JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said during his Monday afternoon press conference he gave Jaguars owner Shad Khan a game ball after the team's victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
Mularkey, in his first year as head coach of the Jags, said he gave Khan the game ball in the locker room after the game. Mularkey said Khan told the team he is not usually at a loss for words, but he was at that moment.
Mularkey also updated a few of the Jaguars' injuries. Three players underwent concussion testing Monday: cornerback Kevin Rutland, fullback Montell Owens and wide receiver Laurent Robinson.
Injured offensive linemen Cameron Bradfield and Eben Britton will attempt to practice Wednesday along with injured running back Rashad Jennings. Mularkey said injured linebacker Daryl Smith is further behind schedule than those three.
Mularkey said the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, as the pocket collapsed too quickly. Mularkey said at the same time, the wide receivers need to do a better job getting open.
Perfect execution on Gabbert's 80-yard to Cecil Shorts is what Mularkey credits with the success of the play getting the Jags ahead in the fourth quarter. Mularkey said Blaine showed pinpoint accuracy in the pass.
When asked about rookie Justin Blackmon's early season struggles, Mularkey said, "He's pressing and would like to be more productive. He needs to stay patient." At point in the game, Blackmon was open in the endzone, but the ball never got to him because the protection broke down.
Mularkey also said the offense needs to improve their red zone production, "It's obvious that we need to do a better job scoring touchdowns in the red zone instead of field goals."
The head coach said when asked about rookie punter Brian Anger said the first-year player has been "pretty impressive."
On the subject of the replacement refs, Mularkey said he told the refs before the game he knows they are doing the best they can and that is all you can ask for.
Other game balls went to linebacker Paul Posluszny for defensive player of the game, Mularkey said he was "all over the field;" Chris Prosinski got a game ball for his play on special teams; Cecil Shorts and Maurice Jones-Drew each earned game balls on for their performances on offense.
An interesting statistical note: three of the Jaguars last six wins have come against the Colts.
The Jaguars will take on the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field Sunday, September 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
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