In sifting through the wreckage of the Jaguars' 26-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, two issues were put under the microscope Monday.
They were the inability of the coach Jack Del Rio and his players to keep their composure and the mistakes made by the defensive backs.
Del Rio and two defensive players got three penalties in a four-play stretch in the second quarter while the defensive backs were torched by Peyton Manning, who threw for 324 yards Sunday after being held to 122 yards in the first meeting on Sept. 18.
Rashean Mathis, the Jaguars' best cornerback, had problems covering Marvin Harrison, who had six catches for 137 yards, although Mathis didn't give up all six receptions.
Del Rio, who got a penalty for throwing a replay flag at an official and then yelling an obscenity at the official, addressed the issue in his opening remarks at his Monday news conference without being asked about it.
"I'd just like to say this: Obviously it was a mistake on my part to draw a flag. I never want to have that happen and I don't expect that to ever happen again,'' he said.
The Jaguars were already trailing 14-3 when the officials ruled that Harrison made a 24-yard sideline catch on a third-and-19 play at the Colts' 44.
The play happened on the Jaguars sideline and it was a close call, but Del Rio thought Harrison went out of bounds before he had control.
Del Rio didn't explain why he was so irate at that particular call, but he's had a reputation for being fiery and emotional since his days at a player during his 11-year career. According to Stats, Inc., it was the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on an NFL coach this year.
If Harrison's catch hadn't been allowed, the Colts would have had to punt from their own 5. Not only was the challenge denied, but the 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the Colts' 44. After Edgerrin James ran 4 yards, Mike Peterson and John Henderson were called for unnecessary roughness penalties on the next two plays.
That moved the ball to the Jaguars' 3, but the Colts didn't score when a fake field goal try didn't work. They then forced the Jaguars to punt and made a field goal before halftime.