Doug Marrone says Leonard Fournette will be back next week, won’t be a problem

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone benched rookie running back Leonard Fournette for violating team rules on Sunday, but Marrone said after the game that he’s not expecting any problems with Fournette going forward.

Marrone told reporters that Fournette will play next week when the Jaguars take on the Chargers, and that there are no concerns about Fournette’s professionalism.

The Jaguars clearly wanted to send a message to Fournette that being a Top 5 draft pick doesn’t make him above the team’s rules, and it may have worked: The Jaguars were just fine with Chris Ivory filling in for Fournette as the top running back, and they won without him.

Now 5-3 in his first season at the helm in Jacksonville, Marrone deserves a lot of credit for the way he has built a disciplined team. And in the long run, it may be good for Fournette to learn that his coach runs a tight ship.

25 responses to “Doug Marrone says Leonard Fournette will be back next week, won’t be a problem

  1. firerogergoodellnow says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:24 am
    Hard to believe that Tom Coughlin wasn’t a factor in this. Was Leonard “on time” AKA late for practice or a team meeting?

    good point coughlin time is like living in another dimension, 5 minutes early is 10 mins late

  2. JagsBoss says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:30 am
    Doug Marrone deserves a lot of credit indeed, for not letting the inmates run the prison.

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    Ha! I see what you did there.

  3. Good move by Coach….we just went through 4 years of perhaps the biggest WIMP of a HC the NFL has ever seen in Gus Bradley and his phone rah rah sunshine.

    This team needed a big change and Marrone and Coughlin are doing it right.

  4. 69nflcommenter420 says:

    November 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    firerogergoodellnow says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:24 am
    Hard to believe that Tom Coughlin wasn’t a factor in this. Was Leonard “on time” AKA late for practice or a team meeting?

    good point coughlin time is like living in another dimension, 5 minutes early is 10 mins late

    Betcha Giants’ fans wish the Giants were on Coughlin time about now…

  5. This is disappointing from a high draft pick. What was he thinking? Did he think it was fine to blow off multiple meetings? Maybe he got by with that in the SEC but this is the NFL. This doesn’t say much about his character and maturity. Maybe he learned his lesson.

  6. Leonard didn’t seem too upset on the sideline. Missed treatment on his ankle (motivated?), the team picture (selfish and shows how much he cares about team)and who knows what else. These guys are on long leashes.

    I’m glad Chris Ivory held onto the ball yesterday. Great game.

    Leonard wasn’t in the locker room for the victory celebration, but I don’t think at this point he’s too bothered by that. I am not at all convinced he’s not going to be a problem. He spent his last two years in college playing when he wanted to play.

  7. Oh, and let’s not underestimate Coughlin’s influence. Did you notice yesterday how the Giants have quit? It seems the players didn’t like Coughlin and he was replaced by a player’s coach. It’s time to clean house.

  8. He tested the waters and found out how it is. He didn’t sit on the sidelines pouting, the whole game as the picture implies. He was engaged with his teammates and this should be the end of his issues.

  9. chip/wib22 says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:28 am
    Of course when belicheat… Jonas Gray

    PATRIOTS! PATRIOTS!! PATRIOTS!!!
    _______________________________________

    Poor obsessed little guy. The need to indulge that Pats obsession has you comparing a footnote UFA like Gray to a budding superstar top 5 pick like Fournette.

  10. “Maybe he got by with that in the SEC but this is the NFL. This doesn’t say much about his character and maturity”.

    Lots of speculation about Fournette’s character littered throughout this section. Of course, no one here has any personal knowledge of what type of person Fournette really is.

    No doubt most of this speculation is coming from the “he should have played in the bowl game” crowd. Those people love guys like Coughlin and his 1950’s values.

  11. Curious if he has a lingering injury that wasn’t bad enough to be reported but wasn’t good enough to play. Of course that theory goes out the window because he could have dressed and just not played much. Seems strange to me, Fournette has always seemed to be an upstanding dude. Maybe just a minor incident and Marrone and Coughlin are sending a message that there’s a strict no-BS policy in Jax nowadays.

  12. “No doubt most of this speculation is coming from the “he should have played in the bowl game” crowd. Those people love guys like Coughlin and his 1950’s values.”

    I have to disagree with this, but I imagine we can agree to disagree. I believe most of the speculation is coming from Fournette’s recent “reported” actions. I did not even think of the bowl game until you brought it up, but then again that never bothered me. And Coughlin’s 50’s values hold up in respect to disciplining ballplayers for their me-first actions.

  13. Absolutely ridiculous to suspend Leonard. This is his team after all, and he implemented the BUGA nation mentality that has got them to where they are. How can the team be united if it turns on its leader

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