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December 21, 2012

Patriots look to rebound against woeful Jaguars

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The Jaguars have considered all the changes that surely are on the horizon. It’s likely that general manager Gene Smith will be fired after the season. Mularkey has a better chance to stick around, but owner Shad Khan has to be considering a complete overhaul since the team regressed in so many areas.

And Jacksonville has numerous pending free agents, including seven key guys who opened the season as starters.

“Just because you have one bad year, you can’t say, ‘We’re going to restart everything,’” Jones-Drew said. “You can, but I don’t think that’s a formula for success.”

The Jaguars believe they know the formula for beating Brady and the Patriots.

“You have to get to him,” Mularkey said. “You have to put pressure on him, hope he overthrows and does some of the things I’ve seen on tape. He has thrown a number of passes that are tipped or overthrown, and if we do anything this week, we’ve got to put ourselves in position to make plays on those balls better than any week we have.”

Sounds easy, right.

Well, the Jaguars are winless in five games against Brady. He has thrown for 1,207 yards in those games, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Regardless, Brady said he expects the Jaguars to present a challenge even though they have a league-low 15 sacks.

“There’s nobody on that team that’s not playing and giving everything they’ve got, so they rush hard,” Brady said. “They try to be real physical. They do some things well. I think that coach talked about focusing on what we need to do and getting a lot better as a team and our execution needs to be better.”

The Patriots nearly overcame execution issues and four turnovers against the 49ers last week.

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