The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without a pair of key players in Week 11.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without cornerback C.J. Henderson and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. in Week 11. Their absence will definitely have an impact on the team, and it won’t be of the positive kind. Nevertheless, head coach Doug Marrone isn’t fretting and is embracing the challenge.
Marrone said in a recent sitdown with the local media that healthy or not, taking on the Pittsburg Steelers will be a challenge. He praised the job the Steelers coaching staff is doing and recognized how efficient their passing game is.
The Jaguars head coach also mentioned that D.J. Hayden is ready to take the field once again after missing the last five games, and added that rookies Josiah Scott and Luq Barcoo could have a role if Sidney Jones, who is listed as questionable with an Achilles injury, isn’t ready to go.
Jacksonville Jaguars HC Doug Marrone has correct mindset vs Steelers.
Marrone is right on this one. He can’t complain and say the sky is falling. Of course, the coaching staff isn’t happy Henderson and Shenault will out in Week 11, but what can realistically he do other than preparing without them?
Henderson’s absence will be a meaningful blow to the Jaguars’ cornerback group, but the team has options. Hayden struggled earlier this year but he played at a high level in 2019. Also, the team will have a chance to see what Josiah Scott can do on the field.
Although Sidney Jones could end up missing the game, it’s not a sure thing yet and there’s still a chance he suits up against the Steelers. On the other hand, there’s no point in pushing through injuries and running the risk of making things worse.
The Jaguars can’t ponder too much about their current situation. It would be great if Jones can play against the Steeles, but that’s not something the team has control over. Doug Marrone can’t do anything other than his squad in a position to succeed.