Doug Marrone working on the challenge of London games

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The Jaguars have described their two “home” games in London as a business reality.

But for coach Doug Marrone, it also creates some football technicalities that he can’t overlook.

By playing back-to-back games in London this season, the Jaguars have some logistical challenges to overcome, as soon as they find out in April when those games will be and what’s on either side of them.

“We’re looking at things first and foremost to make sure our players are good. That’s the first thing we’ve been talking about looking at, investigating and making things right for our players,” Marrone said, via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. “It is a challenge. Knowing that, it is going to be a little different for our players to be away from their families.”

The situation has been described as temporary, and hasn’t gone over well with their fans in Jacksonville, since they’ll have just six regular season home games this year.

They’ve played one game a year there since 2013, and Marrone said he’ll touch base with coaches who have done West Coast doubles and found a place to stay between to see if he can pick up any tips.

″I look at it as it is a challenge for our fans, a challenge for our coaches, a challenge for the players — to sustain our team in Jacksonville, if that’s what we have to do, that’s what we have to do,″ Marrone said. ″I understand the challenges of the business end of what they have to do.

“Hopefully my goal is to win games and we can help them at the end of the year and get some [postseason] home games.”

If he can pull that off, he probably would deserve a nice long vacation, assuming he wants to spend another night in a hotel after this season.

12 responses to “Doug Marrone working on the challenge of London games

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Head coaching record
    Regular season: 37–45 (.451)
    Postseason: 2–1 (.667)
    Career: NCAA: 25–25 (.500) NFL: 39–46 (.459)
    How does this guy keep getting HC jobs…..

  2. Because of these “challenges” I do not know why the NFL is so stubborn about putting a team in London. Between issues with currency, travel, relocation, I just do not see how a permanent team there can possibly work.

  3. There is some history of Jags players misbehaving on the short London trips. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do with a 10-12 day run over there. Could be epic.

  4. kennylc2015 says:
    February 27, 2020 at 9:27 am
    Because of these “challenges” I do not know why the NFL is so stubborn about putting a team in London. Between issues with currency, travel, relocation, I just do not see how a permanent team there can possibly work.

    Don’t forget TAXES ! Can’t see players wanting to pay the British 50% rate on their game checks.

  5. I wouldn’t mind living in a hotel , the free breakfast,the pool,the sauna,
    the free cable”dish whatever”,the free WIFI and best of all the house cleaning
    “i hate that part here at home”

  6. Jacksonville fans like to get defensive about their attendance at home games and their tarped off stadium. The fact is, if their attendance was all that great, and they were selling that stadium out as it was built, they wouldn’t be playing so many London games in the 1st place.

  7. Mark Carrington, please stop speaking on things that you are CLUELESS about. The initiative that Jacksonville can’t sell enough tickets is asinine. Even with a horrible team the jags ranked 22nd in the league in attendance. If the team was actually good, the attendance would be in the top 10. See how in 2017 the home playoff game jacksonville hosted was sold out. The stadium gets tarped off because its capacity is larger than most NFL stadiums because of the annual Florida-Georgia game the stadium hosts. The stadium holds over 90k people. Get your facts straight before false reporting, its annoying

  8. Chad Gullage says:
    February 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Even with a horrible team the jags ranked 22nd in the league in attendance.

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    Being ranked 22 out of 32 is the bottom 3rd. That’s NOT impressive. And you prove my point about being defensive. Why can’t, or why don’t you fill the stadium up with 90,000 people? You keep throwing that out as some kind of excuse for the tarps. You also keep harping on the Georgia-Florida game. I don’t know what that has to do with the Jaguars. Regardless of your lame deflections, your team still has one foot out the door on their way to London. Is that also because of the Georgia-Florida game?

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