at Tampa Bay and Tennessee with Quinn Gray at quarterback when Garrard was injured.
They’ve won their last three games when the backup quarterback made an initial start. They won in 2006 at Philadelphia and 2005 at Cleveland, when Garrard replaced an ailing Byron Leftwich.
On the flip side, when Tennessee gave Mark Brunell a concussion in 2002, Brunell kept playing, but they lost their next three games and Tom Coughlin was fired at the end of the season.
Not that the Chiefs should need any more motivation to win other than to get back on track in front of their fans, but they should be reminded that this is a team that has shown the ability to win when their starter goes down.
Unfortunately for Todd Haley and his team, I still really like the Chiefs this weekend. But it’s important that we all remember Jacksonville has already taken down the Indianapolis Colts this season with their quarterback only throwing for 163 yards. Like Kansas City, if the Jaguars running game is working, it doesn’t matter who is taking the snaps.