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Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone: Friday, November 13, 2020

(On QB Jake Luton's performance last week and in practice this week preparing for his second start) "I never want to get myself in trouble with the practice stuff. You come out here and you go, 'Oh, he's great', then all of a sudden on Sunday things don't go well and everyone's like, 'What's going on? Coach is BS-ing us' or whatever. He's a business approach guy. There's obviously some really good throws in practice and there's some that you're going to want to take away. He's a young guy. I think there's a couple things that you kind of check off the list because you just haven't seen before. Like I said, he [had] never been in a game. I [had] never been on the sideline and watched him play. Those are all the things that we've talked about that I was concerned about before the game and the things that I've talked about after the game. Now, it's just a matter of what steps is he going to take? Is he going to take a step backward? Is he going to stay the same? Is he going to take a step forward? I think that's what we're all looking for and I think we're going to get that answer on Sunday after the game."

(On his confidence in WR Chris Conley stepping in for the injured WR Laviska Shenault Jr.) "I think we'll look at it from multiple ways. I think there's a good count on what we feel, now especially this time of the season, of production of the players. I think that Chris [Conley] is someone that's always worked extremely hard, ultimate pro. We've talked about that all the time. He's someone that's played and has produced, so I never have a problem with the ball going to Chris. He's good after the catch, does everything well, so we're fortunate. I mean those guys have been playing and now it's just a matter of the reps kind of changing for what's going on, but it's not like we're putting someone in there that we haven't seen before in a game action. We're putting someone in there that definitely has more experience than anyone else that we have."

(On the progression of OL Cam Robinson and the rest of the offensive line) "I think Cam [Robinson]'s much better than he was the year before. There's no doubt about it. I've said this multiple times, I think the inside three have done well. They've graded out well. They've played well. That's backed up by even statistics outside of how we look at it and grade it. I think the tackles have had moments of showing that they're really doing a good job and I think sometimes there's a lot of pressure on those guys when you get behind in games. Overall, it's been a pretty solid group for us. I think they'll be tested this week on third down and there'll be some tests down the road for them, but they continue to work hard. They continue to get better. We've got to keep them healthy. Obviously, Brandon [Linder]'s questionable, so we're fortunate that we have Tyler Shatley to go in there. We have some good depth. Will Richardson [Jr.], the last time he went in there and did a nice job. Ben Bartch is a young guy that's coming along that we think is going to be a good football player for us. So, there's some pieces there that we feel really good about."

(On the optimism for the future with this year's rookie class) "Right now, I'm so concentrated on getting ready for Green Bay. But I think you see the younger guys though, obviously the youth of the team is out there. It's not an excuse obviously, I'm not going to go down that road. I think it's the same thing that you battle all the time. I've had many young guys play for me, third round picks or fifth round picks or whatever it may be. When you're winning, there's obviously more patience. Sometimes that's better for those young guys depending on what type of player they are, how they are wired mentally, and there's a lot that goes into that. Then sometimes, when you're not doing well, you're trying to speed up [their progress] because now all of sudden you need them to play really beyond what they've experienced is probably the best way to put it. So, you have to have some balance in that and what you do. I think that a lot of times guys will see talent and everyone's like, 'Well, you have to use him more. Use this guy more. Do this. Why isn't this guy doing all this stuff?', but there's a lot of things that are on someone's plate. I think that [with] the game, you have to be smart, you have to go through things, you have to have a feel, you have to have instinct. Some guys have it, very few when they come out of college and it's something that's developed in this league. To answer your question, I think I can even though I'm focused on Green Bay, is that a lot of it's going to be on the development on how these guys go. You would hope that this type of experience with the way they've been working creates a chip on their shoulder and they get pissed off and they keep coming back stronger and stronger. If they go the other way and they get lax and they're not going to make it in this league anyway, so they're not going to be able to do it. There's a lot that's going on between coach and player and player amongst themself that happens when you're struggling this way. To answer that question, I think that's in the future. That remains to be seen."

(On the team's work ethic in spite of the losing streak) "You know what is it? Obviously, a lot of us have been through this at some point in our careers and I've seen it where it separates a team, there's injuries, there's guys that don't practice, there's coaches that are walking around with their head down. There's a lot of that that has occurred when things like this go on, but I haven't seen that [with this team]. I still feel the same way. I told you guys I really love this team; I really do. I've got zero issues. There's nothing that's [an issue]. These guys are going about their business and working hard and that's not usually the case, especially now. I think trying to hold it together is what you see on Sunday. I could sit here and tell you, 'Hey, we don't have this. We don't have that. They're working hard and doing this.' If they go on the field and play hard then you know all those things are going on. Once they start going on that field and they don't start playing hard, then there's problems and the finger will be pointed at me, which it should be. I understand that, but it's more than that when you start seeing that on the field. I don't know whether they're too young to even know, but they work now. They might not get it done on Sunday, but they work their ass off to try to get it done on Sunday."

(On his relationship with Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who worked as his offensive coordinator at Syracuse, with the Buffalo Bills and in Jacksonville) "To answer that question, like I said, I have a lot of issues myself as far as socialization. I'm not a very social guy. I probably talk to two people, maybe three outside of anything to do with the football program. I'll give you an example, I'm close to Pete Carmichael. I haven't talked to Pete Carmichael in months. That doesn't mean [we don't have a relationship], I just don't socialize. I try to do my job and then after my job I try to rely on my family and that takes up all my time. Right now, I don't have a relationship with pretty much anyone that's outside of those three people or anyone that's in tier one, tier two, or tier three."