JacksonvilleJaguars Conference Call
HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO(on why he thinks games against the Colts are close) 9/14/05
"I don't know if there are any secrets. I think we've just prepared hard and gone out and competed against them. They're a fine football team, and we just try to go out and give it our best."
HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO(on how he assesses the AFC South) 9/14/05
"Well, it's still too early to tell. I think we feel like it's a strong division, and we'll just let the season play out. Certainly Indy has been on top of the division the last couple of years, so I think everybody's aware of that"
HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO(on WR-Jimmy Smith) 9/14/05
"I think he's a good football player. He's been a good player for a long time. He continues to defy the odds with the issue of 'Is he getting slower or not?' He still has very good speed. He's a very good weapon, and he played big for us last week."
HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO(on WR-Jimmy Smith continuing to play and produce into his mid-30s) 9/14/05
"I think it's a combination of the talent and then the work ethic, because I don't believe you can continue to play at a high level unless you are willing to work at it, and he does that."
HEAD COACH JACK DEL RIO(on the level of excitement in Jacksonville) 9/14/05
"I think the fans are excited, I think the team's excited, and right now we're just trying to prepare and play our best football week in and week out."
WR-JIMMY SMITH (on his excitement about the Jaguars this season)9/14/05
"It's been awhile down here, since 1999 when we went to the AFC Championship Game. I think this team has more depth than the '99 team had, but more talent across the board, slightly less than the '99 team."
WR-JIMMY SMITH (on the key to beating the Colts)9/14/05
"The key is going to be trying to keep QB-Peyton Manning, WR-Marvin Harrison and RB-Edgerrin James on the sideline, controlling the ballgame offensively, and not giving those guys an opportunity to put points on the board, because they are going to score."
WR-JIMMY SMITH (on watching WR-Marvin Harrison and trying to keep up with him)9/14/05
"Keep up with him, that's the thing. I consider Marvin a close friend of mine. We have established a relationship by going to the Pro Bowl a few years together, and I have great respect for him. I like the way he plays the game."
WR-JIMMY SMITH (on opening up the offense)9/14/05
"Attack, attack, that's the new word. We want to attack on offense, whether it is vertically down the field or right up the gut. Whatever area we attack and they show weakness, then that's the area we are going to go for."
WR-JIMMY SMITH (on winning the division)9/14/05
"I think it's going to come down to us and the Colts. It's early and I welcome the challenge. They are an outstanding football team all the way across the board. Their defense is much better this year and the offense is the same. It seems like they can score at will. They have a bunch of playmakers all across the board, so it's going to be one of the biggest games of the season for us."
WR-JIMMY SMITH (on his role as a leader)9/14/05
"I look at it as an accomplishment, because when I came in, I was a bubble guy, nobody knew of me and I have survived all of the original Jaguar players."