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Doug Marrone explains Blake Bortles’ two interceptions vs. Falcons

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Bortles had a statistically good night against the Atlanta Falcons, completing nearly 75 percent of his passes and getting 8.9 yards per attempt. But two interceptions will stand out like a sore thumb until the Jacksonville Jaguars get to their regular season opener.

Twitter analysts and armchair quarterbacks (including myself) have opined ad nauseum about who was to blame and how bad the picks looked. What did head coach Doug Marrone have to say about the interceptions?

Interception #1

“The first one we ran a crossing pattern and then really the guy dropped the coverage off and switched it and then the guy tipped it and we got a pick ... The guy dropped the coverage. They had an extra guy on the crossing route. He was running with them and he just dropped it to the next defender and the guy was able to get his hand on the ball.”

Interception #2

“The second one we had an uncovered receiver early on in the same type of set, but we came back with a different play call, had a guy uncovered and we try to get him the ball vertically and he falls off the go route, which is something we’ve got to do a better job of coaching, and we will. That’s more on us ... We were in a formation, and they didn’t cover Dede [Westbrook] on it so we come back down and change the play call, same formation, and he sees him uncovered so he tries to go to him, but we’ve got a go route and the guy drops a go route and picks the ball off. We’ve got to do a better job on that one. If we can do a better job on that one then we can be solid.”