Jacksonville Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus was a member of the Buffalo Bills for seven seasons, but that ended as he was traded to the Jaguars in October.
Now, Dareus, with his former coach in Buffalo Doug Marrone, who coaches the Jaguars, are getting ready to face their former team as the Bills battle the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday in the wild card round of the playoffs.
Both the Jaguars and Bills have had long playoff droughts. For the Jags, it was 10 years, and for the Bills, it was 18 years.
While Dareus is happy for the Bills, he is focused on bigger things:
“I’m happy for them(Bills), but I gotta job I have to do. We gotta get to the Super Bowl, man,” Dareus told TMZ Sports. “Playoffs was expected, but now it’s time to make that big dance, man. We can’t let this team stop us. We gotta get there.”
Dareus is very confident in his team. He believes the Jags have what it takes to make a long run in the playoffs:
“With the team like we have, great camaraderie, and just savages man. Guys are ready to make a run. We can make it to the big dance, man,” Dareus said. “We can make it to the big dance. We can contend with anybody. The sky’s the limit, man. We just gotta take one game at a time and keep rolling.”
While I believe the Jaguars will beat the Bills, I don’t see this team making a long playoff run. I just do not think their QB Blake Bortles is good enough. However, if their defense continues to get after the QB, if their run defense improves(21st against the run). If Leonard Fournette is productive in the run game, and if Bortles can make enough plays; maybe things can turn in their favor.
There were a lot of moves made before the trade deadline in the NFL. A lot of big names were sent elsewhere like RB Jay Ajayi, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, and WR Kelvin Benjamin.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were busy before the deadline as they acquired DT Marcell Dareus from the Bills for a 2018 sixth-round pick last Friday. The move helps solidify an area of strength for the Jaguars, which is their defensive line.
Dareus is excited to be in Jacksonville, and believes the Jaguars can make some noise:
“With the weapons that we have, we can compete with anyone in the league,” Dareus told TMZ Sports.
Also, Dareus believes the Jags’ defense that he will be joining can be big time:
“I mean, really, the sky’s the limit man. We got some hellacious defensive backs … the defense can be as good as we wanna be. We can be the best in the league, easily.”
Currently, Jacksonville is tied with the Titans on top of the AFC South. Jacksonville has a favorable schedule(CIN, LAC, @CLE, @ARIZ, IND, SEA, HOU, @SF, @TEN) the rest of the way. Can the Jags win the AFC South? They have the defense to do it. Jacksonville’s defense is first in points allowed per game, passing yards per game, and sacks.
However, is their QB good enough? Blake Bortles has played just okay this season, but if you continue to get big time production out of Leonard Fournette, and the defense continues to play well, maybe the Jags can win the AFC South.
No matter what happens, Jacksonville probably will be playing some meaningful football in Decemeber. That’s all you can ask for in the NFL.