JACKSONVILLE – Four takeaways from Jaguars HC Doug Marrone's Monday conference call a day after a 42-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
1.Foles will remain the quarterback. Marrone on Monday reiterated what he said late Sunday afternoon in Nashville – that Nick Foles will remain the starting quarterback, and that he has no plans to return to rookie Gardner Minshew II. Minshew went 4-4 as a starter when Foles was out earlier this season with a broken clavicle. Foles has started the last two games, with the Jaguars losing to Indianapolis 33-13 a week ago before Sunday's loss in Nashville. "With the quarterback position, I look at it as, 'Right now, I believe he gives us the best chance to win,''' Marrone said. "I evaluate it like everyone else and I try to treat that position (quarterback) the same. … If the person at that position – or any position – is not going to give us the best chance to win, then I'm going to make a change at that position. I've held true to that and that's my call. I'm not going to put someone out there who I don't feel is going to give us the best chance to win if I have that opportunity to put someone else in there. Right now, I believe he gives us the best chance to win."
2.Belief in Richardson remains strong. Marrone on Monday emphasized that Sunday's decision to de-activate guard Will Richardson Jr. was about managing the roster rather than Richardson's play. Richardson, a second-year veteran who rotated with A.J. Cann at right guard in the first 10 games, was inactive Sunday for the first time this season. Marrone said the decision was because the Jaguars wanted to get defensive tackle Dontavius Russell active as the team tried to solve its recent run-defense issue. "We wanted to put emphasis on stopping the run see if Russell could be a factor in helping us in the run game," Marrone said. Because left tackle Cam Robinson had been limited with a knee injury during the week, Marrone said the Jaguars wanted left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi active as the swing tackle. "In a perfect world, I'd much rather have Will up there (active) and we'd keep doing what we're doing (platooning at right guard)," Marrone said.
3.Defensive consistency elusive … Marrone unsurprisingly spent a lot of time Monday discussing a run defense that has allowed more than 200 yards rushing in three consecutive games. Marrone emphasized that he has no plans to dismiss defensive coordinator Todd Wash, and said the key remains consistency. The Jaguars have 699 yards rushing in the three-game stretch, with 434 of those yards coming in the second half. "When you look at the past three weeks, it's like a tale of two tapes," Marrone said. "You look at the first half of these games and there's more consistency. We're doing a better job. The games are close. Then in the second half, we become less consistent. If it was one player, you can replace. If it was a coach not doing his job, obviously you can replace. But talking with the team and showing the team everything, it's on all of us. Does it take a toll? It does, but if you don't put that energy toward somewhere and you just start feeling sorry for yourself, you're not going to be able to overcome it."
4…. but the search will continue. Marrone talked extensively Monday about the need for the Jaguars to continue to work and battle their way out of a three-game losing streak, saying "You've got to stay focused on the task at hand and fight your way out of it; any other way you go about it, it's not going to work." Marrone said the staff will continue to search for answers against the run. "The challenge is you have the players that you have, you have the coaches you have," Marrone said. "You just have to find a way." Marrone said in addition to activating Russell, the team also employed a different defensive front against Tennessee. The Jaguars also moved rookie linebacker Quincy Williams back into the starting lineup after a five-game absence, in addition to designing schemes to allow linebackers to play "more downhill." "There were times those plays were effective, and there were times we didn't do as good a job as we should," Marrone said. "We've committed as many people as you can to the box. We're looking at it. We're talking about. We're going to see who's available from an injury standpoint. Once we know who's going to be available, then we can start seeing what we can do to help ourselves with a different challenge this week."