JACKSONVILLE – Four takeaways from Head Coach Doug Marrone's next-day press conference a day after a 45-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at TIAA Bank Field Sunday …
1.Harrison to return, Chark "day-to-day." The Jaguars received good news regarding starting strong safety Ronnie Harrison Monday; the news regarding wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. was less certain. Harrison has been cleared from the concussion protocol after missing the last two games, and Marrone on Monday said Harrison is expected to return this week. Chark, the Jaguars' leading receiver, sustained an ankle injury against the Chargers and Marrone on Monday called Chark "week-to-week or day-to-day." Marrone said Chark was in a walking boot Monday. "He wants to play, which is always a great sign," Marrone said. "But again: I think we're going to just see how it goes." Marrone said linebacker Jake Ryan likely will be "out for a while" with a strained hamstring sustained Sunday and tight end Seth DeValve is expected to practice full Wednesday after missing four games with an oblique injury.
2.Injuries no excuse. The Chargers rushed for 195 yards Sunday, marking the fourth time in five weeks the Jaguars have allowed at least that many yards in the category. The Jaguars' run defense declined dramatically after defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was placed on injured reserve with a core-muscle injury shortly before a Week 8 victory over the Jets. The Jaguars also have played without starting middle linebacker Myles Jack and Harrison in recent weeks. "You wish you had all those guys back there on the field, and they're all good football players, but at the end of the day someone's got to step up and play," Marrone said. "As the head coach, it's my job to get those guys that we have ready to play on Sunday. I'm not going to make any excuses. Injuries are part of the game and something you have to be able to overcome as a team, and it's my responsibility."
3.Scheme not the issue … Marrone during Monday's conference call was asked multiple times if he believed the Jaguars had gotten "out-schemed" by the Chargers Sunday. He repeatedly said he did not believe that – and cited a 14-yard touchdown pass form Chargers backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor to tight end Virgil Green as the lone exception. "We're all in this trying to figure it out and get it right, because it really sucks," Marrone said. "I'm going to keep fighting and keep trying to lead this team. If we can make adjustments and do things, that's fine, but it seems the more we try to handle every single thing the more mistakes keep going up and the more that we might be overcoaching it. It's a tough balance of what we need to get done."
4. … and Marrone won't say there's a lack of talent. Marrone on Monday was asked about the point where he could consider the Jaguars' issues "lack of talent." His answer: "You'll never hear me say that talent is an issue for poor performance. It's my responsibility as the head coach to continue to push our coaches and push our players to improve on a daily basis. That's how I approach it. That's how I was raised. I'm going to keep fighting and keep working hard and just take it one day at a time. I've always believed this as a coach: If you sit around and you start saying, 'Well, it's a lack of this, or injuries, or talent …' what it does is, it doesn't pull you in the proper direction for my position. My position has to be standing up, telling you guys what's going on, giving you the insight to things. Pushing the coaches, pushing the players, and I've just never been that guy to really put it on anyone else. I've always believed that I can go ahead and lead, I can take this team where they can't take themselves. And for me, it's really hard because it's not happening, and whatever words we want to use – challenging, frustrating, pissed. It's all that. But at the same time, once I start to feel that, to give you guys some insight, my mind goes right back to, 'OK, listen, I'm not going to sit here and mope or make excuses. How am I going to take this feeling, and go out and try to get a coach better, or a player better, or some support staff better?' And that's what I try to keep my goals at if I feel my mind going in a different direction."