The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have a problem in the defensive linemen room — according to Dante Fowler.
Fowler was suspended for the last week for “conduct unbecoming of the team” after a shouting match with fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue following a heated practice that saw Fowler push tight end James O’Shaughnessy after he’d gone out of bounds.
But now that he’s back with the team, Fowler described the fight as a non-issue and said the position group is fine internally.
“After the incident happened, we came in the locker room and literally hugged and made up. It was really a pride standpoint because of how much we love each other. Things got a little antsy because that was my second day back out there. Just trying to set the tone, but I set it a little too much. We have to care for our teammates and look out for them. I love JO [James O’Shaughnessy] and he loves me, too. I love Yann [Yannick Ngakoue] and Malik [Jackson] and all those boys. You know it’s a team. We are brothers with egos. It will make sense, I feel, 10 years from now, but it doesn’t make sense now. Those are my brothers and I love them, honestly.”
“Aggressive play is good play; [that’s] what our coach would say. He would rather say ‘woah” than ‘sic them.’ We love playing with that edge. We love playing with that mentality. When you get disrespected or bullied around for so many years, but you’re the bad guy and you want to show that… I try to put that on tape every week.”
Bully the bullies, Jaguars.