Day that was: 'We've hurt ourselves'

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JACKSONVILLE -- Senior writer John Oehser examines the day that was around the Jaguars Wednesday, with an eye on the offense in the first week under Interim Head Coach Doug Marrone

'WE'VE HURT OURSELVES'

Nathaniel Hackett said Jaguars Interim Head Coach Doug Marrone hasn't changed this week.

"Doug is Doug," Hackett said.

Hackett, the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, said the same will pretty much be true of the offense in the first game after Marrone took over for recently-dismissed Head Coach Gus Bradley.

Hackett, who also served as offensive coordinator during Marrone's head-coaching stints at Syracuse University (2011-2012) and with the Buffalo Bills (2013-2014), said the change in head coach won't likely mean a dramatic change in offensive approach or game plan.

And he said the offense's mission will remain what it has been much of the season.

"We've always been kind of trying to find ourselves," Hackett said Wednesday as the Jaguars (2-12) prepared to play the Tennessee Titans (8-6) at EverBank Field Saturday at 1 p.m. "That's kind of what it is. Right when we think we find ourselves, somebody gets nicked and you take a step back.

"As coaches, our job is to adjust. I think right now that's what we're doing. It's a short week, and we're trying to figure out what our best grouping is and where we're most efficient."

Hackett, hired as the Jaguars' quarterbacks coach in January 2015, was promoted to offensive coordinator following the team's 36-22 loss at Tennessee on October 27. The Jaguars fell behind 27-0 at halftime of that game, and offensive coordinator Greg Olson was dismissed two days later.

The Jaguars' offense, which ranked 25th in the NFL in total yards following the loss to Tennessee, now ranks 28th. The Jaguars have committed 26 turnovers, the third-most in the NFL, and they have struggled in the fourth quarter during the last five games of a franchise single-season-record nine-game losing streak.

"There's been a lot that's gone on," Hackett said. "For us this whole year it has been the Jags beating the Jags. That's me looking at it from an offensive standpoint. We've turned the ball over. We've hurt ourselves. We haven't been efficient at times. We haven't done some of the things we've wanted to do.

"It's been on us. It's on everybody – that game [the Tennessee loss] along with our situation here [Bradley's dismissal]. They're a good football team. They're sound. But we need to do what we need to do. That's the most important thing. We need to do the things we want to do and execute those things first before it's about the Tennessee Titans."

 

BATTLE AWAY

Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash, like Hackett, on Wednesday spoke to the media for the first time since Marrone took over for Bradley. Also like Hackett, Wash said he didn't expect a dramatic change in game-plan, preparation or approach under Marrone. "We've sat down, and he has been pleased with what we've done so far on defense," Wash said of Marrone. "We just want to go out and continue to play hard, sound football. If that happens, I think we give ourselves a chance on Saturday." Wash said he anticipates no personnel changes Saturday. "We're going to keep battling away," he said. "We played some pretty decent football up to this point with the guys we have. We feel strongly in all the guys we have on the defensive side." The Jaguars' defense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards allowed.

BACK AT IT

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) worked limited Wednesday after missing practice Tuesday, while defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (hip), tight end Ben Koyack (knee) and offensive lineman Josh Wells (clavicle) all worked limited for a second consecutive day.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee) worked limited Wednesday and quarterback Blake Bortles practiced full with a right shoulder issue.

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INURY REPORT

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn and tight end Neal Sterling both missed practice Wednesday in the concussion protocol.

They were among eight Jaguars players out of practice Wednesday. The others: cornerback Aaron Colvin (ankle), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (calf), wide receiver Allen Hurns (hamstring), linebacker Sean Porter (hamstring), offensive guard Chris Reed (toe) and running back Denard Robinson (ankle).

 

QUOTABLE I

"He's a serious guy, and he's always an excited guy. This whole year has been a roller-coaster. There's really probably no right way handle all of this stuff. He's just being himself. That's the thing I appreciate from knowing him for so long. He's going up there, being himself and wanting to set the tone and understanding we want to win a game."

--Hackett on Marrone

QUOTABLE II

"It was brutal to watch. We played probably our worst football game of the year."

--Wash on October loss in which the Jaguars allowed the Titans 494 yards

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QUOTABLE III

"When we get into this business, we know there are only two types of coaches – those that have and those that will be fired. We knew at some point in time it was going to happen; it does to everybody. It's not an easy transition with him and I being so close, but we had a good, lengthy conversation after the game. He knows I support him 100 percent and what we were trying to do here."

--Wash on Bradley's departure

QUOTABLE IV

"This is part of the job. It's the best profession in the world and it's the worst business. That's how I've always looked at that, and it's how I've grown up with it."

--Hackett on end-of-season coaching uncertainty

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