Head Coach Doug Marrone said as much moments after the Jaguars’ 20-3 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium Sunday afternoon – and moments after learning he, General Manager David Caldwell and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin will return for 2019.
“There are going to be obviously a lot of decisions to be made,” Marrone said. My issue right now is I’ve got to get this game out of my system before I can comment on anything else.
Khan in a statement said he informed Coughlin last week that Coughlin would return, and that he told Coughlin he preferred as much stability “as reasonable or possible.” Khan said the decision regarding Caldwell and Marrone was Coughlin’s.
“It’s an honor and a privilege and one I totally understand, but it’s one that I have to earn every day,” Marrone said. I feel fortunate because you’re judged on wins and losses, and obviously I didn’t deliver that this year.
I’m also confident that I will be able to turn it around.
It makes me feel good that they have the confidence in me also.” “Right now, I don’t have any expectations because there’s a lot going on,” Marrone said. If someone’s going to ask me about decisions, I’m not even close to thinking about that because all my effort has been on trying to win damned football games.” Marrone on Sunday addressed the team’s offense, a unit that struggled over the season’s final weeks – struggles that culminated in a 119-yard, six-first-down performance Sunday.
“Once we get all this stuff done and we’re able to take a step back and get the emotion done … The offense was hit hard by injuries, with four Week 1 offensive line starters finishing the season on injured reserve.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) missed the entire season, and tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins (core muscle) and running back Corey Grant (foot) missed the last 11 games.
Running back Leonard Fournette missed his seventh game of the season Sunday. I just think it’s been disappointing for all of us.
“I don’t want to fall into the trap with the injury thing,” Marrone said. We’ll have to take a good look and see where we’re at.” Marrone, asked his confidence level in quarterback Blake Bortles, added: “Right now, I can’t say I’m very confident in anything from an offensive standpoint.” Bortles called the offense “an uphill battle with some injuries and things like that.” Bortles added, “It’s one of them years. You have to do what you can to try to cover for it.
It kept happening to the point we were unable to do anything.” Bortles on Sunday was asked if he believed he had played his final game with the Jaguars.
While he signed a three-year contract last offseason, he was replaced by Cody Kessler as the starter in Weeks 13-16 before starting Sunday after Kessler was ineffective. “If I did [play his final game with the team Sunday], then it is what it is.