With Hurricane Dorian still churning in the Atlantic Ocean, the Jacksonville Jaguars made changes to their preparation for Week 1 of the NFL season.
The recent news of Hurricane Dorian and its path have forced the Jacksonville Jaguars to make changes to their preparation for this week ahead of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Per Jaguars.com, “The Jaguars practiced Monday and will not practice Tuesday or Wednesday. They are scheduled to return to practice Thursday – weather and safety permitting.“The normal schedule is a players’ day off Tuesday with practice Wednesday and Thursday.”"
The first thing on everyone’s mind of the safety of the players and the organization, which head coach Doug Marrone discussed on Monday when he met with the media.
"“We have a plan in place, and we’re going to go ahead and execute it,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said Monday morning. “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone to make sure everyone’s safe and everyone has a plan. That’s what we’ve been working on with our players.“That’s been the biggest thing we’ve been dealing with, making sure of the safety of everyone involved.”"
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The plan right now is for the players to return to TIAA Bank Field on Thursday if weather permits. There are no plans to make changes to the game for Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
"As of 10 am this morning, per news4jax.com, “Despite a shift in Hurricane Dorian’s predicted path that now has the cone of concern moving just off the Jacksonville coast, the threat is still very real as Hurricane Warnings for the Florida coast have been extended north to Ponte Vedra Beach.”"
The Jaguars play football just north of the banks of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville.
Marrone said the team is watching what is happening and planning for practice with the weather in mind. They do have plans in place if they must alter their practice schedule, which may also involve getting in touch with the league office to potentially move practice away from Jacksonville.
"“People who have been through this before know things can change, and you have to be ready,” Marrone said. “A lot of things can change, and we have to be ready for it. And we will be. The first thing was to make sure everyone’s safe and have a plan. Once we know everyone’s safe and has a plan in what they’re doing, then I think we just take things as they come.”"
Hurricane Dorian has slowed down and dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas and is expected to move away in a northern direction toward the state of Florida.
“The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Friday,” NOAA forecasters wrote.
While the football game is still five days away, the main concern is for the safety of the Jaguars staff, players and their families. Marrone also reiterated that the majority of the game plan is in place for the Jaguars when they face Chiefs.
We here at Black and Teal will continue to monitor the path of the hurricane and will update this story as needed.