Jaguars say they're not bothered by Steelers talking about Patriots

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was talking about a rematch with the New England Patriots in the playoffs before the teams met in the regular season.

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell guaranteed a victory over the Patriots in the playoffs before the postseason even began.

It seems to be a foregone conclusion in Pittsburgh that the Steelers will play the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 21. Except the Steelers still have to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and the Patriots have to beat the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.

Jaguars players said they werent bothered by the slight. Although if you read between the lines ...

Its one of those things, like, who cares? defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. If you want to look forward in front of the Patriots, thats cool, you know, but if we smack you in the mouth and youre not playing them, whats all that going to do for you?

Its one of those things that we understand. We know were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and thats what were focused on and, hey, well see what happens.

Safety Barry Church had a quick laugh when asked about Mitchells comment but said its not going to impact him or any of his teammates.

I mean, thats on them, Church said. If thats how they choose to come into a playoff game, thats on them. Its not going to affect us. Were just going to go out there and play our game and hopefully come home with a W.

Linebacker Telvin Smith said he has been part of teams that did look ahead -- at Florida State -- so he understands Mitchells mindset. Plus, the Steelers have earned a little bit of that bravado as one of the best teams in the AFC over the past two decades.

A lot of times when guys get in those situations and you feel yourself like that, you do that, Smith said. Ive been on teams in which weve looked at teams and said, OK, we know whats going to happen this week, lets move on to the next week.


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