JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone’s message Wednesday was expected and clear.
The Jaguars’ head coach on Wednesday told the media what he said he told the players in a team meeting that morning. He covered many areas with a single theme:
A lot must get a lot better in a hurry.
“We have to coach better, and we have to play better,” Marrone said Wednesday as the Jaguars (4-6) began preparing to play the Tennessee Titans (5-5) in an AFC South game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
“We understand that. We’re upset. It’s not good enough. It starts with me.”
Marrone also had a “moving-forward” message for a team that has lost back-to-back division games by a cumulative 59-16.
“We’re going to fight our way out,” Marrone said. “Like I told the players: ‘Take all that [hacked] off, which everyone should be, and don’t make it combative, but we have to be competitive. We have to play well. We have to have a lot of energy and we have to practice well.’”
Marrone toward that end said he will alter the practice schedule this week, reducing the seven-on-seven period to expand focus on technical tackling. The Jaguars have allowed 480 yards rushing in the last two games, allowing 216 rushing yards in a 26-3 loss to the Houston Texans and 264 rushing yards in a 33-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday.
“I added a little bit of time and took some time away from other things that I think we’re doing OK so we can obviously get that stuff done and make it a point of emphasis,” Marrone said, adding that the emphasis will be on technical aspects of tackling because of limitations on how much contact NFL teams can have during regular-season practices.
Marrone while speaking to the media Wednesday said he did not consider coaching changes after Sunday’s loss, and he said the run-defense issues are a matter of many areas needing to play and tackle better.
“It’s not just one group, one unit,” Marrone said. “We all have to do that better.”
Marrone also reiterated what he said Monday – that the team will try to get rookie Josh Allen on the field more. Allen, who leads the Jaguars with eight sacks while having played mostly in passing/nickel situations through 10 games, played just over half of the defensive snaps Sunday.
“We’ll try to get him on the field more – and just make sure his production stays where it is,” Marrone said, adding that rookie linebacker Quincy Williams also could be more involved.
Also Wednesday, the Jaguars listed three players as not being expected to practice Wednesday: defensive end Calais Campbell (back), center Brandon Linder (shoulder) and tight end Seth DeValve (oblique). Campbell and Linder are typically limited or held out Wednesday practice, and DeValve missed this past Sunday’s loss to the Colts with his injury.
Five players were listed as likely to practice limited: wide receivers DJ Chark Jr. (hamstring) and Chris Conley (hamstring), cornerback D.J. Hayden (hip/wrist), safety Ronnie Harrison (eye) and left tackle Cam Robinson (knee).