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Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

(On an injury update on WR Laviska Shenault Jr. and OL Brandon Linder) "Laviska will be out there and Brandon will not be out there at practice. I think Brandon's doubtful to play."

(On incorporating RB Dare Ogunbowale more into the game plan to give RB James Robinson rest) "No, I don't know if that's the plan. I think he [Robinson] just took a pretty good shot during the game and just came back from it and I think that was one of the reasons why. James will obviously be limited today so he's in a limited mode." 

(On QB Gardner Minshew II's workload in practice) "It's actually too much workload, so we're working through that with [Offensive Coordinator] Jay [Gruden] and [Quarterbacks Coach] Ben [McAdoo] and Gardner to know exactly what that workload is, seeing him go out there in practice and throw. That's been in my discussions so we're trying to work through it trying to understand it."

(On if a poor performance by QB Mike Glennon would be the cause to reinstate QB Gardner Minshew II as the starter) "I don't know. I mean there's a lot of things that go into it. Practice is a big thing for me, when people are practicing and how they're doing in practice. You don't want to go into a game hoping someone's going to be able to do well. I think your evaluations are day-to-day during the week and then obviously on game day for the players that are playing. They're being evaluated and if we feel like someone can go in there and help our team win, then we're going to put them in there. I think that's pretty much the process of what's always been done."

(On OL Ben Bartch's progress in his rookie year) "I think early on you can see the finish in the run game. I thought he was doing a good job there. I think like a lot of players, especially coming from small schools and not having the preseason, the pass protection stuff, you're going to get caught. It's at a much higher level here than the run game. I think it's always one of those things that I know as a line coach and evaluating linemen, to me it's a little bit easier to project how someone's going to be in the run game from what I'm seeing on tape or what I'm seeing on film than in pass pro[tection] because sometimes some guys are just athletically gifted better than everyone else. Some guys, they get away with things technically and in the NFL you're going to face someone that's better than you at some time and technically you're going to be in trouble. But I have seen improvement from him. I think he did a much better job in protection last week, so he's trending in the right direction. I'm happy with him. He's a tough guy, he can move, he's a big guy, plays multiple positions. I think it's one of those things where as we work our way through the season and him playing, it's going to make him better and I think we have to figure out what's the best position for him because he can play multiple positions."

(On the value of OL Ben Bartch playing multiple positions) "As a position, it's a little bit different now that you're allowed to dress eight linemen in a game, but when you were dressing seven, which pretty much everyone did with the roster limitations, [it's extremely valuable]. If you're not coming into this league with a team and really have a spot, like you're just going to walk in and be a starter, you're going to have to play multiple positions to be up on game day. I'm not going to say you're not going to be on the roster, but up on game day. So you have to have that type of flexibility and I think it gets overlooked. People are like, 'Well if you play guard, you play guard,' but just think about it, it's the opposite, all the footwork and the technique and the hands. Everything left and right's opposite and it's a whole lot more difficult. Then, [it's] who you're playing with. Obviously you're on the right side playing with someone else, left side. If you're swinging at guard, the only constant is the center that you're working with. There are a lot of things you have to go through, but Ben's done a good job for his first year and he's trending in the right direction, which is good, and he's getting experience which will help him down the road."

(On what WR Collin Johnson needed to improve on to get more playing time later in the season) "I think what happened was early on in training camp, we saw him making a bunch of plays, kind of like what you're seeing right now, and doing a really good job. Then when we went out there and [with] the opportunities that he had, [he] just really didn't take advantage of it. It's a little different. I think we can all appreciate how different it is from college and practice and then all of sudden now you're in an NFL game because things are going to happen a lot quicker. Collin's a very bright guy, so I think he might have been thinking too much. That's one of the conversations we had where you get on the field and you overthink things and you put this anxiety on yourself not to make a mistake and to make sure you're doing everything correctly and running the right things. It's just like, 'Hey, you just have to get out there and play. Let it loose, just go ahead and run,' and that's what I meant by carrying that stuff over from practice because he's always done that in practice. Just in the games early on he didn't seem like the same type of player that we were seeing in practice on the game field. But now I think we're starting to see that, or you're starting to see that, so now he's starting to make those plays and he's doing a really good job."

(On his favorite play from WR Collin Johnson) "It's hard for me to pick one, but he made a lot of plays in training camp. I think it's one of those training camp things where you see a guy that has size, that's big, that can run, that can pluck the ball and catch, and do those things. Then you get excited and want to see that stuff on Sunday where you're scoring touchdowns and making plays. It doesn't always happen as fast as the coach wants or the player wants, so he's worked extremely hard to do it and he constantly will make plays throughout practice and throughout the week."

(On constantly having to make changes at the quarterback position throughout his career as the head coach in Jacksonville) "I think anywhere you look around the league, if you're not stable at that position it's going to be difficult, it's going to be challenging. We're trying to make sure we're trying to find the right fit, the right guy to lead this team and lead this franchise. We have guys that we just keep trying and just keep putting them in there. But I think if you look at teams that don't have that [stability], it's the most important position. It doesn't matter where you are or what coach you are. They're going to say, 'What's the most important position?' And first one's always quarterback, it's not even close. It's an important position and it's one that we continue to keep working on and keep trying to get it right."

(On his reactions to QB Gardner Minshew II's comments that he begged for playing time) "There's a lot of players that will say, 'Hey, I want to play,' whether it's practice squad, whether it's a backup role that wants to play more. Daniel Thomas, prior to him being hurt and starting to play, every week he was [saying], 'Coach, I'm ready. You have to get me in.' You want that as a coach. You want that competitiveness. It's the same thing I would tell Daniel, 'Hey, you have to go out there and practice and practice well, not make any mistakes, know we can trust you and put you on out there, perform well in practice, and you'll start getting snaps,' and that's exactly what happened to a point where he started to play and go. I think you get a little bit worried if it's the other way where someone doesn't want to get out there, he's not a competitor, he's comfortable in his role of maybe not playing. You can have all these emotions as a player and sometimes on the outside you'll look at it and say, 'Oh man, he must be really upset that he's not doing this or that,' but at the end of the day that's not how they are around their teammates and how they practice. They're still working to get better and do it. There's some guys that you would know that. You can get a sense of that, but we don't have that issue at all. We're all trying to communicate, we're all trying to work through things during these tough times, so we're just going to keep working on these guys and keep getting better."

(On RB James Robinson being limited in practice today) "He took a shot. He takes a lot of shots. I think that I'm not worried about him slowing down. It just happens and you just kind of catch your breath a little bit and then go back out there. Coming back this week, we're going to limit him, but he'll be fine. We've had this conversation before about the workload and everything. I think he's good where he is and I don't have a problem keeping him in there for as many plays as we need him in there. I really don't. Obviously, at that position, you're going to get a blow now and then depending upon what goes on during the game, but he'll be full go. He's ready to go. I'm not concerned about him."

(On getting to know RB James Robinson's character throughout the season) "I think both with success and failure with players, you can just look, watch them, and see how they react to things. I think you have to be guarded with both. I think if you're not doing well, then you're looking at your attitude, how hard you're working to overcome that. I think if you're doing well, what's going to happen now? Are you going to start cutting corners or trying to save yourself or do things like that or are you going to continue to keep pushing and work hard? I think that's probably the thing I'm most impressed with I would say with James is just his consistency. I mean just a consistent effort, a consistent work ethic, a consistent demeanor of everything that goes on. The greatest thing I think for a coach is to know… I've had players when I was a position coach where I knew that when they came into the building, I knew what type of day it was going to be, meaning like, 'This guy's ready to go. He's focused. Oh, I'm going to have to kick him in the butt and get him going.' [With] James, you know what you're getting every day. You're going to get everything he has every day and I think, as a coach, I know for myself that's greatly appreciated. That's what I meant about him and he's focused. I try to bring up things just to try to get a feel of what's going on around him, but I have no feel because his focus is just on playing and doing the best job he can. It's a little bit unique. It's unique and it's greatly appreciated."

(On the challenges the Tennessee Titans present this week) "I still see the same challenges. You have a team that they're big, they're strong, they're physical. They've had a couple injuries, but up front their inside players are playing extremely well. They're a load in there. Offensively you look, they have receivers that are all good size, can run, tight ends that can run. Obviously we know about [Titans RB Derrick] Henry. He's leading the league in rushing, is an outstanding back and [Titans QB Ryan] Tannehill's dangerous. He'll run when he needs to run, and he can run. He's a former wide receiver, we all know that. Special teams, they've had a lot changes going on there with the kickers, but their core guys are still strong. They're whatever they are, tied for first in the division, and there's a reason for that and they're a heck of a football team. They're coming in here and they're coming off a tough loss to Cleveland, so we'll get the best of Tennessee. [Titans Head Coach] Mike [Vrabel] does a great job with those guys. They have a really good coaching staff. They'll be ready to go and we'll get our guys ready to go."