JACKSONVILLE – The idea is to not overreact.
When it comes to a sideline incident involving cornerback Jalen Ramsey Sunday, Head Coach Doug Marrone on Monday said that will be the team’s approach.
“These things happen,” Marrone said a day after a 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday. “They happen all the time; they really do.
“I think now they’re a little bit more publicized, but ever since I played there’s always stuff that goes on during the course of a game. Those things occur.”
Marrone was referencing an incident in the first quarter Sunday in which Marrone and Ramsey had words as Ramsey approached the Jaguars’ bench. This came after Ramsey became upset with Marrone for not challenging a reception by Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins that Ramsey believed should have been ruled incomplete.
Ramsey shrugged Marrone away as he came to the sideline after the series, and Marrone approached Ramsey shortly thereafter near the bench. Safety Ronnie Harrison shielded Marrone from Ramsey, after which the incident ended.
Ramsey declined to speak to the media after the game.
“He felt that the ball was on the ground and wanted us to throw the challenge flag,” Marrone said. “We have a process what we do with the challenge flag. He was upset about it. That’s exactly what happened.”
Marrone said the team did not plan to discipline Ramsey. Hopkins on Sunday caught five passes for 40 yards, with just two of those receptions coming with Ramsey covering him.
“It’s a high-intensity profession,” Marrone said. “There’s a lot of emotion that goes on. … They [players] are playing a game. They’re locked in. We had a lot of intensity in that game. We knew it was going to be a tough game. It was going to be on the road. We wanted to match that intensity. … We were all jacked up.
“The one thing I do understand is when you’re on that field it’s a high level. You work your butt off to get on that field and certain players have certain matchups. Jalen’s always in that matchup. … You’re going against marquee players, and you’re in this matchup.
“All week long this thing is building up. There is a ton of emotion. … Every little thing is tough. The anxiety level is extremely high, higher than anything you ever do in your life. Those things happen. You have to sit down. You have to work with the player. You have to get everyone to take a deep breath and let’s move forward.”
Marrone said the Jaguars’ challenge system is based solely on coaches monitoring the game in the press box, and that players and coaches on the sideline do not influence his decision on when to challenge a call.
“I just wanted to make sure we could confirm it was [incomplete],” Marrone said. “If it’s confirmed, then I’m going to throw it [the challenge flag]. But it’s tough. … You can lose a lot of timeouts and lose a lot of challenges.”
Former NFL official and current CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore said during Sunday’s broadcast the call likely would not have been overturned.
“It’s a tough call,” Marrone said.
Sunday’s incident involving Ramsey came a week after linebacker Myles Jack was ejected from a Week 1 loss to Kansas City for throwing a punch in the first half. Harrison in the second half of that game was penalized for taunting.
“The concern is, ‘Hey, we’ve got to take a deep breath and go play,’’’ Marrone said. “You don’t want to sit there as a coach and say, ‘We don’t want to be that intense.’ We just want to be smart about it. We want to be able to channel it. If something doesn’t go our way, if we don’t get the call we want or if we have a mistake, you’ve got to take a step back, take a deep breath and go out there.
“Is it concerning, that you’re pushing and you’re getting upset and it’s leading to penalties and hurting the team? Absolutely we’ve got to correct that.”