Earlier in the week former Jacksonville Jaguars beat writer Vito Stellino tweeted a few excerpts from Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s new book, Fearless. Vito tweeted a passage about the Jaguars, specifically how they handled going into the half against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
I think it’s fair criticism, and not really anything like a shot at Marrone or the Jaguars.
“I was there thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me right now,’” Pederson writes, via Vito Stellino on Twitter. “It made me mad because Jacksonville had New England right where they wanted them. I was screaming at the TV in my office. When they knelt right before halftime, inside I was like, ‘I’ll never do that.’ It fueled me. They could have least tried for a field goal. They took it out of their quarterback’s hands, and they didn’t give to their big back Leonard Fournette. I thought, ‘If they lose this game, this is why.’ Sure enough they would go on to lose the game.”
A lot of fans felt the same, though I didn’t really have an issue with how Marrone handled that particular part of the game. He played it safe and it came back to bite him.
Marrone was asked about Pederson’s comments in Tuesday press conference and had a pretty brilliant response.
“I got a couple text messages. Saying, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’ I’m just like, ‘Doug won a Super Bowl and Doug did a great job of coaching.’ I’m sure there is a long line of people that have the same questions or feelings,” Marrone said when asked about the comments. “It’s ‘what you are going to do?’ I read a book in the offseason by Mark Manson, number one best seller by the [New York] Times. Those things happen and that’s it. I respect the hell out of him and his team. He won a Super Bowl. We lost. When you lose you question everything. I don’t have a problem with it.”
The book that Marrone is referencing? It’s titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.