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Doug Marrone explains going for 2-point conversion vs. Jets

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The Jacksonville Jaguars led the New York Jets by a score of 31-12 with just 25 seconds left to play in the game. T.J. Yeldon had just scored a garbage time touchdown and when Josh Lambo stayed on the sidelines it was a little surprising.

Instead, the offense stayed on the field for a two-point conversion attempt. They failed, but it begged the question — why was Doug Marrone going for two in that situation? The game was won. The Jets quite literally didn’t have enough time to run the length of the field three times for touchdowns each time.

When Marrone was asked, he said it was because of the chart, an easy way to reference in-game what a team should do after scoring depending on what the score differential was.

“We had a lot of guys banged up on the PAT and field goal [unit]. On the chart it just said 19. On the chart it said go for two. I’m one of those guys, I never try to take anything for granted in an NFL game, try to keep going of working the mechanics and doing it, so we just went for two.”

It’s an easy explanation and a believable one. Marrone is a creature of habit but he also knows that NFL games can get wildly out of hand. Better to be thought of as a jerk than be the guy who sets the NFL record for allowing the wildest, most improbable comeback ever, right?

According to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco, Marrone has some ill will towards that Jets franchise and did not want to let his foot up off the gas.

“He doesn’t like those guys,” Jackson said. “I don’t know what they did to him, but he doesn’t like them.”

If that’s the case, then it might stem from what happened at the end of the 2014 NFL season and the first month of 2015. Marrone had just finished his second season as coach of the Buffalo Bills when he exercised a clause in his contract and opted out of the final two seasons on Jan. 1, 2015.

Two days later he interviewed for the head-coaching job with the Jets, where he had spent four seasons (2002-05) as the offensive line coach. On the same day a story in the New York Daily News was critical of how Marrone conducted himself with the Bills. Various anonymous sources criticized the way he treated players, coaches, staffers and other people inside the organization. In addition, a former assistant coach under Marrone at Syracuse ripped him publicly on the radio.

Marrone did not get the Jets job. Instead it went to Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who is 21-31 in three-plus seasons.

But whatever you think, one thing is for certain — you can’t put this one on Blake Bortles.

What do you think? Was Marrone running up the score or was he just treating it like any other score, regardless of how much time was left on the clock? Let us know in the comments below!


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