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Jaguars Postgame: Titans vs. Jaguars - Thursday, September 19, 2019


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(Opening statement) "Good evening. Obviously it was a good win. I told the players in the locker room it was the longest short week that we've had in the NFL. I give a lot of credit to the coaches. I give a lot of credit to the players. It's tough to play on a short week. It was great to be at home. It was great to be in front of our fans. They really helped us tonight. I thought that obviously in the beginning, coming off a tough loss on the road last week, you're looking for something to happen early. You're looking for something good to happen. Obviously we were able to get that muffed punt and able to recover it and turn it into a score. We were able to build on that and go up 14-nothing. I thought we had a couple of opportunities to go up 21-nothing and we just missed it. I think on offense we can build on our third downs. We haven't done a good job with that so we need to improve, and then obviously up front it was good to get Cam [Robinson] despite the holding penalty right off the bat. I thought he did a nice job and played well. Some communication stuff inside. The Titans have done a great job if you look at their past games really scheming up third down and really every game had a bunch of free hitters. I thought we did a heck of a job in our protection game. Obviously, I think we all know and the players included that we have to improve in our run game, and that's something that we're going to need down the road. Obviously D.J. Chark [Jr.] is playing at a high level. Obviously we're pleased with the quarterback. Defensively when you look at two weeks ago, the way we opened up, that's not who they are. They feel that way, but you are what you are when you play. I think they had a little chip on their shoulder. I thought they did a nice job last week. I think they followed it up really well in this game. I thought our defensive line played extremely well. I thought our back-end was covering well, because I think when you get sacks like that it's a combination – the guys up front and the guys in the back end. [Derrick] Henry is a great running back, very difficult to tackle. I thought we had a good plan, good tackling plan. I thought we had them sometimes in the backfield, but we still weren't able to get him down. I thought we did a good job on their screen game. It's a good football team we played tonight. I was happy to come out there with a win. I'm going to take a couple of days, get ourselves rested up, get our minds right, come back, we go on the road, and we got to be ready to play a game again. We got guys coming back, which is a great sign, healthy, doesn't look like we went and had anything major happen tonight injury-wise to my knowledge right now, so I'm just happy to get this win."

(On Gardner Minshew II's performance, both good and bad) "It's all good.  I really think it's good. Actually, it's remarkable, to be honest with you."

(On the offensive line their performance tonight) "I think in my opening statement I covered it when I said you know obviously we're disappointed and we understand that we need to run the ball better. That's everybody: tight ends, receivers, running backs, everyone is included in that. I do think we're doing a very good job protecting the quarterback against a team that has shown they can rush and pressure and there's a lot of different looks. They threw a ton of different looks at us and like I said before, you watch the tape of them and they've got guys running free in almost every game. I give a lot of credit to Brandon Linder and Gardner [Minshew II] because they're the ones who are really dictating the direction the protection is going. He knows where to go with the football. There's things that you miss out there and there's things we can do a better job. I think the line will continue to get better. We had some guys out there playing. Communication is tough. You guys talk about continuity all the time. I get that question. You work together in individual, but it's a whole different ball game when you go out on the field and you're under the lights, especially in a night game and guys are coming back and things are happening in split seconds. You got to communicate. A lot of times when you play next to someone for a long period of time, you've got a feel.  Those guys have a feel. They've seen a lot of things. I think tonight we got some cover zero, guys came free, there's some things that went on that I think we'll learn from them and guys will get better."

(On if those communications issues within the offensive line would have been alleviated if they'd played more together in the preseason) "Oh, absolutely, if they'd just played more together. So I just want to make sure I'm right on this. The communication is because the players have been injured, not because they haven't played together."

(On the thought process going for it on fourth down instead of kicking a field goal late in the game) "I wanted to be aggressive. I knew they didn't have any timeouts, so I wanted to go ahead and score and just end it right there. I knew that if we didn't score that it would still be very difficult, possible, but obviously extremely difficult."

(On if he'd like to play seven offensive linemen like tonight, or five) "That's a great question. You know, I like playing guys if I'm going to be able to play a combination of two players at one position and at the end of the day I can stand up here and say that they've been productive. That's a little tough. As a player, I understood when they switch guys in and out it kind of changes the way you play a little bit because guys are different and you have to play in unison. To answer your question, if I knew I would have two guys who were equal and at the end of the day I was going to get better production, yes. Would I like to do that? No, because I think as the game goes on and you're starting to see things and you're playing with each other, there's a lot of times anyone who has played this game, especially up front, you see something going, your guys are on the same page. You don't even have to talk. You don't have to say anything. I don't want to make a big deal out of it, obviously, but that's the case. To answer your question, yes, I'd like to have five playing together all the time. I think when you look at the NFL, and you look at the teams at the end of the year that are playing well and doing well, one of the things we look at is the offensive line and when you see they haven't played a lot of different players, they have a pretty good chance of being good."

(On Calais Campbell's performance) "I thought he had a real strong game the first game. Then against the Texans it was tough. You really can't say enough about the consistency of what type of player he is, the tenacity he has, the way he goes about the game. He's long. He's relentless. He's just a great pro. It's very difficult to stand up here and say anything. He had a hell of move tonight. I was like, 'Where did that come from.' I don't think I've ever seen that, honestly. I'm like, 'Where did that come from.' He's a guy that studies and works. You talk about Calais, but it opened up…guys like Yannick [Ngakoue] where they constantly have two guys and they're chipping and doing things to him, can free guys up on the inside and you saw our inside guys get some good pressure. Taven Bryan had some nice pressure. Obviously, [Dawaune] Smoot has been really playing well for us. He hasn't gotten a lot of time or people haven't asked me a lot of questions about him. He's a guy that's been with us obviously, but the way he's worked, how hard he's worked, I think it's really starting to show. Marcell [Dareus], he's been injured, not practicing a lot, but he came back, had a play. Abe [Abry Jones] fighting in there with the run game. Defensive line-wise, we have a pretty good wave of guys that are going in there. They are pretty different, which is also another…being an ex-offensive lineman you have all these different types of guys you are going against. You're constantly going through in your mind, 'What's his best move? What's his countermove?' It's Calais. It's this guy, this guy."

(On if he's surprised that DJ Chark Jr. is playing at this high a level) "I said what I said before about how hard he works, but what's interesting, probably in the production meetings that we have, the coaches are like hey listen, we come out and ESPN ranks us 32nd, last, with our position group. We come out and we like our players, you know? We didn't play it up to them or throw it in their face or do anything of that nature to try to motivate them. We don't have to do that with our guys, but one of the things that we talked about, at least from me, I said, 'If DJ Chark could come out and really have a strong showing early where they can take the top off the defense, that's really going to open up a lot of things for us.' [Director of Public Relations] Tad [Dickman] has been in those meetings and I've said that and he's done that and played to that level. Like I said before, he's playing at a high level and it's going to open up a lot of things for us."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On freedom given by Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo) "We are all building trust right now. Whether it's me and 'Flip', 'Flip' and everybody, or me and the guys on the field. All you can do is try and earn that trust every day and when you do that, you get more opportunities to do fun things like that."

(On excitement felt coming off the field after first NFL win as a starter) "Yeah you can't beat it, can't beat it at all. It was awesome to experience it with these guys. We've been battling our tails off getting closer and closer and to finally do it on our home field, it was a lot of fun."

(On if he ever gets nervous) "I get nervous. You GET nervous and get through it. Just play until you're in it."

(On whether it runs through his mind that he's playing in the NFL on prime time) "Sometimes, but more than anything, it motivates me. A lot of people never thought I'd get this opportunity so now that I do have it, I have to make the most of it. I'm super grateful for it but I know through everything I've learned in my career and the situation I am in, I may only get one so you got to make the most of it and that's what I'm trying to do now."

(On the way he developed a 50-50 ball to specific receivers) "Absolutely. I feel like with a lot of our guys it's not 50-50. They're making some great plays on the ball. That makes it a lot of fun and just getting more reps and getting more comfortable with them and understanding where to put the ball relative to where the defenders are at. Using their body position to make the play has been a lot of fun working with them."

(On connection with DJ Chark Jr.) "DJ has been awesome. He's playing with a lot of confidence right now and I have a lot of confidence in him. When he's one-on-one, I'm going to give him his shot."

(On if he's surprised by how he's been playing) "No, because I know the preparation I put in. I know the guys that I have around me and the coaches we have have done everything they can to prepare me. I've never felt unprepared. Didn't have much experience but I'm definitely prepared."

(On how the early touchdown relaxed him for the rest of the game) "It's huge. Anytime the defense can give us a short field, we're excited. We smell blood in the water and we're going to try and go get it. That lets us be aggressive which is a fun way to play. So, it was huge. Special teams and defense all played so well tonight which made it really easy for us."

(On how big of a step the offensive line took tonight) "It was great. I'm pretty clean for the most part. I don't think we had any sacks so you can't ask for any more. Those dudes are battling their tails off. I'm super grateful for each and every one of them and they're just starting to get better."

(On if he knew after going over the game plan that there was going to be as many deep ball attempts as there were tonight.) "Yeah, it was something we wanted to do. Looking back to the year so far, we've been good at them. Our receivers have been great running them, getting separation. It's something we feel good about."

(On being used to playing on wet fields) "Yeah between there [at Washington State] and Friday Night Lights in Mississippi, it's gets a little soggy. You just got to make the best of it sometimes and I thought our guys caught the ball well, protected the ball, and that's really all you can ask for in a wet game like that."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On the game being a regular game) "No, it was a prime time game since it is Thursday and game nights like these are prime time games. It was a little bit more amped up out there on the field and in the stadium."

(On what Minshew II means to them team) "He came in and played his role. He came in the game and did a good job on the field. He was amped up and led the team to a nice victory."

(On after week 1 defensive performance) "This defense has always been elite, the guys on this team are talented, and we put in work on the field. We see the defense worked hard today and got 9 sacks in tonight's game, so I say we stepped up to the plate when we needed too. I was excited out there with them and be able to get a good win."

JAGUARS DL Calais Campbell

Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On Gardner Minshew II's performance in tonight's game) "It has been impressive watching him play the game and make good decisions out there on the field. What he did today was incredible. There were so many opportunities we did not capitalize off of, so we have more work to do. Overall we played good enough to win tonight's game."

(On Jalen Ramsey's situation) "If something happens, then it's going to happen. I have no control on what happens to him. I feel like when he is on the team we are a whole lot better but I trust whatever happens and hope we can be the best we can be."

(On the defensive line getting 9.0 sacks.) "We did a good job tackling well. Giving ourselves opportunities, we got early points. Gardner [Minshew II] played great especially early in the game getting us an early fourteen."

(On how he felt about the win week 3.) "This is a division game at home. We were 0-1 in the division and 0-2 on the season. This was a game that was very important. We played with a sense of urgency, we played like it was important and it showed. This is a demeanor we have to have at all times."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On the improvement of the defense) "We did not get the shutout like we wanted, but we played good ball. We have to finish stronger, our d-line did a good job and our guys in the back did a good job also and we just played complimentary football."

(On the energy in the room with Jalen Ramsey's situation) "I don't know what's going to happen, but he told us he is out there on the field rocking with us. We knew it was going to be a different type of energy in the stadium with the fans but he maintained his focus and stayed with us.

(On what Jalen told him at the end of the game) "He told me, 'We will see what happens and just keep rocking until then,' so we do not know what is going to happen. Jalen is more than a teammate to me, he is also like a brother to me on and off the field."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On the lack of mistakes from QB Gardner Minshew II) "I'm not going to put any bad juice on my dude. He comes in and he plays, everybody makes mistakes, but he's coming in putting in the work. Everybody on this team is putting in the work and it's showing. We have a lot of confidence in him. He is definitely holding it down, and a lot of people are surprised, but we weren't because we know the type of character he has and the way he works."

(On his biggest difference between this year versus last year) "I think it's experience, and knowing what to expect from a mental standpoint. Knowing defenses, knowing the offense, knowing how to prepare and how to take care of my body compared to last year, where I was just waking up, going to practice and going home. But now, it's a method behind everything and I realize that. I think that's been helping me out a lot."

(On Gardner Minshew II's performance in the victory) "I love him. He gets out there, he puts in the work. He goes through his reads. I think that's the biggest thing; a lot of quarterbacks don't go through their reads. They lock in on a guy, but he's very smart. Like I always point back to, he has Nick [Foles] in the room with him; he's a genius when you have a guy like that. And you have a team that's surrounding you and trying to uplift you. I think he's going to continue to do big things."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On his performance in tonight's game) "I had a real good performance in tonight's game. My task on the field was to show up and protect the quarterback and Gardner [Minshew II] made a lot of plays out there on the field."

(On protecting the rookie QB as a rookie himself) "Gardner is a very great quarterback for us and with both of us being rookies we are just trying to help the team win games and that's why the Jaguars brought us to the team. We are just trying to give the team our all and work hard out there on the field."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

(On the defensive line as a whole.) "Only thing I can say is elite greatness. I don't even want to talk about myself. I'm talking about my guys, Calais [Campbell] , Abry [Jones], Josh Allen just dogs all around the defensive line. I don't feel like we have any starters, I feel like our whole defensive line are starters and everybody can fill in and come in and make plays."

(On the defensive production.) "It feels great. A lot of guys came up to me saying I was setting guys up with chips and things of that nature. That just goes to show you the type of talent we have, guys that can make plays. When somebody gets doubled another guy has to step up and that's what the guy does."

(On if 'Sacksonville' is back) "What you think? That's all I want to know. Sacksonville's back baby! It's back!"