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Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone: ‘We will not be a dumb football team’

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Jacksonville Jaguars v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost in embarrassing fashion to the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason opener on Thursday night.

65 passing yards.

Only one player finished with more than six receiving yards.

One sack and three tackles for a loss all night.

Zero points.

Tanner Lee.

But when head coach Doug Marrone met with the media shortly after the game, his opening thought was about something even more frustrating — penalties.

The Jaguars finished with 10 penalties that gifted the Ravens 109 yards last night. That’s only three yards less than the Jaguars gained on offense all night. And Marrone was going to make sure you heard about it:

“I thought early on we had our second-team defense out there, and we had a missed assignment and we gave up a play,” Marrone said on Thursday night. “[The Ravens] were able to score and get a field goal out of it. Then we had a penalty. That’s something we need to address. I talked to the team afterwards, and I said that the one thing we will not be is a dumb football team. I’m not saying that there will be effort penalties going on in the game. Those you can live with. But unforced, unnecessary errors are something we are not going to put up with. We have to make sure that doesn’t occur during the season, because that will hurt us winning games.”

A poor showing is what’s going to happen when you hold 32 players out of a game, but it’s still unacceptable to commit 10 penalties, preseason opener or not.