Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue goes radio silent on head coach Doug Marrone
The Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue have been at an impasse for quite some time. With the team reporting to training camp, the two sides have now erupted into an open battle, with Ngakoue choosing not to show up, leaving him as the only player not at camp.
To make a messy situation even more explosive, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Thursday that he had not even had any discussions with Ngakoue. It appears that both sides are engaged in a blinking contest with neither ready to blink first (via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco).
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says DE Yannick Ngakoue is only player not at camp. Says he has not had any conversations with Ngakoue.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) July 30, 2020
Ngakoue has made it well known that he has no intention of playing for the Jaguars again. The organization offered him the $17.88 million franchise tag, but Ngakoue—one of the league’s top pass rushers—has reiterated that he wants a long-term extension with the new team he is traded to.
During his four years in Jacksonville, Ngakoue has compiled 37.5 sacks, while setting a new career high last season with 41 combined tackles. He has missed just one game in that span, but the current situation makes it likely that he will not see a full year of action, barring one of the sides significantly budging.
The Jaguars are slated to open the 2020 regular season against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 13; at this stage, it is a high improbability that they will have Ngakoue for that contest. While Marrone did heap praise on the type of worker and player that Ngakoue is, the situation appears somewhat irreconcilable with just over a month until games begin.