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Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone: Monday, December 7, 2020

(On an injury update on WR Laviska Shenault Jr. and OL Brandon Linder) "Actually, they're still being evaluated, so until that stuff comes back [we don't know]. We're expecting it back later this afternoon. There was some scheduling stuff that we had to work through, but again, I'll know more later today. Basically, with Laviska [Shenault Jr.] it's a just the hand with the thumb issue and obviously it's the ankle with Brandon [Linder].

(On WR Collin Johnson stepping up after WR Laviska Shenault Jr.'s injury) "I mean I'm happy to see Collin [Johnson] these past couple weeks make some plays. I think that early on we talked about that he was doing a really good job in practice and really playing well and then really wasn't playing like he was practicing early on. I think now it's starting to carry over now to the field where he is starting to have to the ability to make plays for us. So, I'm happy to see that because he's a smart kid, he works extremely hard. That's what you want to see from some of these young guys is that stuff starting to come from the practice and move on to the field and he's one of those guys that has been doing that."

(On if K Chase McLaughlin will remain the kicker the rest of the season) "I don't know. I mean we're still looking at that and trying to figure out who gives us the best chance to win just like all these other positions. Obviously, we do have Aldrick [Rosas] on the roster too, practice squad. I'm happy with Chase [McLaughlin], I like Aldrick, so I think whoever we feel is kicking well, that's who we'll go with."

(On the possibility of using P Logan Cooke to kick field goals) "I think Logan [Cooke]'s been such a solid player for us. We've had a lot on his plate and sometimes things will go ahead and affect the way he plays, but he's a consistent player. We did have that discussion."

(On QB Gardner Minshew II's status) "We talked today and just like I told him, I just want to see more at practice. I think he's working on his volume and the amount of throws and all of that. He's obviously cleared medically, but still you want to be able to see those things on the practice field. I just think right now in practice Mike [Glennon] is throwing better and giving us the best chance to win. I don't think Gardner [Minshew II]'s 100 percent as far as his workload and that's always [of] concern to me. I'm trying to understand it and we're both trying to work through it."

(On QB Gardner Minshew II's mindset not being the starter) "We've been having a lot of conversations, so it's not a problem at all. I mean whatever he feels he can do, what's best for the team, he'll do. He's said that quite a bit, so I don't see a problem there. The communication's been fine. I think everything's been upfront, everything's been talked about, so I feel comfortable with that. I think he's trying to do everything he can to get himself back to a point where he feels comfortable and his workload is right."

(On the decision to already announce that QB Mike Glennon will be the starter over QB Gardner Minshew II again next week) "I think it's the workload and what I'm seeing during the week. I think that it's difficult when you guys aren't out there. Obviously, you guys aren't out there, so you really can't see the same things that go into some of the decision making that goes on. I think I said last night, I think we're going to look at Mike [Glennon] and evaluate it and then really try to clean up somethings because right now I believe he's throwing the ball well enough. Obviously, the turnovers are not something that you want. I think that the fumble [was him] doing too much trying to run it. Guys are going to be able to catch you from behind and knock it out. [We needed to] have a conversation with him about that which we did. Then obviously in the end zone, I know we got pressure. It was a safety, but you still have to hang on to the ball there. The first one I thought we could've been more aggressive going for the ball. I think it went through his hands and was a pick. Then the last one, we just have to keep working with him and DJ [Chark Jr.] and trying to get that better, but that guy stood inside. He was trying to make a big play and forced it and should've hit the check down. I think both things are correctable. I think it was easy because of the workload situation knowing that we're going to stay with him until the workload and the throwing during the week for Gardner [Minshew II] gets right and then it gets to a point where you do have to make a decision."

(On what contributes to a good game in terms of run defensive) "I think you look at our interior guys with [Doug] Costin and Daniel [Ekuale] and Adam [Gotsis] going in. Those guys have been doing a nice job, they really have. When those guys can go up there and they can be disruptive and hold the point, then obviously we have a chance and everyone's in the right gap. I think overall if I'm not mistaken with your question, when we have everyone fitting the right gap, and I think you could probably say this to any defense, it's going to be difficult to run the football. If you can hold the point, fit your gaps, it's going to go well. I think for us when you look at it, that has been the biggest issue that when we haven't been able to control the run, there's two things I think you can look at: it's the gap and the fits obviously and then obviously the missed tackles. So, I guess when you're fitting your gaps and you're tackling well, you have a chance to be pretty darn good in this league. That's the challenge for us and that's what we keep working on."

(On the QB Mike Glennon's decision to target WR DJ Chark Jr. when he threw an interception in overtime) "I think Mike [Glennon] said he should've taken the check down, correct? When the safety's sitting that far inside, we'd rather go hit the check down because at least with the distance of the throw, he still has the ability to break on the ball. Then, obviously the throw was inside and it's just [that] you're trying to make a play. That's not what we teach. That's not how he wanted it done and I think Mike said it afterwards, so you have to hit the check down and go. The check downs always have a chance to get it even though you want to push the ball past the sticks. I can see what some people would say. There is a window between him and the safety, but if the safety's inside like that, you don't really want to do that. You want the safety to be wider. I'm not trying to argue it, defend it, I'm just saying that I think if you look at it from maybe how a fan or you look at things. But yeah, if you throw that ball on a strike, can that safety get there or not? I don't know, probably, maybe not in that situation. Maybe not, I'm going to give you that, but if you want to be consistent over the course of time and be the best you can be, you want that safety off that hash, turning, going out wider, and then breaking it in and having the window open to you. Again, I'm just telling you how we teach it. I'm not trying to defend, I'm really not. I'm just saying that I understand what people may see or what it may look like on tape. Maybe you can get it, there's some guys [that] do. Some guys will throw it in there and they'll get it in there. Mike has the ability to do that, but we just didn't get it done. I think at the end of the day when things go errant and you have a bad play, then you go back through how everything's taught. You're like, 'Okay, I could've hit the check down' and then when guys make those plays, you're like, 'Hey, great play.' But you have to be careful, you know what I'm saying? It happens a lot. Not a lot, I should say it happens."

(On the rotation of the defensive line) "I like the rotation. Those guys are making plays and they continue to have it. Doug [Costin] had five tackles and a batted ball and a sack, so he's been playing at a good level for us. Daniel [Ekuale] was disruptive. I thought he did a really good job holding the point. He had another good game I thought, and Adam Gotsis has been solid for us all year, he really has. Those inside guys are playing [well] and we're trying to get Taven [Bryan] and keep coming along. I mean he's not as productive right now as those other players in there for us."

(On DE/LB K'Lavon Chaisson's performance yesterday) "I think after you're done and you're done with the disappointment of the outcome and you're trying to look at things with a good perspective, I thought by far this was the best he's played since he's been here which is really encouraging because it's not from a lack of him not willing to put in the work or wiling to know what to do. It's just getting out there and just keep going, keep going. We had long discussions this week. I had discussions with him. I'm like, 'Hey listen, don't stop your feet before contact.' He has been doing a good job in the run game, but he affected the quarterback yesterday. So, that was the first time I felt like he felt good about what he was doing, he was going, and now we have to build on it. It's one of those things where some players can take a gradual increase and just get a little bit better as you keep going and keep playing and some players, all of sudden, boom, the light comes on and goes. I'm hoping with K'Lavon [Chaisson] I think he's going to see everything we've been saying, he's going to see it on film tomorrow, he's going to watch it, and go, 'Hey listen, I have a chance now to really make some things happen.' So, from that standpoint, that was an exciting part for him. I was excited for him. Obviously, I'm disappointed with the game's outcome, but I am excited for him because he has worked hard."