When asked about the problems the Ravens defense can create and why their secondary is always so good, Marrone had no shortage of praise for his opponent.
“They’ve always been good in the secondary,” Marrone said. “They’ve always done a good job up front. I think if you look from 2000 on, it’s pretty much been the same ... they are always very physical, they are always very aggressive, they are always getting their hands on footballs.”
“I think there’s a lot of good players on that defense. I just mentioned [Suggs] because I’m waiting for him to retire. Every time we play against him he’s always had key plays, he’s always wreaked havoc, and I think as a coach when you go and play a lot of teams and you have great players like I believe Suggs is, they always put that in memory. I can remember him beating us when we were in New York when I was with the Jets. I just always remember him, and every time when the rosters pop up every year you are like, ‘gosh, this guy is not slowing down’ because he’s not. He’s really not slowing down. He’s played a long time, and he’s a heck of a football player.”
And quarterback Blake Bortles knows that Suggs is a guy he’ll have to keep his eye on.
“He is a guy that has done it for a long time,” Bortles said after practice on Wednesday. “He has been around for a while and he has played at a high level for a really long time. For the most part, you have an idea of where he is going to be. He doesn’t move around a ton. He plays on the one side and stays there for a lot of the time, but he is a guy you have to pay attention to because he can move around and go different places and you have to be careful of him.”
But it’s not just Suggs who has Marrone up at night trying to figure out what his Jaguars offense can do against this Ravens defense.
“Brandon Williams is a heck of football player, the nose [tackle] now is playing extremely well, [C.J.] Mosely is an outstanding, maybe one of the best, inside linebackers,” Marrone said. “Like I said, [Brandon] Carr and [Jimmy] Smith on the outside, you know both those guys are good veteran corners, probably the best corners we’ve faced to date right now. [Eric] Weddle, you talk about probably one of the smartest football players that can read things and react. They have a lot of good football players on that football team, so my reference to Suggs wasn’t a knock on everyone else. He’s just the one familiar face from when I first came into the league that is still there.”
The Jaguars will host the Ravens in their Week 3 matchup on Sunday at 9:30am EST in London at Wembley Stadium.