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JACKSONVILLE Myles Jack Color Rush Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone insists he was following the strategy chart, calling for a 2-point conversion after a fourth-down touchdown run in the final seconds of a lopsided game.Yeah, right.Marrone’s message to the New York Jets — the team that snubbed him for its head coaching job in January 2015 — was loud and clear Sunday.“He doesn’t like those guys,” Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson said following the 31-12 victory . “I don’t know what they did to him, but he doesn’t like them.”Marrone said he had no hidden agenda or extra motivation, which was hard to believe considering he took a subtle shot at Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson in late August.What Marrone did to the Jets (1-3) seemed somewhat similar.“I think it’s really disrespectful,” Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. “The game’s already over. They already have the game in the bag. All they could have done is run the clock out at that point. At the same time, I think it’s up to us to gain that respect from other teams.“If teams are disrespecting us, it must say something about us. I took it really personal. And I didn’t like it at all.”The Jaguars (3-1) led 25-12 with about 30 seconds remaining when Marrone called for the offense to stay on the field for a fourth-and-1 play at the goal line. Jacksonville could have taken a knee or kicked a field goal.Instead, T.J. Yeldon got the ball and scored .Up 19 points, Marrone then opted for a 2-point conversion try.“We had a lot of guys banged up for the PAT/field goal Abry Jones Jersey , and on the chart it just said 19, you know what I’m saying?” Marrone said. “On the chart, it says go for two. I’m one of those guys I never try to take anything for granted in an NFL game. Try to keep working those mechanics and doing it, so just went for two.”Sure you weren’t sending a message, coach?“We’re not good enough to send a message right now,” Marrone said.The Jets said all the right things afterward.“That’s just what they felt they wanted to do,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “Whether it’s a statement or not, we’ll never know. But we won’t forget.”The Jaguars outgained the Jets 503-178, the second time in quarterback Blake Bortles‘ five-year career they topped 500 yards.The defense finished with three sacks and nearly had three interceptions against rookie Sam Darnold. The unit also allowed a combined 26 yards rushing to New York’s 1-2 punch of Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell.It was a dominant performance all around.It wasn’t good enough for Marrone apparently.“I just work here,” Bortles said when asked if he was surprised to see the Jags go for two.Some believed Marrone was getting payback for safety Jamal Adams slamming receiver Dede Westbrook to the ground late in the game. Adams was flagged for unnecessary roughness.“It kind of upset me because, at the end of the day https://www.jaguarsfanstore.com/Yannick-Ngakoue-Jersey , the whistle blew,” Westbrook said. “That’s not cool. I’ve got a family to feed just as well as you do. And anything that’s done after the whistle, it’s unnecessary. Of course I wasn’t happy with that.”But others thought it was all about Marrone’s harsh feelings toward the Jets, who interviewed him to replace Rex Ryan and then decided to hire Todd Bowles. Marrone had reportedly left his head coaching job with Buffalo to join the Jets.Marrone landed in Jacksonville as the team’s offensive coordinator, spent two years in that role and then got the head coaching job to replace Gus Bradley.Marrone improved to 15-8 with Jacksonville.Bowles fell to 21-31 with the Jets, who might now have something to carry with them into their next game against Jacksonville.“It’s football,” Jenkins said. “When you’re up, you can do what you want with the ball.” JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette shadowed offensive coordinator John DeFilippo during Jacksonville’s first two preseason games.Fournette wore a headset, listened to every play call and then chatted with “Flip” and his fellow running backs between series. The former LSU star was as involved as he could be from the sideline.It was a stark contrast to how Fournette ended last season: sitting on the bench, withdrawn from teammates and unconcerned with anything happening in the game. Personnel chief Tom Coughlin even ripped Fournette afterward Carson Tinker Color Rush Jersey , calling him “disrespectful” and “selfish.”Fournette insists he’s made professional progress since. The Jaguars are hesitant to agree.“We are going to see,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I don’t want to jump ahead of myself, but I don’t want to disregard the work.”Ultimately, Fournette’s growth will be determined by how he performs on and off the field. What he does will go a long way toward determining whether the Jaguars remain at the bottom of the AFC South or return to being conference contenders.“He’s going to be a major reason for where our offense goes,” DeFilippo said. “I’m not going to sugarcoat that. Leonard Fournette needs to be a big part of this offense.”Fournette missed seven full games and half of two others with hamstring and foot injuries. He was suspended for another after coming off the bench and punching Buffalo defensive lineman Shaq Lawson.The team responded by voiding the remaining guarantees in his rookie contract. He also was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape down the stretch. He finished with 439 yards rushing and five touchdowns.“Anything is better than last year, most definitely,” said Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.Jacksonville completely revamped its running backs room around Fournette, firing position coach Tyrone Wheatley and parting with backups T.J. Yeldon, Carlos Hyde and Corey Grant.Marrone hired 64-year-old Terry Robiskie DJ Chark Jersey , who, like Fournette, was born and raised in New Orleans and attended LSU, as running backs coach. They then added veteran Alfred Blue (another LSU alum) to be Fournette’s backup.And even though Jacksonville signed quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to upgrade one of the NFL’s most anemic offenses, Fournette is still expected to be the centerpiece under DeFilippo.So far, so good. Fournette arrived at training camp in the best shape of his NFL career after spending part of the offseason training in Dallas, then working with his college strength and conditioning coach in Wyoming in hopes of getting back to his “foundation.”“I kind of put a lot on myself this offseason, like getting my body right,” Fournette said. “Just mentally coming back ready to play football. No distractions. Leaving the outside stuff where it’s at.”Here are some other things to know about the Jaguars as they enter the 2019 season:HEALTHY O-LINE?Jacksonville’s offensive line was its biggest mess last season, with left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell and center Brandon Linder ending up on injured reserve and missing a combined 26 games.All three are healthy now https://www.jaguarsfanstore.com/Dede-Westbrook-Jersey , but it remains to be seen whether they can stay on field and return to their 2017 form. The Jags led the league in rushing (141.4 ypg) and ranked third in sacks allowed (24) that season and then dropped to 19th in rushing (107.7) and 29th in sacks (53) a year later.DEFENSIVE LOSSESThe Jaguars are counting on a rookie linebacker and two young safeties to remain one of the league’s best defenses. Jacksonville cut defensive tackle Malik Jackson and safety Tashaun Gipson to gain salary cap space and then lost linebacker Telvin Smith, who decided to walk away from football to “get my world in order” after leading the team in tackles each of the last two seasons.Rookie linebacker Quincy Williams, a third-round draft pick, and safeties Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson will try to fill the voids.GENTLER CAMPMarrone took a “smarter approach” to training camp and the preseason after last year’s slew of injuries. It was a complete about-face for an old-school coach who prefers to grind guys into the ground before the season. The goal is to have the team as healthy as possible when the season begins against Kansas City on Sept. 8.DAUNTING STARTFor a team playing a last-place schedule, Jacksonville didn’t get any early season breaks.The Jaguars open against the Chiefs (12-4) and then face Houston (11-5), Tennessee (9-7), Denver (6-10), Carolina (7-9) and New Orleans (13-3) in consecutive weeks. Those six teams combined to go 58-38 last season.

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