Doug Marrone: Leonard Fournette in a “really good place” after meeting

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The Jaguars apparently have patched things up with Leonard Fournette, and the running back has apparently patched things up with the team. All’s well that mends well.

We had a good meeting,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN. “I’m not going to speak for Leonard, but when he left that meeting I think he’s in a really good place.

“So that’s encouraging, and I’m excited about that.”

Fournette met with the team last week to clear the air. Marrone wouldn’t go into detail about the meeting other than confirming they discussed “where we’re going; where we want to go; what we want to do. Set out a plan, and I feel good about it.”

Executive vice president Tom Coughlin publicly criticized Fournette and running back T.J. Yeldon after the Week 17 loss to the Texans. The team later voided the guarantees in Fournette’s contract for leaving the bench to join a fight during a game against the Bills in Week 12.

He both fell out of favor and out of shape.

Fournette, a first-round pick in 2017, played only eight games because of injuries and a one-game suspension. He gained 624 yards and scored six total touchdowns on 155 touches.

In 2019, it appears Fournette will get another chance to make things right in Jacksonville.

22 responses to “Doug Marrone: Leonard Fournette in a “really good place” after meeting

  1. Fournette is like a high performance race car. If you’re a good driver, it should be a fun ride. If you don’t handle it correctly, you could end up in a ditch.

  2. Running backs are their best during their first few years. And in 2017 Leonard was maybe the best running back Ive seen over the past 10 years. So I think it was a good thing that he avoided heavy usage during a lost 2018 campaign. If he is to be asked to run hard in 2019, the Jaguars need to be serious about winning something. At least they need to replace Bortles and re instill discipline across the team outside of Leonard.

  3. He’s in a very good place alright. At home watching, which is where he should be spending next year too.

  4. I wonder if that means they’ve reinstated the contract guarantees they voided? I can’t imagine him being in a good place with them if he’s suing them for that money.

  5. He told them what they wanted to hear then went home and had a good laugh about it. Don’t expect any different from this clown until his contract year.

  6. Lol sorry but Leonard needs to enjoy his last year, MAYBE 2 YEARS IN THE NFL. Somebody should tell him.

  7. He’s no better than anything you can find in the 3rd or 4th. Don’t draft RB high. It’s a stupid endeavor most of the time.

  8. Sounds great. Now go out and draft a RB. Fournette has proven he’s somebody that may be a problem and the Jags should have a backup plan.

  9. They have to replace or resign Yeldon and Grant, Fornette went from star into a mess this season. It’s ONE season. Worse players have come back from worse years.

    The Jags don’t want to replace their entire backfield in one offseason… little chance they just throw in the towel on Fornette. And RBs don’t get paid on the market even without red flags, so he has no reason to push the issue further. He has nothing be incentive to step up.

    If they want to get rid of him, someone else will take him. He’s a much cheaper option than Leveon. He’s not the media headache that Kareem Hunt will be. Tevin Coleman, Latavius Murray, Bilal Powell have not had sustained success being THE guy. Blount, Adrian Peterson, and Lynch are all over the hill. So you have Ajayi (off an ACL) and Mark Ingram has legit midrange priced options.

    Even in a season where there are a LOT of names at RB on the market, none of them are reasonably priced with the ceiling that Fornette has.

  10. It will be fun to watch the comments next season when he’s back and tearing through defenses again. When healthy he’s top 5 with Gurley, Barkley and Co. The Jags did the right thing and he’s learned his lesson. So much talent and personality, the Jags seemed to have learned their lesson here and will be fine in 2019. They are literally getting the entire o-line back, plus draft picks and FA’s. They still have an elite defense, with the shenanigans out of the way and a matured roster this team will be back on top.

  11. Attention diva Antonio Brown. This is how your handle issues with the team. This is how grown ups discuss differences. It may or may not work, depending on the hardline stance of the guarantees, but at least they talked like men and not teens through social media and being a cancer.

  12. Excuse me, sir. It seems as though my perfectly innocent comment was viciously deleted for no reason. I thank you for looking into this matter.

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