Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars: Four Downs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars: Four Downs

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran



The Jaguars' left guards this year: Weeks 1-2 (Luke Joeckel), Week 3 (Chris Reed), Week 4 (Joeckel), Weeks 6-11 (Patrick Omameh), Weeks 12-14 (Reed) and Week 15 (Jeremiah Poutasi).

Joeckel (knee), Omameh (foot) and Poutasi (ankle) are on injured reserve and Reed is out with a toe injury. When Poutasi got hurt, Josh Wells played until he sustained a clavicle injury. That left Tyler Shatley as the only remaining option and he'll be the sixth different starter when the Jaguars host Tennessee on Saturday.

"I've never gone through so many left guards or at any single position," interim coach Doug Marrone said.

Shatley started two games at center (Baltimore/Minnesota) and played the final 30 snaps there at Houston.

Asked if moving to left guard was like riding a bike, Shatley laughed and said: "A fast bike. On a bumpy road. Or a downhill road. With no brakes. ... Nah, it wasn't too bad. We've done it in practice, rotating between center and the two guard spots. Yes, it was my first time taking some left guard snaps in a game, but it wasn't like I hadn't been in a left guard stance during the week."

Said Marrone: "For him to go in there and do the [solid] job that he did, that's who that kid is."



It's been quite the year for Nathaniel Hackett, who went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after the seventh game and is now reporting to his second head coach of the season after Gus Bradley was fired.

How does he separate the emotions of seeing Bradley fired and the focus needed for the Titans?

"As a coach, you think about that every second," Hackett said. "I mean every second. It's a horrible deal what's happened. He gave me an opportunity to come down here and get down to Florida and it's been awesome here. …

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