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Wright On

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.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Predictions anyone?

Is there anybody out there bold enough to predict a winner for Saturday's clash between the Jags and the Patriots?

Looking over the matchups, I've got an idea of where I'm leaning (which I won't disclose). But I'm curious to know what you guys think.

Also, here are a couple of tidbits headed into the week:

On Saturday, January 12, the Jaguars playoff game at New England will be televised live from the Bud Zone at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium with doors opening at 4 p.m. There will be free admission and free parking. In addition to the Bud Zone, seating in the south end of the stadium will be open and the game will be shown on the scoreboards.

Inside the Bud Zone, there will be $2 draft beers (gotta love that) and food specials. The stadium will also open more seating, concessions and restrooms for Saturday's event because of the overwhelming response from last week's game.

The Jaguars booster club will hold an away-game sendoff on Friday from 10 a.m. to Noon at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for fans to cheer on the team as they depart for New England. The public is encouraged to attend.