by Terry McCormick
December 27, 02011
The Jacksonville Jaguars say their focus Sunday is on winning against the Indianapolis Colts and sending out-going owner Wayne Weaver away with a victory, not on keeping the Colts from the first pick in the draft and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
The 4-11 Jaguars represent the last obstacle between the Colts and the first pick in the April draft, which they would use on Luck. Two weeks ago, the Cols were a shoo-in for Luck, but back-to-back wins against Tennessee and Houston have reopened the competition for the first pick. If the Colts defeat Jacksonville, and the St. Louis Rams fall to San Francisco, the Rams would then own the first pick.
Keeping Luck out of the AFC South would surely benefit the Jaguars (as well as the Titans and Texans) in the long run, but that is not the Jaguars' focus on Sunday.
“We want to finish strong. It’s a home game. Mr. Weaver and Delores, we obviously owe them a lot. Words can’t express what they’ve meant to this franchise. So we are going to put our best foot forward, coaches and players. There’s no doubt in my mind that we are prepared, and we’ll give it everything that we have and lay it on the line,” Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker told the Florida Times-Union.
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com