Jaguars GM Caldwell: ‘We feel good about Gardner(Minshew)’

Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew was a revelation in 2019. The sixth-round pick in this year’s draft came in for an injured Nick Foles in Week 1 and went 4-4 as a starter before being replaced by Foles in Week 11. Minshew would replace an ineffective Foles during the Jaguars’ loss to Tampa Bay in Week 13 and would finish the season for Jacksonville, which included Sunday’s 38-20 victory over the Colts in the season finale. The 23-year-old Minshew would finish the season 6-6 as a starter.

Among rookies quarterbacks, Minshew was second in passing yards(3271), second in touchdown passes(21), and first in wins(6). He played well and Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell, who, along with head coach Doug Marrone will return in 2020, is very high on Minshew.

“I give Gardner [Minshew II] a ton of credit for what he did, where he came from, how he handled his business,” Caldwell said. “He got thrust in there Week 1. It’s hard enough for a starting quarterback or a first-round quarterback to take all the reps [and play]. This is a young man that didn’t get very many reps in the preseason, and he ends up having to go in the Kansas City game and the rest of it.

“He won more games than any other rookie quarterback and statistically, in less games, put himself in contention for Offensive Rookie of the Year. I think everybody in this room would agree with that. So, I think he did a really nice job.”

According to Caldwell, Minshew will have a role with the team next season, but Caldwell did not say what it might be at this point.

“As far as the plans moving forward, I think there’s a lot of self-evaluation, like Coach [Doug] Marrone said, in where we’re at, and that will be a decision made by Coach Marrone, and his staff, in collaboration with Shad [Khan] and decide on that,” Caldwell said. “But I don’t think any decision has been made today as to what that’s going to look like, but we feel good about Gardner and moving forward with him.”

Jacksonville has to figure out what they want to do with Nick Foles, who they gave a four-year, $88 million contract last offseason. The 30-year-old Foles is expected to make $22 million in 2020. According to bigcatcountry.com, If the Jaguars just straight-up release Foles, they will have to eat $33.8 million in dead money in 2020.

In the end, it’s cheaper to keep Foles. Ideally, the Jaguars would love to be able to trade him, but you wonder who will take his contract. Maybe you have an open competition between Foles and Minshew and see what happens. 

Jacksonville has some time to think about all of these things, but right now, Minshew might have the upper hand as they enter the offseason.  

 

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Marrone: ‘Gardner’s(Minshew) mobility and elusiveness, it can give us a better chance of winning’

The return of Nick Foles did not go the way the Jaguars thought it would go, and because of that, Jacksonville has decided to go back to rookie QB Gardner Minshew for the rest of the season, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced today.

The Jaguars will host the Chargers next Sunday. 

Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract in the offseason, was 0-4 as a starter, including going 0-3 in his three starts after returning from a broken collarbone in Week 1.

On Sunday, Foles struggled against the Buccaneers. He completed 7 of 14 passes for 93 yards and one interception. Also, Foles lost two fumbles. Minshew would replace him at halftime, but Jacksonville would lose to Tampa 28-11.

It should be interesting to see if we will ever see Foles again as a starter in Jacksonville, but for now, it’s time for “Minshew Mania.”

Today, Marrone explained why he decided to go with Minshew.

Here is what Marrone had to say:

(Opening statement)

Marrone: “Obviously we had the quarterback situation, so I’m going to address that right off the bat. I handled the situation this morning, Gardner’s [Minshew II] going to start for us Sunday versus the Chargers. Obviously, it was a tough deal with Nick [Foles] coming back from injury and us not being able to do a good enough job around him really. So, we feel with Gardner’s mobility and elusiveness, it can give us a better chance of winning with the way we’re playing right now, because we’re all not doing a good enough job, the coaches, and we just have to keep it going. So, that’s what we’re doing going forward right now.”

(On if he believes the offensive line is not doing a good enough job of protecting the quarterback)

Marrone: “Well, they’re part of it when you look at protections, but it’s really a lot of things. You have to get open; you have to protect. We have tight ends protecting. We have running backs that will protect. We have to be able to run the ball better, I mean there’s a lot of things that come into it, but yeah, right now obviously, yesterday, we didn’t do a good enough job protecting and we got beat up front and it’s not the way we want to be playing.”

(On how QB Nick Foles handled the news that he would not start in Week 14)

Marrone: “It’s brutal. It’s tough. He’s a competitor. He worked his ass off to come back, and he’s a great pro, so he’s going to do everything he can to help us win, and at the same time, he’s got to be ready in case there’s an injury or whatever it may be. But he’ll be a pro about this. I think the world of him. I think he’s a really good quarterback. I think that he obviously could win in this league, but we’ve got to be able to help him around. We got to have some help around him.”

(On if Foles’ lack of mobility led him to struggle in the offensive scheme and on how Minshew II’s mobility helps the team)

Marrone: “I think the mobility’s going to help us. It’s kind of like how [Associated Press writer] Mark [Long] said, just overall, we’re not being able to give [Foles] a clean pocket where he can sit back there, so I think the mobility, that’s the reason why we made the move. I think the mobility and elusiveness, they give us a better opportunity; a better chance to win.”

(On if Minshew will start for the remainder of the season)

Marrone: “We’re planning on him playing, yeah.”

(On if he is surprised to see the way Foles has performed up to this point in the season)

Marrone: “Like I said before, I still believe in him as the quarterback. I just think that a lot of times it’s never really just the one position, or one person. That’s the one position [where] it’s a team game, you need people around him to do a good job, and right now, we’re all not doing a good enough job. So, we’re just trying to put the best guys out there that give us the best chance to win. And it’s tough. It’s tough when you’re not doing a good job, starting with myself, to the coaches and at times obviously the players. So, we’ve got to hang in there, and we’ve got to try to get past this. We have to obviously learn from it, because it’s a learning experience, but at the same time, shit, we have this bad taste in our mouth. We’ve lost four straight. We’re at home again and we have to find something that we can hang our hat on that we can win football games, so that’s what we’re trying to get done.”

Foles: ‘I made mistakes, and I’ll look at those and look to improve’

Four starts and four losses for Jaguars QB Nick Foles, and Sunday may have been the low point for Foles. The eight-year quarterback, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract in the offseason to join the Jaguars, was 7/14 for 93 yards and one interception. Foles also lost two fumbles.

Because of his poor play, Foles was replaced by Gardner Minshew at halftime, and ultimately, Jacksonville(4-8) would lose at home to Tampa Bay 28-11.

It tough day for Foles, and after the game, he addressed the media.

Here is what he had to say:

(On the tough day)

“It’s not easy. This is not an easy game and it’s a tough situation, but I’ll continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. It’s a trial and the trials keep coming. Again, it’s not easy but I know where my heart and faith is and where I’m going to lean on in this time like I always do during the good and bad. You never want to go through it. It’s difficult, but I will look at the bright things and continue to keep my head held high. Continue to keep moving forward.”

(On hearing the boos from the fans)

“Yeah, it’s a tough part of the game. It’ll test you when you’re hearing that and ultimately you want what’s best for your team and to keep moving forward. Of course, there were some mistakes made and that’s just part of it. I understand this game, I understand that part of this game. I’ve been a part of it, but I’ve also been a part of turning things around. It’s not easy, it’s really difficult. I’m going to choose the route of continuing to stay positive and continue to believe in the guys in this locker room moving forward because ultimately we are in a trial.

We have been throughout the course of the season. It’s been up and down and all over the place and that’s ultimately, if you can approach it the right way, that’s how you can build something. Once again, never easy. This isn’t easy. We’re blessed to be in this position, and we have to be able to handle it and handle it in a way that can impact people because I know everyone is going to be looking at us to point fingers and know who to blame but we’re all to blame. We put ourselves out there. I made mistakes, and I’ll look at those and look to improve because you never want to put your team in harm’s way which unfortunately I did today. I’ll keep working to improve to become a better player and a better person.”

(On the interception)

“Unfortunately, it was when I threw it at Dede [Westbrook] and right when I was releasing it, I got hit in the side that redirected the ball a little bit. Part of the game but I’ve got to move on and keep moving. You’re going to get bumped when you’re throwing.”

(On turning frustration into a win)

“If I had the quick answer, everyone would be doing it. I think the big thing is to deal with the emotions today. It’s an emotional game, we put a lot of time and effort into it, but it helps when you spend time with your family and get away from this because it is emotional. You’ve got family, friends watching you, playing for a city. You deal with those emotions first, come back tomorrow and look where you need to improve, the good, the bad, the ugly.

“You address it and then put those emotions to the side and come back every single day and give it your best. You have to be critical of yourself. That’s the only way to improve. You can’t let that criticism defeat you. This is a tougher test but ultimately I’m going to keep my head high and keep believing and keep improving.”

(On the concern of the mood in the locker room)

“We’re going to have to come together as a team to make sure it doesn’t happen. To do that, you have to be open and honest and talk with one another. It’s frustrating, you go out there and you want to win and we weren’t able to do that so frustrations run high so you deal with the emotions in the 24 hours after the game, good or bad, you’ve got to deal with them. It’s not easy but you move forward, you put it behind you. You look to improve because if someone asked me about a game I played in high school and I threw two or three interceptions, I probably wouldn’t even remember it. It’s behind me. No one ever talks about it and that’s sort of how it is. We’re in the moment, we’re going to learn from it, move forward.

“I’m going to learn from it and move forward. It’s not the first time I’ve struggled like that, but I know I’m never going to give up and I’m going to keep moving and that’s the toughest part, but I know that’s what’s deep down in my heart.”

(On if he’s still the quarterback of the team)

“Ultimately, with what happened today, Coach Marrone has said he’ll decide something and knows how this goes. I know how I feel in this locker room and how I feel playing quarterback but ultimately that’s his decision, but I know that whenever I am out there, I’m going to give it everything I have for my teammates every single day.”

Jaguars’ Marrone: ‘I believe that [Nick Foles] gives us the best chance to win’

When Nick Foles returned for the Jacksonville Jaguars(4-7), the hope was he would give the team a boost. But, that has not happen. However, it is not all his fault. 

In his two starts, the defense has given up 75 points and allowed 483 yards rushing. While they did score 20 points on Sunday against the Titans, the Jaguars’ offense has not been great with Foles. Jacksonville’s two touchdowns happened after they were down 35-3.

So, with Jacksonville not playing well, do the Jaguars go back to Gardner Minshew?

On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone discussed the team’s quarterback situation.

 “I’ve always tried to take pride in myself that the quarterback is not treated differently, meaning that when you’re in front of the team, and you can correct a quarterback,” Marrone said.  “I’ve always been involved in a lot of different type of philosophies when I was an assistant of what coordinators or head coaches had. I don’t necessarily believe – I think you look at each position the same way. Is this player, in whatever position he’s in, giving us the best chance to win and I think you make decisions like that.

“What gets difficult is when you have a player in a position that is inconsistent, and you really don’t have any place to go except to try to coach him better and do things to get it clear. Whether it’s cutting things down, and that’s usually the first thing that you do to eliminate errors, or if it’s a point of not having the right players in position, then you have to do more to hide your deficiencies. And those are conversations that we had today. So, with the quarterback position, I look at how it is right now, I believe that [Nick Foles] gives us the best chance to win. And I evaluate it like everyone else and I try to treat that position the same.”

Even though Foles is 0-3 as a starter in 2019, he does give Jacksonville the best chance to win football games. The Jaguars may not have much to play for in the final five games of the 2019 season, and It should be interesting to see if Marrone goes back to Minshew once Jacksonville is officially eliminated from the playoffs. 

For now, Foles and the Jaguars hope to end their three-game losing streak against the Buccaneers.

Foles on Chark to Pro Bowl: ‘He’s heading towards being deserving of that nod’

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark is having a breakout season. In 10 games, the second-year receiver has 51 receptions for 796 yards and eight touchdowns. Chark’s eight touchdown receptions are tied with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. for the most in the NFL.

While Jacksonville has had some struggles this season, the second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has been one of the bright spots for the Jaguars in 2019.

“He just keeps getting better,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said about Chark on Wednesday. “He’s wherever he is in receptions and yardage, and he has eight touchdowns for us this year, so he’s really playing really well. He’s big; he’s strong, he’s fast. He can get the contested balls; he can catch the ball over the middle, run, score. So, he’s doing a lot of things very well.”

According to Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles, Chark has a shot at the Pro Bowl.

“You have to think, you know, his statistics and how he’s played, he’s among the best in the league right now,” Foles said on Wednesday. “We obviously have to, as a team, finish this year strong, but he’s heading towards being deserving of that nod.”

Chark most definitely has a shot at the Pro Bowl, especially if he continues to put up the numbers. Foles has thrown three touchdown passes this season, which have all went to Chark, so these two might be building something, which could lead to Chark having more success in 2019.

Jags’ Foles on loss to Colts: ‘We got our butts beat pretty good’

The Jaguars finally got QB Nick Foles back on Sunday, but unfortunately for them, it did not make much of a difference as Jacksonville was dominated by the Colts 33-13 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville’s defense had a hard time stopping the Colts and was dominated at the line of scrimmage. The Jaguars’ defense allowed 264 yards rushing, including a 116 yards from the Colts’ Jonathan Williams, and 109 yards and a touchdown from Marlon Mack. 

“We didn’t tackle well,” Jaguars DE Calais Campbell said. “We just weren’t assignment-sound enough. We’ve got to wear it. We played ugly. This is what we have done every game. But you know, we will go back and watch the tape and figure out what we can do better.”

Foles had his moments in this game, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Chark to put the Jaguars up 7-0 in the first quarter, but the offense was not able to put up any more points until a meaningless touchdown late in the game. However, Foles, who finished the game, completing 33 of 47 passes for 296 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, still believes in himself and his teammates.

We got our butts beat pretty good,” Foles said. “That’s a good team; we’re a good team. We’re not where we want to be, but we will get to where we want to be if we keep believing in each other.”

Jacksonville is now 4-6, and at this point, they are two games out of first place in the AFC South, but according to Foles, the team can’t panic.

“I think the big thing is don’t press,” Foles said. “I think it’s easy to press in this situation and think the sky is falling and the world is over. It’s not. We’re blessed to play a game. The big thing for the guys right now is go home. You have a family at home. You have a wife, go love her and go be with her. If you have kids, go be with your kids. That’s part of life. And like I said, leadership will come from everybody because it will be looking at the film being critical of yourself (and) then going out there and improving. There will be some guys who will probably be more vocal than others.

“I think the big thing is we can’t press. We are 4-6. That is the situation. But, we can’t win six games at once. We’re going to have our opportunity to look at this game, improve on this game next week, and then we’re going to prepare for the next game. It’s as simple as that.”

The Jaguars got beat up the past two games against division foes, and have another division game coming up next week against the Titans. This was the most significant stretch of their season, and to lose the way they did against the Texans and Colts is very disappointing. It’s not over for Jacksonville, but it’s getting very close. 

Hall of Famer Roaf on Jaguars: ‘They had to go back to Foles; they gave Foles the money’

It’s Christmas in November for the Jacksonville Jaguars as their prized free-agent signee Nick Foles is back! The eight-year veteran will return after breaking his collarbone against the Chiefs in Week 1 when the Jaguars(4-5) travel to Indy to battle the Colts(5-4).

In the offseason, the Jaguars gave Foles a four-year, $88 million deal after the 30-year-old Foles led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2017, and the playoffs in 2018.

Some may disagree, but according to Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, it’s time to go back to a healthy Foles.

“They had to go back to Foles; they gave Foles the money,” Roaf recently told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “Foles got hurt. He never really had the chance to get going, so they had to go back to Foles. Hopefully, he can keep going, but you have to give your starting quarterback, who has the experience, the chance to come back in and play.

“The kid(Gardner Minshew) did play well at times and kept the team afloat, but they had to go back to Foles.”

Foles might not be able to fix everything for the Jaguars, but he is a much more experienced quarterback than Minshew, and he has proven he is a better player at this point. Foles is the guy that gave Duval County hope this summer, and if he performs as he did in 2017, the Jaguars have a lot to be excited about in the final seven games of the season.

Listen below at 32:54 mark:

 

Jags’ OC on Foles: ‘I think his faith gives him a lot of confidence in himself’

Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles were seemingly out of playoffs contention when starting QB Carson Wentz went out with a back injury, but just like Nick Foles did in 2017, when he came off the bench to lead the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52, Foles was able to come off the bench and lead the Eagles to the playoffs, which included a win over the Bears in the wild card round.

Fast forward to 2019. Foles, who is now with the Jaguars after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in the offseason, will return as the starting QB for Jacksonville after breaking his collarbone in Week 1 when the Jaguars travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. 

Foles is a very religious man, and it is his faith, according to Jaguars OC John DeFilippo, that fuels Foles’ confidence.

“I don’t want to speak for Nick, [but] I think his faith gives him tremendous ease,” Jaguars OC John DeFilippo said on Thursday. “And me being around him, that’s very genuine. I think his faith gives him a lot of confidence in himself, confidence in the system. And the fact that he believes that he’s going to go out there and do well.”

During his time in Philadelphia, Foles’ teammates lauded him for his leadership ability, and according to DeFilippo, who was Foles’ QB coach in Philadelphia in 2017, players are drawn to Foles.

“I think Nick is, because of the topics you guys have asked earlier – the leadership style, people gravitating towards him – I think he has a tremendous amount of belief in his teammates,” DeFilippo said. “And so, I think when you have a firm belief in yourself and a firm in your teammates, I think you have a chance to go out there and play well. And the other thing that Nick does a fantastic job of is he is in the moment all the time. When you talk to guys about taking it one play at a time, he literally takes it one play at a time. And I talk about short-term memory in here a lot; he defines short-term memory. If he goes out and has a bad play on Sunday, we’re going to move on and get better from there.”

Jacksonville paid Foles for times like this, and hopefully, for the Jaguars, he can deliver. 

 

Marrone on Minshew going to the bench: ‘I’m sure there’s some level of disappointment’

Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew had a nice run this season. In eight starts, Minshew was able to go 4-4. Also, in those eight starts(nine games), Minshew was able to put up some quality numbers(2285 yards passing, 13 touchdowns). However, in his last start against the Texans, Minshew struggled with turnovers. The sixth-round pick in this year’s draft threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. 

Ultimately, with Nick Foles healthy and ready to go, the Jaguars decided that Foles was the guy to lead the team moving forward, and according to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, he could sense that Minshew was disappointed in the decision.

“Like I said before, we had a good conversation, a tough conversation for me, because I appreciate what he’s done,” Marrone said about Minshew on Monday. “And specifically pointing out a couple things that we need to keep progressing with him and working on, and I’m sure he’s a competitor. 

“I’m sure there’s some level of disappointment personally, but the great part about Gardner [Minshew II] is that he’s going to do whatever he can to help this team win, and he knows that there are things that he’s going to work on and he’s going to improve upon, which is going to make him even better the next time he has an opportunity.”

Anytime you give a player a four-year, $88 million contract, you are going to give him every opportunity to get on the field, and based on how Minshew performed against the Texans, the Jaguars really had no choice but to go back to Foles.

Making the playoffs might be a difficult task for the 4-5 Jaguars, but if Foles, who is streaky, can get on a roll, maybe this team could have shot. “Minshew Mania” was fun. However, it’s time to see what Foles can do.

Jaguars’ Marrone explains why he went back to Nick Foles

Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles is healthy, and on Tuesday, Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone decided that he will start in Week 11 against the Colts. Jacksonville is on a bye in Week 10.

Foles, 30, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal this offseason, has missed the last eight games due to a broken left collarbone, which he suffered in Week 1 against the Chiefs.

As a whole, rookie QB Gardner Minshew played reasonably well but struggled last week against the Texans. In that game, Minshew had four turnovers(two interceptions, two fumbles). In nine games(eight starts), Minshew has thrown for 2285 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.

On Tuesday, Marrone explained why he decided to go back to Foles:

(Opening Statement)

Marrone: “First of all, I appreciate you guys coming here earlier. But I wanted to do this, and I think a lot of you guys know when I’ve felt this before, I want to make sure you guys hear things firsthand. I just got done with the team meeting [and] I’ve made a decision on the quarterbacks and Nick [Foles] will be our starting quarterback going forward. It was obviously my decision. I worked hard on it, came to it. I brought both players in this morning [and] spoke to both of them. After I spoke to the players and obviously I wanted to make sure I spoke to the team and then I wanted to get it to our media before they heard it anywhere else, where I can’t control. So, I appreciate that. We’re going through self-scout, all the things now to try to get ourselves better. I think you always find something out during this period of time. And then obviously the challenge is how do you correct it and go forward? We believe coming back that everyone that we have on the roster will be healthy, so that’s what we’re looking forward to. And I told the players, ‘Hey, let’s get away a little bit.’ Let’s come back and let’s get focused on Indianapolis.”

(On what changed his mind to making the decision before the Bye Week)

Marrone: “One of the things that I’ve learned in coaching is that it’s very difficult when – it’s tougher to make decisions when you give yourself a hard timeline, a short timeline. So, for me, when I looked at it, and I wasn’t going to put a lot of time into it prior to the game – the thought process of the quarterback position – I looked at the schedule and I said, ‘OK, what’s the most amount of time that I would have,’ before I had to make a decision. So, I wanted to get that out there to kind of give myself that time if I needed it. Going through, what I did, I took time, obviously I got the game [film] done on the way home from London. [I] stayed up, got a good night’s sleeps, woke up, started working on the quarterback decision right away. I came to a decision and I thought once you come to a decision, you might as well tell the people. I told the players today and I want to get it to you, and I just wanted to do the right thing.”

(On when he came to the decision)

Marrone: “This morning.”

(On how QB Gardner Minshew II took the decision)

Marrone: “I think Gardner’s a competitor. I think that what he’s done. He’s done a great job. I feel a whole lot different about him now than I did prior to him playing in a very positive way. We took some things and had some discussions on things that we’re going to work on going forward which will give him the ability to be a player in this league for a long time. We really believe that.”

(On Minshew’s reaction to the news)

Marrone: “I think you can go and ask him. I mean, obviously when I say someone’s a competitor, and they hear something like that, I think everyone can figure that out.”

(On how much the Week 9 game against Houston impacted the starting QB decision)

Marrone: “I try to take that out and put it as a body of work, and that’s what I did. I think that’s important. I think emotions can run sometimes differently, so I looked at the body of work.”

(On if Minshew’s shoulder soreness impacted his play in London)

Marrone: “I wasn’t even on that thought. He was ready to go.”

(On what factors led him to pick Foles as the starting QB)

Marrone: “I think for me, looking back at all of the work, the work that we put in and I just go back to the experience and what he’s going to be able to do. And I think that’s going to give us the ability [to have] a better chance of winning right now.”

(On how they plan to get Foles back up to speed)

Marrone: “He’s had a 21-day window, which we’ve brought him back. We’ve progressively brought him back into drills and brought him into some high speed, close quarter rushing [drills], where guys were coming at him, blitzes where people were coming free. We felt like we did the best job to make sure that he was in position to be ready once he was healthy.”

(On if Foles will be in the practice facility during the Bye Week)

Marrone: “I don’t know. If you’re asking [if] we have anything planned to do with him? No. But is he going to be gone? I don’t know that.”

(On when Minshew’s play made him question who should be the starter)

Marrone: “I don’t know if I had that thought process, because I don’t think you can do a good enough job for the person that’s there. In your mind, if I’m dancing with this person, but I know at the end of the night I’m going to be dancing with this other [person], I don’t think I’m going to be dancing that well with the first one. So, for me, I don’t really look at it that way.”

(On if the team’s red zone issues factored into the QB decision)

Marrone: “Not into the individual quarterback play decision. I think when you look at our ability in the red zone, I don’t think you can pin it on one person. I think collectively as a group, starting with us as coaches, we have to do a better job, and we have to put our players in better position, and we have to make plays down there. Obviously, we’re not doing well and that’ll be a big focus when we look at this self-scout of what better answers we can have.”

(On if he feels fortunate to have a 4-5 record after losing their QB in Week 1 of the season)

Marrone: “I think that’s another tough question. I’m disappointed in myself that I haven’t been able to do a better job for the fans and this team and having more wins because that’s what our job is. The story in the beginning was I feel a lot better because I did not know what we had as a backup quarterback going into the season, and I feel that right now we have two really good quarterbacks. And I think, I told the team today, the example of Gardner, as an example that’s been going on quite a bit on this team, but it doesn’t get as publicized, or I might not bring it up to the team as much, and I brought it up today. I think people like Najee Goode, who was brought here as a backup linebacker who’s starting now. Guys like Tre Herndon, who was thrown into a [starting] role and is playing well for us. Keelan Cole who came in as a free agent, then he had some success, then he really wasn’t playing as much these past couple of weeks, and then all of a sudden, he had back-to-back games with touchdowns. Just being ready, and I think it’s a great example for all of our players. So, that’s how I addressed it.”

(On if he would have been content with a 4-4 record after Foles was injured)

Marrone: “You know what scares me right now? It’s that everyone’s always trying to get to you and figure out what’s going on. I’m talking about my friends, very few, but my friends. And I get a lot of the same questions you ask, and I’m thinking maybe you [Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette] and I are meant to be best friends. But I’m going to tell you exactly what I said to my friend. I said, ‘You know, as the head football coach, as someone that’s in charge of winning, I don’t have the ability to talk that way.’ If someone said, ‘Hey, 8-0, would you go for that?’ Yes! You know what I’m saying? So for me, I don’t have that because when you’re part of a team, and you have so many other players, and you expect people to step up, you believe you can overcome whatever injury or whatever thing you have. I think that’s a case of where the fans, and the people that write, or maybe the players, they would be better with being able to answer that question than someone like myself. Because if I don’t say 8-0, then I wouldn’t be the best of what I’m trying to do. So, when we get a question of, ‘How do you feel?’ well, I feel disappointed because I haven’t done a good enough job because of where we are right now. So, we’re going to fight our asses off and work our way back in to getting ourselves in position to play a game, because like I told the team, we had an opportunity last week to put ourselves in a really good position and we didn’t take advantage of it.”