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Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone: Sunday, October 18, 2020

(On plans for improvements in QB Gardner Minshew II's performance) "We've just got to start making some plays and run the football better. I mean, I think there's a lot of things that we can do for a lot of players that we've got to continue to take a look at. So, I think it's all a team effort. Like I told the team, I mean, we all have to do a better job. So, you know, we dug ourselves in this hole, we're not playing very well, we're not making plays at critical times in the game, [we're] falling behind, trying to play catch-up too early, not making plays early enough to keep the game within one score. So, I think we're all able to see that and it becomes a point of frustration and it's one that you have to work through and that's what we'll continue to do."

(On what attributed to the lack of momentum from the offensive line today) "Well, I think, you know, A.J. [Cann] gets hurt, we put someone in there. I just don't think we did a good enough job at that point. I think we've got to give Detroit credit. I mean, they've got some big guys up front, played a bunch of guys in the box, they were playing a bunch of bear [defense]—which we knew, going in, that they had the ability to do. And we weren't able to break them. And I think you saw on the other side, they were able to break a couple of those runs and at the end of the day, we just didn't win enough, collectively. And that's the one group that you have to win collectively on, we had just, maybe a couple, but obviously not even close to enough of what we needed to establish the run."

(On whether Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash's employment is safe) "Yes. Yes, as long as I'm here and I'm the head coach, yes, he's safe."

(On whether he doesn't want to make changes or whether he doesn't think Coach Todd Wash is the problem) "Oh, I think we all have to get better; I'm going to acknowledge that. I just think I don't know what else. We've tried to do everything. I mean, we've done things, we've worked on them, we've changed things up, we've pressured, we've played defense. I think we need someone to step up and make plays. I think when you look at the first 17 points, there's two third downs, one we give up a scramble, one we go offsides, to keep the drive going, they score. The second one, we get knocked out of a gap and the guys goes 50 and the we've got a DPI [defensive pass interference] and they score. Then, the field goal, there was another big play, a big pass play there, where we just can't make a play on it. So, I think when you go through—when you talk about changes and things of that nature, I think if you have good options to go to—but right now, I don't see any options. I see us at—we've just got to keep working to get these guys better and be able to make some plays, and that's what's hurting us. It's not a lack of not trying of changing things, which we have done."

(On not hitting available plays in the passing game) "Yeah, in the red zone, on the fourth down play, the ball was a little bit behind them on the slant route. A couple of opportunities out [there], man-coverage team pretty much, they played us early and some two, showing us bear and changing it up—which they do. I mean, it's not anything that we don't—that we didn't practice or don't know. A lot of times, it's just trying to keep trying to dial it up until you can find ways to create some separation and create some plays. And right now, we're not able to do that, we're not able to get the clean pocket, step it up and go in at times when we need it. And then times when we have the clean pocket, we're not probably getting it either opened enough or we're not throwing it enough. I mean, there's just so many things that are going into it and I think that's where it leads to the frustration. Where if it's an easy fix and it's just like, 'Oh, we just need to play this player more,' or 'Let's feature this player,' or 'Let's do that.' I think we have enough good coaches here that we would do that. But, we've tried everything and we're going to continue to keep trying."

(On effort not being an issue on the team and whether it's a talent issue on the roster) "I think we have a lot of young talent. I just think that we need to start making some plays to build that confidence. I think that when you're not making plays, there's a level of frustration, there's a little bit of, obviously, a lot of disappointment. You've got to be able to battle through those things. I think that we have players that can do that, and [the team] relies on me to make sure that we're getting it done. So, I would put it more on me than anything else."

(On whether the players are being put in the best positions to make plays and be successful on the field) "Yeah, I mean, that's what our goal is; that's what we're trying to do. I think that—what are you going to say? 'I wish we double-covered someone on this play.' If the guy makes a play, that's tough to do. Or, 'I wish we would've put a bigger guy in this gap or maybe make an inside move or do that.' I think as coaches, we're always going to question ourselves of how we can put them in better leverage and better situations. It's just hard trying to—making sure that you're sound and trying to figure out what is the play that they're going to run so that you can put your guys in that good situation. Because there's always going to be a variety of them. So, we've just got to continue to keep working and we've got to continue to make those plays and try to build the confidence where it'll continue to make them back-to-back. Especially in situations that are on your side; whether it's short yardage and we have the ball on offense or whether it's 3rd-and-long and we're rushing the quarterback, or in special teams when we have an opportunity. So, right now, we're just not making any plays in all three phases and that's on all of us, that's not just on the players."

(On his job status after a 1-5 start) "Yeah, I mean, the realistic part is you never know when it's going to stop. I mean, I'm not going to be one of those guys to say that that's not something that can happen. I mean, we see what happens around the league, so I acknowledge that. But at the same time, it's something that I can't control. So, and I've said it before; I really love the coaches we have, and I love the players that we have on this team. And I look at that sense of relationship that I have with them as to make sure that I'm coming in doing the best job I can to get everyone around me better for however long I maintain this position."

(On whether it was considered to give QB Gardner Minshew a break) "No. Maybe in the future, I think. I mean, I'd be naïve not to say—that's up for any position; any play that we can do for ourselves to get better. But no, I didn't feel that way during the course of the game."

(On whether this feels like the lowest point in his tenures as a coach) "It's the most challenging, I'll say that. I mean, that's how I feel about it. I think it's the most challenging. I think it probably hurts more because we've got guys that are working hard, we've got a bunch of coaches that work hard, and we can't seem to bring it together. I think that's what hurts me more than really anything. I mean, that's what it comes down to at those; that's the most important thing, those types of relationships that you have. I think if I look back at the challenges I've had in my whole career, outside of coaching, no, this is not anywhere near some of the challenges I've had in my life. And that's what I try to talk to the players about. I think that we've all had these challenges, all of us, there's 100 percent. There's someone that has a story the way they've tried to come back from something that was tough. So, we've dug ourselves in this hole and we've got to fight our way and just keep fighting. And we can't—whatever happens with the chips, whichever way they go, whichever side of the table, hopefully we can win enough that we can gather those chips up. But that's what our goal is, that's what we're trying to do. But yeah, to answer your question, yeah, it's a very difficult situation. I'm not going to lie about that."

(On whether this is the most frustrated he's been) "Yeah, I don't—I want to make sure I'm clear on this. It's the biggest disappointment I have in myself; is a better way to say it. You know what I'm saying, Gene? In other words, I don't want to make it like, 'Oh I'm just frustrated, I'm throwing [stuff] and I'm pulling out my hair.' I'm just so disappointed. That feeling, whatever it is in your gut that people have, there's a hole there for me. And because in my past I've been able to pull through some things and pull people up and get people to perform, and I'm doing everything I can to do that and it's not either A, going as fast as I want it to, or B, I'm not getting that done and I feel like I'm the one that's letting down the coaches and the players. But that's just how I've always looked at things. So, I really want to stay away from the 'frustration' word because I look at it as I'm just disappointed in myself. So, I'd appreciate it if you agree with that."