This could be the last game the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff works together as the rumors of change continue to circle around TIAA Bank Field.
If you listen to the Jaguars coaching staff, this week’s preparation for the game on Sunday has been the main focus within the building at TIAA Bank Field. Anything else has been a side note as the players and coaches prepare for the final game of the 2019 season.
“We’ve got our head down, and we go,” defensive coordinator Todd Wash said on Thursday when he answered questions from the media after practice.
This past week has been eventful, full of conversation of potential changes within the organization from the front office to the coaching staff and potentially with the roster after the season. None of that matters for the time being as the Colts present another challenge – the final one of this 5-10 season.
There could be a lot of change within the building the Monday after the game, where there is speculation the coaching staff and head coach Doug Marrone will exit.
“Observers in recent weeks have speculated about the professional futures of not only Marrone, but General Manager David Caldwell. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan last week relieved Tom Coughlin of his duties as Executive Vice President of Football Operations, saying at the time that Caldwell and Marrone each would report to him directly on an interim basis,” John Oehser of Jaguars.com wrote.
Marrone has been the center of attention for most of the season as he has been the face of this franchise, answering questions about the team, the coaching staff, the front office, and problems that have existed with off-field issues. He, Wash and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo were all asked this week about job security and the team’s success and failure in 2019.
“I talk to our players all the time about professionalism, and that’s professionalism as a coach as well,” DeFilippo, in his first season as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, said. “You have to have that mental toughness to forge ahead.
“If it was something like a play call, that I had control over, I would probably worry about it a lot more. But I don’t have any control over those things. We talk to our players about controlling the controllables all the time. You have to practice what you preach as well.”
DeFilippo was brought in this offseason to work with the Jaguars and newly signed free agent quarterback Nick Foles. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was injured the majority of 2019 and when he was on the field, he showed an inability to move the offense downfield.
Wash has been with the Jaguars for seven seasons. His defensive scheme has been much maligned this year. Despite being seventh in the league in sacks, the unit is one of the worst in the league,
“Whatever happens, happens,” Wash said. “We’re good with it. I think we did a nice job with our players. They’re playing hard. I think that’s a credit to the character that they have. We’ll let the chips fall where they may at the end of the year.”
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