JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If the Jacksonville Jaguars advance to the postseason, they could carry a grudge with them.
No Fred Taylor -- again. No David Garrard. Not even Rashean Mathis or John Henderson, both of whom made the Pro Bowl last season.
It marked the first time since the franchise's inaugural season in 1995 that Jacksonville didn't have a single player chosen to the AFC squad.
"Hometown people want to get their hometown guys in," coach Jack Del Rio said last week. "When you get a bunch in, you can say we're the greatest, and if you don't, you think you got robbed. It's the same everywhere."
Del Rio refused to lobby for any of his guys before voting ended last week, saying, "It hasn't done a whole lot to help the first four years I've been here, so I'm not going to get into it this year."
Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud was voted to the AFC squad in 2003, '04 and '05. Henderson made it in '04 and '06. Mathis earned his first trip to Hawaii last season.
This year, Jacksonville hoped Taylor, Garrard and maybe defensive end Paul Spicer would get the nod.
Taylor came close, finishing fourth behind San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson, Pittsburgh's Willie Parker and Indianapolis' Joseph Addai. Taylor trailed all three in rushing when voting ended last week, but he had a better yards-per-carry average than any of them.
Taylor figured that, along with his three straight 100-yards games and the fact he had never been to Honolulu in his 10-year career would give him a shot. He had to settle for first alternate for a second straight year, meaning if either Tomlinson, Parker or Addai is unable to make the trip, Taylor would get to go in his place.
"Whatever happens, happens," Taylor said last week. "They've got to tally up the votes, and however it comes out, I've got to live with it. I've always felt like I'm Pro Bowl-quality, so everything else doesn't matter."
Garrard, the AFC's second-rated passer behind New England's Tom Brady, was a second alternate. Henderson and injured linebacker Mike Peterson also were second alternates.
"There are guys I think are pretty good football players on our team," Del Rio said. "You guys know who they are. I speak about them every week. The more we win as a team, the more that stuff will come."
Maybe. Just not this season.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.