JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone understands reality.
The Jaguars' head coach understands this, too: With the playoffs now improbable, there will be questions about motivation – and what the end of the season means.
His thoughts on the issues Wednesday centered on a central theme.
"It's really your resume that's out there; you're all professionals and you've got out there and play well," he said.
That was Marrone's message Wednesday morning as the Jaguars (4-8) prepared to play the Los Angeles Chargers (4-8) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. – that with postseason hopes decidedly distant, professionalism and pride must remain at the fore.
He also reiterated what he has said throughout the Jaguars' four-game losing streak – that he and the coaches must improve, and that players continue to prepare well.
"My job is to win football games," Marrone said. "Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed in the job that I've done. I'm extremely disappointed to let down the fans, as I've said before – sponsors, ownership, the rest of the building …
"But the players have been fighting, focused, practicing well. We just have to figure out a way to win games and get a good taste back in your mouth. It's such a bad taste when things are going the way they are right now."
Referencing the end of the season, Marrone said: "You can't control what's going to happen afterward, but you can control everything while you're here. I'm trying to make sure we have a clear vision of what we have to do, and that we have a clear goal in what we want to accomplish and be able to stand up and motivate and lead the coaches and this team every day. In life, there's going to be stuff like this that happens; you better deal with it the right way or we'll put somebody else in there."
Marrone said another message to the team Wednesday involved not repeating mistakes. The Jaguars are the NFL's most-penalized team, having committed a season-high 16 against the Buccaneers Sunday.
"In order to be successful in anything you do, you can't make the same mistake twice," Marrone said. "You have to learn from it, and you have to go. I've seen us learn and then go backwards, learn and then go backwards. It's one thing after another and that's the same with us and coaches.
"That's my job. That's where I haven't done a good job. It's my job to make sure we're a hell of a lot more consistent than we've been."
Also around the Jaguars Wednesday:
*Safety Ronnie Harrison (concussion), middle linebacker Myles Jack (knee) and tight end Seth DeValve (oblique) all were expected to miss practice; Harrison and Jack both missed a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday and DeValve has missed the last three games.
*Wide receiver Dede Westbrook was expected to miss practice with a personal issue while center Brandon Linder (knee) and defensive end Calais Campbell (back) were also expected to miss practice as is often the case for the veteran duo on Wednesdays during the regular season. …
*The following six players were expected to practice limited Wednesday: wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. (back), wide receiver Chris Conley (ankle), cornerback A.J. Bouye (calf), cornerback D.J. Hayden (neck), cornerback Tre Herndon (shoulder) and linebacker Donald Payne (ankle). …