Jaguars’ Doug Marrone speaks out on ‘challenge’ of London home games
The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to play two home games in London next season and Doug Marrone realizes how demanding it is for the players on the roster. During the week of the NFL Combine, the head coach spoke about the reality of playing in two homes games in London.
“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.”
Back in 2013, the Jaguars agreed to play a home game in London through the 2016 season. Then, in 2015, Jacksonville announced a deal that required them to play at least one home game in London through the 2020 season.
Over the past few years, the Jaguars have typically had one home game in London. However, for the first time in the NFL’s International Series, Jacksonville will take part in two games in London in 2020.
Marrone, who’s been the head coach of the Jaguars since 2016, is familiar with playing a game outside of the United States. When playing a game in London, players have to get adjusted to the time zone change and the long travel.
Some fans in Jacksonville are upset that there are only six games at TIAA Bank Field in 2020, including an organized website against the decision. Despite the mixed reviews from fans, Marrone is attempting to make it up to them by hosting a home game in the playoffs next season.