Wednesday, January 29, 2014
How the Jaguars handle trash talking
By Michael DiRocco
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars, like every team in the NFL, have their share of trash-talkers.
Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and suspended receiver Justin Blackmon probably top the list, but neither has taken it to the level that Richard Sherman did last Sunday. They yip at opponents during games but leave it on the field.
And that’s just the way Jaguars coach Gus Bradley wants it. A little dialogue on the field is fine during the game, but nothing dramatic or outrageous that puts someone in the spotlight because of what he said. No public feuds, bulletin board material or boasts allowed.
"I think that generally we talk about really focus on the team and try to keep the attention on the team, but we understand things like that can happen," Bradley said. "It’s a heated moment and sometimes it can happen. As quickly as possible we want to bring it back to the team."
The Jaguars haven’t had any instances of out-in-the-open trash talking under Bradley, which isn’t surprising considering the team lost its first eight games by double digits and finished 4-12 in 2013. The closest thing you could find is defensive end Jason Babin tackling Arizona running back Andre Ellington by his dreadlocks and ending up with a handful of hair from Ellington’s head.
Babin downplayed the incident after the game.
"Seems like everyone’s making a big deal about it," Babin said. "But it’s just one of the plays in the football game."
The Jaguars have done some in-house trash talking, though. Marks recovered a fumble against Cleveland and appeared headed for his first career touchdown when he was caught from behind by Browns guard John Greco. Marks’ teammates really let him have it for getting run down by an offensive lineman.
But Marks didn’t mind and even admitted he deserved it.