JACKSONVILLE – Four takeaways from Head Coach Doug Marrone's Monday conference call a day after the Jaguars' 28-11 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville…
1.The quarterback change was a team thing more than a Foles thing. Marrone on Monday announced that Gardner Minshew II will be the Jaguars' starting quarterback moving forward. He also reiterated what he said throughout his postgame press conference Sunday – that it wasn't just Nick Foles' play that prompted the change. "It's never really just the one position or one person," he said. Marrone said Monday Minshew's mobility played a major role in the decision, partly because of an offensive line that allowed five sacks Sunday but partly because the offense as whole hasn't performed well enough. "It's a team game," Marrone said. "You need people around him to do a good job. Right now, we all are not doing a good enough job. We're just trying to put the best guys out there to give us the best chance to win. It's tough when you're not doing a good enough job, starting with myself, to coaches and at times obviously the players. We've got to hang in there."
2.Marrone's not overly concerned about tensions. Marrone on Monday addressed multiple reports of player confrontations in Sunday's postgame locker room, saying such tensions aren't unexpected after four consecutive losses. "Our guys are battling," Marrone said. "I know people might have different views on it, but they're fighting hard and they're practicing hard; I see them every day. Obviously we're all frustrated. You have to channel that to being more productive and winning football games. In the sense that people are frustrated … if it gets to that point, there's part of you that says 'At least they damned care. At least they show that.' But there's another part of you that says, 'We've got to be smarter than that and channel that energy.' It's not going to be something that's going to spill over into anything else. Obviously, it's a 'we're-all-frustrated' moment."
3.Penalties remain a concern. A season-long trend continued Sunday with the Jaguars committing a season-high 16 penalties for 125 yards. Marrone on Monday focused on special teams penalties, false starts and multiple holding penalties. "We teach, 'Hey, there will be times you get your hands outside,''' Marrone said of the Jaguars' three holding penalties Sunday. "But you've got to get them back inside quickly. You can't just leave them out there. We keep focusing on it. We keep talking about it. There's really not much we can do, meaning other players to go to who can play at a level we need to play at." The Jaguars have been penalized a league-high 105 times this season and trail only Cleveland in penalty yards against with 918. "It's something that's hurting this football team," Marrone said. "It's an area where we're not doing a good enough job. The analytics don't show penalties winning and losing games, but I can tell you firsthand it's hurting us from winning games, no doubt about it."
4.A solid performance from Payne. Jaguars third-year linebacker Donald Payne made his first NFL start Sunday, leading the team with 13 tackles and showing little visible drop-off from starter Myles Jack. Marrone on Monday also praised Payne's ability to call the defense, and to handle defensive calls from the sideline via the helmet-to-sideline communication device. Jack usually handles those responsibilities. "I give Don a lot of credit," Marrone said. "He only missed one snap. He was battling his butt off. He prepared all week and it showed. I thought he did a good job, especially with the green dot [helmet device] and communication, which is equally important. He did a nice job. He really stepped up."