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Jacksonville: Players Who Must Step Up for the Jaguars to Make the Playoffs
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The sand in the hourglass is getting thin. And so is Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver’s patience. Two seasons in a row when the team slumped late in the season and missed the playoffs. Two seasons in a row when it was thought head coach, Jack Del Rio was on the hot seat and would not return to Team Teal.

2011 is a new season and with it comes the hope of a winning season and a return to the post season. Del Rio knows this is a season that will define him and his team. Failure to get past the regular season, as Weaver stated in January, will result in the team having new coach in 2012.

Nothing like a little pressure to keep you focused on the task at hand.

But the problems that exist with the Jaguars may not all be related to Del Rio or his coaching staff. Yes, he agreed to allow Mel Tucker to assume play calling on the defensive side of the ball and realizes he must get more out of his quarterback David Garrard this year. But Del Rio dealt with Garrard and starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew being injured during the season and missing the final two games of the year, subsequently costing the team that post season trip.

As late as week 15, Jacksonville was atop the AFC South and controlled its own destiny.

While Del Rio needs to step up and prove is better than a .500 coach, there are players on both sides of the ball that need to show they belong on the team and in an NFL uniform.

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