The Jacksonville Jaguars just missed out on the Super Bowl last season. Despite their best efforts, the New England Patriots stopped them in the AFC title game. Therefore, head coach Doug Marrone didn’t watch the big game. He couldn’t handle not being there. He couldn’t hand his team not being there.
But that’s nothing new for Marrone. As it turns out, he hasn’t watched the big game in years.
“When you aspire to go there, and you’re not there, I just don’t want to go through the whole season again in my mind, and not being there,” Marrone said via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco ahead of their Week 2 matchup against New England. “… I’m usually so pissed off, I can’t handle it.”
At least he’s honest, right?
In the meantime, Marrone’s Jaguars are coming off a hard-fought Week 1 victory over the Giants. And while their head coach didn’t watch the big game, he knows his assistants did.
“I think our defensive and offensive coaches obviously have watched it,” Marrone adds.
So, when is the last time he sat down to watch one? Back when he was a kid, apparently.
“…Probably when I was like 12 — when I had a little money on it.”
As it turns out, people don’t believe him. About the not watching part specifically. But why would he make that up?
“I don’t watch, I got a question about if I saw Coach [Tom] Coughlin’s Super Bowls and I’m like, ‘No.’ … I don’t know why everyone doesn’t believe that.”
Probably because it’s the biggest game in the sport you coach in, man! But we get it — watching can be tough when your team isn’t in it. Maybe Marrone and his Jaguars will have better luck against New England this weekend.