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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

5 Question with Jags DE Paul Spicer

With the pending matchup with the Patriots on the horizon, from time to time, we'll post short interview sessions with different players. Today's 5 questions is with Jaguars DE Paul Spicer.

You’re playing in a tough environment this week. How do you anticipate the experience being?
We are going to be very comfortable. It’s still a hostile environment, on the road, the weather, and everything else we should prepare for. I am looking for the team to go up there with the same mindset we did in Pittsburgh, have some fun, go up there and play and let it all hang out. It’s the playoffs. There is no reason to try and keep something in the tank. Put it all out there and go out there and get the victory.

How has the defensive line been able to play so well this season?
Ray Hamilton (defensive line coach) makes the meetings better. Ray can sit in there with a smile, him and Teddy (Monachino). Overall, I’m happy with some of the younger guys the way they have been playing especially in the playoffs. These later games as we led into the playoffs, guys are stepping up. Jeremy Mincey, Bobby (McCray), Brent Hawkins, guys like that are stepping up their game. We are going to need that.

Is all the pressure this week on the 16-0 Patriots?
There is pressure anyway because it’s a playoff game. If you want to equate who has more pressure it probably would be them. Their season is undefeated. What can you say? I think they will have more pressure than we will.

Where are the Patriots vulnerable?
We are going to have to break down film and we started this morning looking at things we feel like we can take advantage of. It’s going to come down to basically playing good, hard-nosed football, the things we have been doing all season but be even better at it this coming Saturday.

Can this team remain focused with all the hoopla and attention?
You don’t have to worry about that. The team will be focused. I can guarantee that. This is like playing Indianapolis. When we play Indianapolis guys for some reason know it’s a big game. It’s even bigger because it’s the playoffs. It’s one and done. There is no time to be holding something back. We have to bring it all. We have to bring the kitchen sink, the toilet, and the disposal, everything at them. With that mindset and going in there and playing the way Jaguars play, I think we can have a lot of fun and we can get a win.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, I really like your "5 Questions" interviews, and Paul Spicer is real that he has to be one of everyone's favorite players. Between the dominant Patriot Oline and Brady's quick read ability, our front 7 will have their work cut out for them. Not sure how they'll do it, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Go get 'em, Paul!

January 9, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

Thanks for the comment. We'll put out another five questions sometime today.

January 10, 2008 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike if you can get this to the team today it would be great.
Dear Jaguars organization,

I'm writting you because I know you can beat the Patriots, but along with the way you guys already play and in conjunction with things I'm sure you have probably picked up from other teams that have had some success against the Patriots. I recommend a few additional things, some of them against the way most teams are taught on how to start drives and I also have some defensive advise. Please note these are things I have noticed in teams that have played against the Patriots and things I saw last year all the way to the Super Bowl and that I have noticed this season that work against any team.

Offensive suggestions:

1. Slide Protection Schemes and Technique
for a 3-Step Passing Game and 5-Step passing game.

2. Your first offensive play of the game, air the ball out, anywhere from a 20 - 30 yard pass, to throwing for the end-zone.

*Employ this thru-out the game on first downs and some times when they are sure you'll pass, run instead.

3.Make players that would normally be Ineligible receivers, Eligible receivers on various plays. (As many as possible on different plays).

*Note: This I would recommend using in the second half of the game regardless of score.

4. use a wedge formation to guard runners. This formation is capable of opening up in various areas to release the runner and let him break-out.

5. Use a hurry up and no huddle offense through out the game. ( I watched Manning and the Colts use this in a couple of play-off games last year when the defense seemed unstopple, it worked they won the Super Bowl).

Defensive suggestions:

1. Sometimes when showing a five men blitz, actually blitz with all five. Sometimes blitz with more men then you showed initially. Use a lot of hidden schemes make Brady not quite as sure as he normally is, he reads coverages really well so you've got to mix it up.

*Note: I can not emphize this enough you have to start this from the beginning of the game. I'm not saying you have to do it every defensive play but you have to do it quite a bit.

2. Sometimes blitzing from one side only, forcing him out of the pocket to the opposite side. While making sure your corners, safety and other protection on that side are tight this will force Brady to throw across his body to the other side a lot more then he would like. This creates more chances for interceptions and throw-aways.

3. Whether it be the corners, safeties or other defenseive players, make some plays on the ball, create interceptions. I see a lot of guys who have a chance to make a play on the ball but they have been conditioned so to make a hit on the receivers after they catch the ball. Remember against this team the less they have the ball the better for you.

* One or two of the secrets to making a play on the ball are; Looking for the shadow of the ball and turning slightly to actually see it. Another is watching the eyes of the guy you're guarding as well as his shoulders and arms.

4. One old trick which is used in Akido and sumo wrestling is using the offfensive players own momentum and strength against him. Example; side step, as he is pushing on your upper body let one side of your body give in and just continue to spin in a 360. Guys hate these and often start grabbing the shoulder pads and face mask which we know leads to penalties.

5. When they are kicking field goals and extra points, the blitzing advise still works. You can also pyramid using your tallest infornt up the middle.

Special teams:

1. An on-side kick when you don't have to and they least expect it is a really good play especially if they can not tell thats what you're setting up for.

( You probably would want to be close to mid field to do this, just remember it you don't have to wait until you're desperate to use it)

2. It never hurts to have a running back and wide reeiver on you special teams sometimes when you're receiving the ball.

January 12, 2008 at 7:50 AM  

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