Jaguars coach fires back in war of words with Colts
By Phillip B. Wilson
Once again, the Jacksonville Jaguars followed a loss to the Indianapolis Colts with accusations of dirty play. This time it came straight from the coach.
One day after losing to the Colts 21-14 at the RCA Dome, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio accused them Monday of illegally vaulting to try to block field goal attempts and said his offensive linemen were repeatedly hit in the head by pass rushers.
Del Rio responded to a postgame comment by Colts punter Hunter Smith, who said the Jaguars are "like the stand-up comic who can only use vulgarity and curse words because he lacks intelligence and lacks class. . . . A team that gets personal fouls the way they do, the roughing penalties, they just don't have any material."
Shot back Del Rio: "It must be something with the kickers over there," referring to ex-Colt Mike Vanderjagt, who once said quarterback Peyton Manning and coach Tony Dungy lacked intensity. "If (Smith) starts talking about Peyton, let me know."