JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone stated the clear-the-air meeting he had final week with working again Leonard Fournette was productive and he feels good in regards to the first-round decide’s mindset heading into the 2019 offseason.
“We had a very good meeting,” Marrone stated Wednesday. “I am not going to converse for Leonard, however when he left that meeting I feel he is in a very good place.
“So, that is encouraging, and I am enthusiastic about that.”
John DeFilippo, who was fired after 13 video games with the Vikings final season and served because the Eagles’ QB coach throughout their Tremendous Bowl win, would be the Jaguars’ new OC.
Marrone wouldn’t go into specifics about what was mentioned within the meeting aside from to say they mentioned “the place we’re going; the place we would like to go; what we would like to do. Set out a plan, and I be ok with it.”
It’s going to be a number of months earlier than the Jaguars see if Fournette might be ready to again up Marrone’s optimism. There is definitely rather a lot for him to show as a result of there are legit questions on Fournette’s maturity, dedication to soccer, conditioning, on-field conduct and manufacturing after the 2018 season.
A lot in order that there was some hypothesis late within the season that the group could be prepared to commerce — or lower — him within the offseason.
The Jaguars chosen Fournette fourth general in 2017, and he had a strong rookie season, dashing for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns to assist the Jaguars win the AFC South and attain the AFC Championship Sport. The 2018 season was an enormous disappointment, although.
Fournette missed seven video games due to accidents, was suspended for an additional, had a number of off-field points, and let himself get out of practice. The season ended on a bitter word when government VP of soccer operations Tom Coughlin publicly criticized Fournette (who was inactive due to a foot harm) and T.J. Yeldon for sitting alone on the bench and appearing disinterested in the course of the season finale.
Coughlin stated they had been “disrespectful, egocentric and their conduct was unbecoming that of an expert soccer participant.”
That capped an terrible yr for Fournette. One season after lacking two video games with accidents, Fournette missed six full video games and half of two others with a proper hamstring harm within the first eight weeks of the season, and there was mounting frustration contained in the group in regards to the size of his absence. The Jaguars constructed the offense round a power-run sport, and the offense had a tough time functioning persistently with out him on the sector.
All that point away apparently impacted his conditioning. He ended the season heavier than when he reported for coaching camp, when he stated he was down to 223 kilos (his lowest weight since his sophomore season at LSU). It is uncommon for an NFL participant to achieve weight in the course of the season, and Fournette was unable to do a lot, if any, conditioning in the course of the time he was rehabbing his hamstring.
Nonetheless, Fournette was not restricted by accidents in November and the primary half of December and didn’t enhance his conditioning. He did acknowledge in December that he may very well be in higher form.
Fournette was suspended with out pay for leaving the bench and preventing with Payments defensive lineman Shaq Lawson in the course of the Jaguars’ 24-21 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 25. Fournette stated he ran throughout the sector as a result of he noticed Lawson shove Carlos Hyde and needed to defend his teammate. It is the second time he has missed a sport due to disciplinary causes. The group made him inactive as a rookie as punishment for leaving Jacksonville early and lacking a group photograph in the course of the bye week.
Fournette additionally was caught on video yelling at a fan within the stands in the course of the group’s embarrassing loss to Tennessee on Dec. 6. The video clip launched by TMZ shows Fournette yelling that he was going to “beat your ass” at an unknown fan earlier than two folks stroll up and escort Fournette away. Fournette stated a number of days later fan used a racial slur, a declare that Yeldon corroborated.
Fournette misplaced enjoying time late within the season due to his lack of manufacturing. He did not have a carry within the third quarter in opposition to Washington in Week 15, and he had one carry within the fourth quarter earlier than leaving the sport with an injured foot. Rookie David Williams, who was enjoying in simply his fourth sport, took over.
Fournette additionally wasn’t on the sector when the Jaguars had been making an attempt to run out the clock in opposition to Miami late within the fourth quarter of Week 16. These carries went to Hyde, who had 5 carries for 37 yards on the Jaguars’ closing possession. Fournette, who ran for 7 yards on the primary play of the drive earlier than leaving the sport, completed with 43 yards on 18 carries (2.four yards per carry).
Fournette completed his second season with 439 yards and 5 touchdowns dashing and averaged simply three.three yards per carry within the eight video games wherein he performed. He ran for greater than 53 yards simply twice and by no means surpassed 95 yards dashing in any sport. It’s the first time Fournette has failed to report at the very least one 100-yard sport in a season relationship again to earlier than his time at St. Augustine (Louisiana) Excessive College.