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[announcements]. The coaches vote Donte Moncrief Jerseys 2019 , the players vote and the fans vote. We had one player, Jalen Ramsey, make it. It is a credit to him that people felt..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Jaguars Free Agency 2016Jaguars Film RoomNFL DraftJaguars Injury NewsLatest NewsDoug Marrone on Jalen Ramsey, the lack of a running game, and Rudyard Kipling New,7commentsByRyan Day@ryaneatscakeDec 19, 2018,4:52pm ESTShareTweetShareShareDoug Marrone on Jalen Ramsey, the lack of a running game, and Rudyard Kipling Opening comments:“Yesterday was Pro Bowl [announcements]. The coaches vote, the players vote and the fans vote. We had one player, Jalen Ramsey, make it. It is a credit to him that people felt like he was deserving of it. I believe so. He is a guy that has been out there every Sunday. He plays through injury. We match him on the top guys when we play, so he made that. Donald Payne will be practicing today. He will probably be the second player [to return from IR]. We look to see him coming up next week. We will see how he practices this week. If he practices well, we will try to figure out a way to bring him up. Obviously, later in the week, Ronnie [Harrison] will be put on IR. We have had Lyndon Johnson come up. We lost two practice squad players – Bo Scarbrough went to Seattle, and Allen Lazard went to Green Bay. We replaced them with Dimitri Flowers, Jordan Veasy the wide receiver and Christian Kuntz, the long snapper and really a linebacker, too. That’s where we are from a roster [standpoint]. Today, we will get out there and we will have a couple players not practicing. We will just see how they are. Leonard [Fournette] will go out there, see how he is. Jarrod Wilson had a personal issue. If he was here Youth Keelan Cole Jerseys , he’d be out there practicing limited. We had a good walkthrough. We are getting ready to go out there, and I expect a very good practice and a focused practice.”On if he gets the sense that he team is looking forward to the last two games: “You would have to ask them. That’s my job to make sure that they are ready to go and get ready to play a game. The onus is on me to do that, but again, I can’t answer for them.”On what he sees out of the Dolphins running backs despite Frank Gore being out:“Well, first of all, let’s talk about Frank. He was really playing at a high level. He’s a difficult guy to defend. I think that’s kind of what you saw with Adrian Peterson and you look at these guys, he’s a guy that if he’s out, I think it’s obviously tough. I’m sure he takes care of his body. He’s a tremendous player, we know that. [Kenyan] Drake will come in there, and he will probably step it up. He’s a guy that has really good speed to run outside. If he breaks a line, he can take it to the house. They have good players back there, but I will just say that I have a lot of respect for Frank Gore.”On if Ryan Tannehill doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves:“I have played against him before when I was at Buffalo. I watched him coming out [of college] when he was coming out of Texas A&M. I know a lot about him. He has had some injuries here and there, but I have seen him where he has played at a very high level, and that’s what we have to be prepared for. When he does play at a high level, he can play extremely well. I’m sure that is what he is working on and that’s what we expect.”On what mental fortitude it requires Kai Forbath to do his job when he doesn’t know how long he will be with the team:“I look at it as kind of the same thing – I’ll be here today, and I’m going to do the best job I can. That’s what this league is about. I think it’s a little bit tougher if you’re on the outside to realize it when you haven’t gone through it. But I think when you go through it, you just feel fortunate that you have an opportunity. You feel fortunate that you can put something out there that other teams may like or that team you are with likes you and they are willing to keep you. I think it’s probably exciting.”On the team struggling with penalties and how big of a factor it is:“We already figured that out. I have the stats on it. It’s like almost 90 yards a game. Before the last game, it was about a 90-yard differential in the game. Teams that win – there is a lot of the analytical stuff that penalties don’t really play into the wins and losses. I tend to disagree with that, me personally. I think the timing of them and when they occur and when they happen play a big role. I look at it as it plays a big role in field position, but I know there is stuff out there that says that doesn’t contribute to winning and losing. I just tend to disagree with it, just having played and been around this game for so long. I can’t prove it from an analytical standpoint, but I believe it does hurt you. There is no doubt in my mind.”On how much he attributes struggles on defense to players buying into hype from the 2017 season:“I think for everyone, it’s not just 鈥?I look at things in life and how people deal with success and failure is pretty important. It is kind of like that poem Keelan Cole Jerseys Stitched , ‘Treat Both Imposters the Same’ by Rudyard Kipling. I really feel that way. I think when you start letting things on the outside start to cloud yourself, I think you lose that focus. I think the whole key when you are going through a 16-game season, training camp, you are going through injuries, going through ups and downs 鈥?I think maintaining that focus creates that consistency. The focus that you have and the preparation that you have. I think when you start to lose that a little bit as a player, you are not going to play at your highest level. Even as a coach, even myself, if you lose that as a coach, you are not going to be able to perform at the best level. These are things that we have talked about – making sure that we are preparing, we are putting in the work and all the fine lines. Because when you look at plays and you see things that happen in the NFL, I think a lot of times you see big plays 鈥?Everyone can tell when someone gets beat or somebody makes a big play, but what you see a lot of times where things are broken down and sometimes it’s one, sometimes it’s two, sometimes it’s three where people have lost something or gave a reason why the focus and have given that [focus] up. As coaches, we have to do a better job of that. We have to coach it better. We have to scheme it better to put it in situations where we can make it as easy as possible, so they can just go and play.”On if he feels his message about 2018 being a new season didn’t get through to the players:“I can’t speak for the players, but I can speak for myself. I take total responsibility in not being able to 鈥?What is on the field is my responsibility, so for me, I have done a poor job of communicating, of keeping everyone on track, of keeping everyone consistent. That falls solely on me, and I’m not going to back down from that.”On if Calais Campbell has had a Pro Bowl season:“I believe so, yes.”On if he advises Jalen Ramsey not to play in the Pro Bowl because of his knee injury:“Advise him to play in the Pro Bowl? Oh shit Black Niles Paul Jerseys , I’m not even there yet. (laughter) Any time a player is hurt, whether it is Jalen or anyone else, even if it is a backup player, I treat all of that the same. The way I have always tried to handle it is from when I first started coaching, obviously you guys know my son plays football, so I have always tried to handle it like that with every single player. I’ve never 鈥?I guess that is the best way to explain it for me. How do you feel? What do you think? Get a lot of input 鈥?Obviously, get input from the medical staff and the doctors and everything, but I’ve always said the one part about this game 鈥?Your body is a commodity. You have to make sure that you stay healthy, and you have to do the things in the offseason and during the season to make sure that you can do it. You have to be prepared to think that you’re going to come into 鈥?The way the CBA is now, to think that you are not going to do anything from when the season is over till when you report, you’re just going to put yourself in jeopardy for injury risk. That is probably the toughest phase – what I call Phase I. It puts a lot of accountability on the players. During the season when those players are injured, I guess the best way to say it is, I try to look at it as how I would talk to my son. My son comes home, he has bumps and bruises and trying to know the difference between injury, what to play through, what to not, give them as much information as possible and see where that decision process comes. A lot of time in this day and age, it’s not just between the coach and the player, obviously the trainers and doctors. You have agents, you have a lot of other people that are involved with that.”On if Leonard Fournette is a player that may need to hear the speech about how to take care of his body again:“I don’t know. I have always talked like that. Everything I 鈥?I don’t try to speak through the media. For me, I’ve talked about this before. I’m not one of those guys that is going to come in here and say, ‘I’m going to say this and this means that for somebody.’ That is just what I believe.”On if it is a relief that there was no structural damage in Ronnie Harrison’s knee and if that’s important:“Yes. I think so because it is like that for everybody else. It is kind of what I was just talking about. It is the same with [Andrew] Norwell, the same type of situation. I think when those things can occur naturally where it just heals Niles Paul Jerseys 2019 , I think it is better than going in there and obviously with surgery 鈥?That is just my opinion. I’m not a medical expert. I may be wrong, but that is how I feel. I think we all feel that way.”On if it is shocking that the Jaguars are one of two teams that have not had a 100-yard rusher:“Yes. I would say yes. Obviously, it shocking by just that stat.” After the Houston Texans fell to 0-3 with a loss at home to the New York Giants on Sept. 23, they appeared to be headed for a second straight losing season.Instead, the Texans (11-5) won their next nine games and 11 of their last 13, capped by Sunday’s 20-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, to clinch the AFC South title.“We have a lot bigger goals,” J.J. Watt said. “I have a lot bigger goals but it’s good. Especially after starting 0-3 and everybody writes you off. Guys in the locker room believed. Guys in the locker room never gave up.”Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a touchdown and DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving in the victory.The Texans will make their fifth playoff appearance after winning the division for the fifth time in franchise history. Houston returns to the postseason for the third time in four years after bouncing back a 4-12 campaign in which Watson and Watt suffered season-ending injuries.“The way we started out, it’s a testament to the players in that locker room,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “They’ve always hung tough. And to go from 0-3 (and then) go 11-2 in this league is pretty tough to do. Give credit to the players.”Houston built a 14-point lead in the first half behind rushing touchdowns by Watson and Lamar Miller and made it 20-3 on a 24-yard field goal with about 11 minutes left. The Jaguars had a chance to cut the lead later in the fourth quarter, but Blake Bortles was intercepted in the end zone by Andre Hal.Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement that his director of football operations, Tom Coughlin, has decided to retain coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell — even though the team finished in last place a year after playing in the AFC title game. Khan said he agreed with the decision.“We get judged on wins and losses,” Marrone said. “Obviously, this year, I didn’t do a good job. Period. I’m never going to step away from that. I’m happy with the faith because I do believe I will get this right.”The Jaguars (5-11) returned to Bortles as starter after benching the quarterback following a loss to Buffalo on Nov. 25. But he did little to get Jacksonville’s offense going, with the Jaguars managing one first down in the opening half and finishing with six. Bortles was 15 of 28 for 107 yards.Watt sacked Bortles 1½ times to finish with 16 this year. Watt has four seasons with 15 or more sacks, second most in NFL history to Reggie White (five).The performance by Hopkins gives him 1,572 yards receiving and 115 receptions this season, both career highs. His catch total tied Andre Johnson (2008) for the most in franchise history.“A lot of guys have amazing seasons, but their team isn’t where it should be,” Hopkins said. “So I think everything I’ve been doing has correlated to my team winning, which is even better.”KEY PLAYSDede Westbrook muffed a punt late in the first quarter Black Cody Kessler Jerseys , and Zach Cunningham recovered. Watson capitalized with a 5-yard scramble that made it 10-3 early in the second quarter.The Texans faced a third-and-6 late in the second quarter when Myles Jack deflected a pass and Hopkins grabbed it for a 13-yard gain. Miller ran 7 yards for a touchdown on the next play, dragging two defenders into the end zone to make it 17-3.BAD BEHAVIORCoughlin had strong words for running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon after the game.Fournette, who was inactive because of foot and ankle injuries, and Yeldon were caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and chatting while the offense had the ball. They were clearly disengaged with teammates and coaches.“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette,” Coughlin said. “They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.”TEXANS NUMBERSHopkins is the fourth player in NFL history (Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Marshall) to have at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in multiple seasons. He had 111 receptions for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.Watson, who ran for 66 yards on Sunday, is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards (4,165) and 25 touchdowns (26) and rush for 500 yards (551) and five touchdowns in a season.ANDRE AND DEANDREHopkins brought Johnson to the podium with him after the game, and the retired receiver raved about his protege.“One thing that I appreciate about him is when he first came into the league he asked me about things he needed to do to better his game,” Johnson said. “He took that to a whole other level. To see what he’s accomplished, what he’s doing out on the field, it’s amazing.”INJURIESJaguars: Jacksonville was without starting cornerback A.J. Bouye (toe injury).Texans: Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph sat out with a neck injury.UP NEXTJaguars: Jacksonville must decide what to do with Bortles before next season. Most believe he won’t return in 2019 after going 24-49 as a starter in five seasons. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft also is due to count $21 million against the salary cap, and the Jags can save $9.5 million by cutting him with a post-June 1 designation.Texans: Will host the winner of Sunday night’s Colts-Titans game next weekend, barring a tie between those teams.