Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was recently on The Meatlocker Podcast hosted by Ron Jaworski, Brian Baldinger, and Anthony Gargano and asked about a number of things — Leonard Fournette, Blake Bortles, his philosophy on offense, and more — and while most of what he said isn’t much of a surprise to any of us it’s still interesting to see that Marrone is unapologetic about the imbalance of the run vs. pass and how confident he is in his rookie running back.
“I want to punch them in the mouth and run the football. The greatest feeling is when you run the ball down someone’s throat. One time I asked a Pro Bowler why do you continue to play? He answered because the greatest part of this game is to compete against someone and break their will ... We are going to design things throughout the week and expect Blake to make the plays based on that preparation. Blake doesn't have to make every single play and force everything. We have guys around here who can take pressure off him.”
And when asked about Fournette, the Jaguars head coach couldn’t be more complimentary:
“I talked to a lot of people and have a good relationship with Coach Wilson who recruited him at LSU. I saw someone who was a hard worker and was physical. Fournette loves football and there is a confidence about him and a drive to win. Football is fun for him. He catches the ball better then advertised. There is nothing we have asked of him where he has shown that he can't produce.”
You can hear the entire interview on The Meatlocker Podcast here.