Fred Taylor doesn't just run through Indianapolis Colts tacklers. The running back inspires his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates with timely fables, too.
On Saturday night, the 11th-year pro imparted wisdom with a tale about a man who moved a big rock and discovered a gold coin underneath.
"I told them we had a boulder in front of us. We've got to move it. You can't go around it; you've got to move it," said Taylor, whose previously winless team responded with a 23-21 road victory over the Colts on Sunday.
Taylor said he's 3-0 in his 11-year career when he has addressed the team the night before. He played an integral part in the heavy lifting Sunday with 121 yards rushing on 26 carries. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 107 yards on 19 carries and added four catches for 59 yards.
The Jaguars arrived on a rocky road, to say the least, with three new starters on a banged-up offensive line. They were 28th in the NFL in rushing offense. They were winless and desperate.
But they typically own the Colts when they run, and they ran early and often Sunday for 236 yards, averaging 4.9 per carry.
The game plan was as simple as Taylor's story -- the visitors usually just lined up helmet-on-helmet and pushed. Sometimes the shifty backs ran straight ahead and other times they broke loose with cutbacks to make tacklers miss.
"We were just pounding and grinding," left tackle Khalif Barnes said. "That was kind of our mind-set going in. The smart team isn't going to come in and try to air it out on these guys. Their ends are just too good. We tried to take our strengths and put them up against their weaknesses and it worked out."
The only other time Taylor and Jones-Drew had previously each run for 100 yards in the same game was when the Jaguars set a franchise record with 375 rushing yards against the Colts in 2006.
Taylor's longest run of the game, a 34-yarder to the Colts 10, set up Jones-Drew's 6-yard score to make it 17-14 in the third quarter.
But most impressive was a fourth-quarter drive that seemingly lasted forever. Seldom has a team worked so hard for just three points, but it showed just how powerless the Colts were to stop the Jaguars. The drive went for 18 plays and 82 yards, lasting a franchise-record 12 minutes, 18 seconds.
"We're always confident going into every game that we can run," Taylor said. "It doesn't always work out that way, but today, the way we game plan, they fell into some of the looks we saw on tape. We were able to have some explosive big plays."
Still, the Jaguars had to scramble as the Colts rallied to take a 21-20 lead on Joseph Addai's 2-yard run with 1:07 remaining.
"When they scored, I was sick," said Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson, a Colt from 1999-2002.
Not to worry, especially when a game is put on the leg of kicker Josh Scobee. He nailed a deciding 51-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.
"It would have been good from 65, the way it looked," said Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio.
The ball sailed through just inside the right upright.
"That kick wasn't exactly down the middle, but it doesn't matter," Scobee said. "It still counts as three points."
The Jaguars departed the same as the Colts at 1-2, two games behind AFC South leader Tennessee. And they don't intend to wait so long to ask Taylor for another speech the next time it's needed.
"He's going to have to keep talking," Jones-Drew said. "He did a great job and got the guys motivated. It was tough to move that thing. We've got another boulder next week, but we got this one done."