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Brash Jaguars want to ‘dominate world’ with stacked defense

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Standing on the bench and observing one-on-one drills, Jalen Ramsey had a close look at this touchdown.

The receiver used a triple movement to beat one of Ramsey's defense partners.

Ramsey shook his head in disbelief and shouted a few words on the driving range.

"That's not happening in a game," Ramsey said, noting how long the play took to develop. "Our defense is too good."

Ramsey was being modest. The Jacksonville D has the opportunity to be great, maybe even generational.

The audacious and reckless Jaguars, who relied on a solid defense to win the AFC South and reach the conference title last season, believe they will be better on that side of the ball this fall. The unit allowed too many rushing yards in early 2017 and left too many late big plays, but set those problems on having three newcomers and three second-year players learning how to gear while perfecting the details of Todd Wash's 4-3 scheme.

Today, they feel that they have discovered each other and the playbook.

And in a Super Bowl-o-bust season for Jacksonville, the talent-laden group plans to do whatever it takes to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and join a list of revered defenses that have taken teams to championships.

"Every great defense has won everything," said Pro Bowl linebacker Telvin Smith. "That's what we want to be, a great defense is not mediocre, it's not to say that you won a couple of championships (division), no, we mean that we dominate the world, that's the next step." [19659002] The Jaguars finished second in the NFL in yards (286.1 per game), points (15.8), sacks (55), take-offs (33) and interceptions (21) last year. The players wanted more and were frankly disappointed with the final classification.

Coach Doug Marrone has used it as a motivation, publicly and privately punishing his defenders.

"Make no mistake, I like it when people have a chip on their shoulder," Marrone said. "I have a rock on my shoulder."

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