The Jaguars decision to trade Jalen Ramsey will have an effect on players, the coaching staff and the franchise moving forward.
It might have been the most telling statement made during the entire process of dealing with former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Doug Marrone, in as real a conversation the media could have with the team’s head coach, spoke the truth about answering questions he did not have answers for.
"“I know you guys are probably frustrated but you’re talking to a guy that has I would say a big job to get the players ready and we’re discussing something that has nothing to do with where my mind is right now, honestly. I just wish I could give you the insight and the answers that question needs to be answered. I don’t have that and I just wish we could get someone up here that can answer it for them, but, it’s me,” said."
It has been Marrone that has been at the forefront of this saga that ended Tuesday night, with only a few words offered by team owner Shad Khan and a prepared statement from executive vice-president of football operations, Tom Coughlin.
In the end, the Jaguars made mistakes in dealing with the Jalen Ramsey situation, just as Ramsey was at fault for using social media and other platforms to get his point across without trying to truly reconcile the impasse between player and organization. That is now in the past and the future is something the team must concentrate on.
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There are still players who are immediately affected by the move, most notable Tre Herndon, who has started the past three games in Ramsey’s place and is now officially the starter in the Jaguars lineup. He has played better of late, showing improvement in his coverage skills. The loss of Ramsey also leaves the door open for speculation the team will seek more help at the position in the future.
As the smoke clears, the team prepares for Cincinnati this week and the local and national media still sift through what took place the past 31 days, here are three Jaguars most affected by the trade that changes the look of the Jaguars defense.
A.J. Bouye – Of course, A.J. Bouye gets the most attention here as he played opposite Ramsey and has now become the team’s No. 1 cornerback. It’s a role Bouye has filled this season and done well at it. Ramsey may have been the topic of conversation, but the former free-agent signee has put together a really strong resume this season and should continue to do so.
Look for Bouye to get Pro Bowl consideration if he continues to lock down opposing receivers. Also, his leadership on the back end is more critical than ever if the Jaguars hope to remain a force in the secondary.
Todd Wash – Todd Wash has told the media over and over again this defense is prepared to play with Ramsey in the lineup and without Ramsey on the field. Now, how does his strategy change without having his best player on the field, permanently?
Wash may be the coach on this staff under the biggest microscope. He has been maligned for how his players have performed against Kansas City and Carolina. There is more good than bad with this unit, but there is also still plenty to work on. The secondary is young and inexperienced. How does Wash get the most out of this group and how can he get more pass rush to ease the transition to life without No. 20?
Yannick Ngakoue – We don’t know if contract negotiations between Yannick Ngakoue have continued this season, but what we do know if there is a chance to keep Ngakoue on the team and the Jaguars should do what they can to make that happen.
Before the season, the fourth-year pass rusher turned down a deal to keep No. 91 in black and teal on the roster in 2020. Money was an issue and remains one. Ngakoue has fought through injuries early in the season and Josh Allen, the rookie from Maryland, has shown he can handle the speed of the NFL.
Jacksonville needs both players on the roster in 2020. We shall see if the front office and Ngakoue’s agent makes this happen.