Jags’ Marrone talks the return of Cam Robinson

Jaguars LT Cam Robinson is off the PUP list and will practice with the team, Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone announced today.  Last week, Marrone seemed less optimistic about the return of Robinson, who tore his ACL in Week 2 of the 2018 season. If all goes well, Robinson could be ready for the start of the season.

On Saturday, here is what Marrone had to say about Robinson and WR Marqise Lee(currently on PUP list).

“I don’t know if they’re going to be ready for the season, so they’re working hard, the trainers are working hard, everybody’s working hard, but we just can’t get them over the hump, so we’ve got to go and start preparing to play without them, unfortunately. And it could change, but it’ll be tough.”

Today, Marrone addressed the media about the return of Robinson

Marrone: “Cam Robinson is going to be off of PUP [Physically Unable to Perform List], so he’ll be out there on the practice field, he’ll be going through walkthroughs and individual. And it’s like before, I think the other day when we were talking about it, if I seem frustrated or down, I think it’s natural. I mean, I’m not going to sit here and bullshit you guys. I’m not going to be someone different. We all want those guys out there, but everybody’s working hard and the one thing about it, and again I never want to be that guy that stands up here and tries to spin things, I’m not that type of person, but, we got an opportunity to look at some other guys, and some other guys have had an opportunity to put themselves in position to make this team and now we’ll just see the consistency of it. But pretty much the people that we’re relying on are practicing very well. You’re talking about, they’re almost playing a game per day. I think when you look at yesterday’s practice, and you look at our ones, you’re talking about 48-50 plays, normally in a game you’re going to get about 62 plays a game, so you’re talking about are guys are definitely putting in the work.”

(On the surprise of Cam Robinson being taken off of the PUP list)

Marrone: “You’ll have to ask him. I don’t disagree with that. I don’t. I can’t answer that question. I really can’t.”

(On if it was the player or trainer coming to him with the decision to take Robinson off of the PUP list)

Marrone: “Listen, when they tell me someone’s going to be on the field and ready, I am not going to ask a lot of questions to that. I’m going to take that, take what I can, but that’s something that you can easily ask him [Cam Robinson]. And you can request from [Jaguars Director of Public Relations] Tad [Dickman] to talk to the trainers or the doctors.”

(On what the doctors told him)

Marrone: “They just said, ‘Hey, [we’re] thinking about taking him off of PUP and putting him through walkthrough and individual, and seeing where it goes.’ I said, ‘Awesome.’ I keep my mouth shut and that’s it. I don’t want to say anything and then they say, ‘Yeah, you know what, maybe you’re right, maybe we should keep him on PUP.’ I’m not that stupid.”

(On if the doctors told him something different today than previously earlier this week)

Marrone: “Hey listen, I think you need to go do one of those investigative things. I don’t know. I can’t answer a question I don’t know. I just know that he was at a point that they couldn’t get him over a point, and that he was going to stay on PUP, and that’s what I was told and then this morning I was told something different in a good way. Now I’m happy.  Now you write I’m happy. Before when guys get hurt and I’m down, I know, but hey, you take it. It’s like when you’re walking down the street, you see 20 dollars, you pick it up, right? No one’s around, you pick it up and you put it in your pocket. You’re happy about it. You move on.”

(On if he’s talked to Robinson since he’s been informed to take him off of the PUP list)

Marrone: “I just found out before I walked in here.”

(On if Robinson took the same evaluation test he talked about on Saturday)

Marrone: “I have no idea. I really don’t.”

(On how slowly he will integrate Robinson back in to practice)

Marrone: “I’m just saying, they said individual and walkthrough, so I think that’s what you’ll see, and we’ll see what he can so. And like I told the coach, ‘Hey, be careful, just watch him. We don’t want any setbacks.’ And we’ll see where he’s at, and bring him along and that’s it. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m just telling you that that’s how it works.”

(On how Robinson’s spirits are)

Marrone: “I haven’t talked to him, I really haven’t. He was working, I’d see him, ‘Hey, how are you doing. How’s your work?’, ‘Going well.’ ‘Keep working, we need you back, let’s go,’ yada yada.  Next thing you know, boom, he’s here. He’s going to be on the field.”

(On what Robinson returning changes in regard to the offensive lines rotation)

Marrone: “He’s on the field. I don’t know where he’s at as far as being able to play or anything like that. Obviously, I’m going to keep Cedric [Ogbuehi] over there.  We have Josh [Wells] over there. I was thinking about Will [Richardson Jr.] because Will’s played a bunch of right. Now Jawaan Taylor, obviously he’s out, so I’ll probably keep Will over there at right because I really think he’s one of the better storylines for the team. I don’t know if a lot of people have written about it, but he’s really done a hell of a job from where he was last year to this year and that’s a credit to him. [Leonard] Wester played well in the game.  We’ve got some things, and we’ll just prepare ourselves for the worst. I have to say it like that, but I think you have to make sure you’re prepared for that, if those guys aren’t ready to go and have people in place.”


Jags’ Marrone: ‘(James)Conner is playing to a Pro Bowl level’

On Tuesday, Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell did not sign the franchise tag, which means that Bell is ineligible to return to the field in 2018.

In Bell’s absence, second-year RB James Conner has taken full advantage of this opportunity. Conner has rushed for 771 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. He is not only a threat running the ball, but he is making plays in the passing game(39 receptions, 387 yards, 1 TD). According to the NFL Network, Conner has more scrimmage yards, rushing touchdowns, and scrimmage touchdowns through nine games than Bell has had in the first nine games of any single season in his career.

The Steelers offense has not missed a beat without Bell, and according to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, the Steelers’ offense is more efficient in 2018.

“You would think that going in, but then all of a sudden when you look at the numbers – basically their offense is more efficient now than it is has been in the past couple years,” Marrone said. “You start trying to look at where it has changed. You see Antonio Brown still has his 10 touchdowns. Ju-Ju [Smith-Schuster] has a high amount of catches. The tight ends are involved. Ben is Ben. He is a great player and has been for all these years.

“You knew how much the focus was on that position for them. Are they going to get the same production? Conner is playing to a Pro Bowl level. I don’t see the change as far as the production. I actually see better efficiency. I know the offensive coordinator up there has really done a nice job.”

Conner just might be playing at a Pro Bowl level. Obviously, you can’t replace a guy like Bell, but at this point, Conner is doing just that.

Jags’ Marrone reacts to Jalen Ramsey’s tweet

The Jacksonville Jaguars season is close to being over at this point after losing to the Colts 29-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. With the loss, Jacksonville has lost five straight, and at 3-6, the Jaguars are in last place in the AFC South.

On Monday, corner Jalen Ramsey had an interesting tweet.

Take a look:

Does Ramsey want out of Jacksonville, who knows, but this is a very interesting tweet.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone responded to Ramsay’s tweet at his media session:

“I was just made aware of it from [Director of Public Relations] Tad [Dickman],” Marrone said. “I think that is one of the things that I spoke to the team about prior to not knowing… People are going to come after you and rightfully so. I don’t sit here and expect soft questions or ‘woe is me.’ I don’t. I think that if you are sitting there and you don’t feel like you’re going to be attacked … We’re all going to be attacked because we’re all part of what the performance has been on Sunday. Rather than focusing on the attacks, let’s focus on what we can do. And when I say attacks, I don’t mean it in like this is bad. This is what happens in a performance business. You have to be able to handle it and put your focus on, ‘What are we going to do as a team to change it?’ The only way to change it is to win football games. We’re not doing that right now. We’ve done it week after week after week. Are there some good things? Are we getting closer? Yes. But I’m going to talk about more of that we aren’t playing to our ability. That is it at the end of the day. I’m not coaching or we’re not coaching to our ability. All of it. We are a part of it, too. I think that when you’re … Maybe for me because I have been through this before, you know what to expect. Even though you try to explain it to the players, it was probably too late when I got there today. I think it [the tweet] came out earlier and I didn’t know that. You have to do that. You have to handle it because when you have success and everyone is telling you all these good things, it’s easy. It’s great. At the end of the day, all of a sudden when you don’t live up to those expectations or play to them … I’m not talking about [individuals]. I’m talking about as a team. I’m not talking about individuals. When you don’t, people are going to come. People are pissed. There are people that support this team that expected great things from this team and we are not performing at that level. At the end of the day, if you’re not strong enough to understand that, that’s not going to help the team get on the right track.”

Ramsey put a bullseye on his back this summer when he did that interview for GQ magazine. In that article, Ramsey ripped a lot of NFL players. Therefore, you knew the pressure was on Ramsey in 2018. Hey, if you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk, and right now, Ramsey and the Jaguars are not doing that.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone discusses quarterback situation

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone decided to bench QB Blake Bortles in the third quarter in the Jaguars’ 20-7 loss to Houston on Sunday. Cody Kessler replaced Bortles and led the Jaguars on one scoring driving.

The Jaguars are currently on a three-game losing streak after starting the season 3-1. In those three games, Bortles has thrown only two touchdowns and was intercepted five times. Last week against the Texans, Bortles lost two fumbles.

On Monday, Marrone named Bortles the starter for Week 8 as the Jaguars prepare to travel to London to battle the Philadelphia Eagles.

Today, Marrone addressed the quarterback situation in Jacksonville:

(On why he chose Bortles)

“I met with both quarterbacks after [my podium session Monday].I don’t know what time, but it was in the afternoon. I made a decision to go with Blake [Bortles] [as the starter] and like I said, looking at his leadership, looking at a lot of things that he can do and we’re excited about that and going. I think we have a good understanding of what needs to be done. But in the same sense, it’s hard for me as a coach to control the message of what’s going on in the outside. It’s not just at that one position, it’s everyone.”

(On what was the tone of the conversation he had with Blake Bortles on Monday)

“I’ve always said that I’m going to keep the conversations with the players private, but it was a good conversation. I think most of my conversations with the players are matter-of-fact. It’s a lot easier to do it when the emotion of how we feel about what’s going on is gone. And that’s everyone, including myself. Make no mistake – and you realize this – there is frustration. If everyone comes out one time and just blasts everything then that’s kind of chaotic when you do it. When you think about it and you do it, you start every conversation and you have to believe this because it is a team sport … You start everything where the first thing you do is you look yourself in the mirror and you say, ‘Look, I have to do a better job.’ I think when that happens, you open it up and it goes. I think I talked to the players – I have to do a better job. We all have to do a better job. We’re not doing what we need to be doing and it’s all of our responsibility. I know obviously ultimately in this room, it falls on me.”

(On what gives him confidence Blake Bortles will play better)

“Because I’ve seen it before. I think I’ve seen it before. It’s going to go a lot back to that position [QB] a lot of times, but I don’t want anyone to lose sight of what I said after the game, meaning that I made that move because it’s the only real move you can get to grab attention and grab focus. The problem that you have when you make that decision as a coach? Make no mistake about it, I did it for that reason so I can evaluate things better and get a better feel, but when that decision is made and you tell people about that decision, the next thing it’s going to do from a standpoint of everything outside of the building is it’s going to open everything up. It’s going to put the focus on the quarterback, and that’s where I have to do a good job of everyone here being like, ‘OK, is that a part of it?’ Sure, we need better play. But the bigger picture is that we all need to play better. That’s what I have always tried to communicate to the team, and I think that’s hard to do from a standpoint of when you get out here publicly. It’s a better story when it’s the quarterback stuff. But that’s the nature of the business, I get it. I don’t have any issues with that.”

(On reports that Cody Kessler will be getting first team reps this week)

“I’m going to go back to what I said on Monday. I sat here, looked you guys all in the eye, said that whoever the quarterback was at that time is going to take starter reps. I believed in that my whole entire life. I answered the question on Monday. I will answer it again – Yes, Blake will take all the starter reps. Does that mean Cody doesn’t take any reps? He will take the normal reps that he did the last six weeks, seven weeks.”

(On if the QB backup takes any reps with the first team offense)

“Last week we got him [Kessler] a little bit, a couple of second team guys, two to three. The only time I really adjust reps is for injuries. When I put someone in there, I put them in there with the belief that they are going to play. The only time I ever look at someone where they might be on a short-term period is when the starter is injured and now the starter is going to come back and play. That’s the only time I look at things that way. But as far as everybody that’s on the field, I put them in there with the belief that they’re going to be able to get the job done and continue it and turn this thing in the right direction and keep playing well and win football games.”

Marrone on J.J.Watt: ‘He’s back playing like when he was the Defensive Player of the Year’

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt is back to his old disruptive ways. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year is off to a great start. After six games, Watt has 7.0 sacks, which is tied with the Vikings’ Danielle Hunter for tops in the league. The four-time Pro-Bowler has made it all the way back from injuries to his back and a broken leg. These injuries have caused Watt to miss 24 games in the past two seasons.

After starting the season at 0-3, the Texans have won three in a row, and have clawed back to 3-3  Houston is deadlocked with the Titans and Jaguars atop the AFC South.

On Sunday, Houston has a big AFC South matchup as they travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars.

Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone has a lot of respect for Watt has done this season on and off the field.

“He’s back playing like when he was the Defensive Player of the Year,” Marrone said on Wednesday. “We all know he’s a good football player. He’s extremely tough, extremely active. He has 7.0 sacks, leads the league. I have a ton of respect for him, especially how he’s battled back and then all around. I don’t know him personally at all, but in the community what he has done there. He is just an outstanding person and an outstanding football player.”

The 29-year-old Watt is hoping to get the Texans back to the playoffs. If he continues to play at this level, and QB Deshaun Watson can stay healthy, Houston has a legitimate shot to win the AFC South and make the playoffs, but Jacksonville still has the most talent in the AFC South. Therefore, if Jags QB Blake Bortles can play like the guy we saw in the beginning of season, Jacksonville should win the AFC South.