Marrone oversaw a turnaround that required reshaping a culture of losing a decade in the making. "If the Jaguars want to stop the league's best offense, they'll need the 6'3" and 218-pound Smith to drop into coverage frequently to help against Rob Gronkowski.
Speaking with New England reporters on a conference call this afternoon, Marrone recalled the lessons of the three-day session prior to the team's preseason opener at Gillette Stadium on August 10. With safeties Tayshaun Gipson and Barry Church prowling for stray receivers and blockers and Smith helping out in nickel packages, Ramsey and Bouye can confidently play man coverage on the Patriotsmost unsafe receivers - Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan.
Since Super Bowl XLII when the New York Giants ended New England's bid for a ideal season, the Patriots are 3-7 when Brady posts less than a 95.0 passer rating. "Much respect!" Of course, Brady is famous for getting the ball out of his hands quickly.
"He's obviously a great coach; he's won a lot of games in coaching, and now in a different role, I'm sure he's out there trying to plan and help those guys out as best as he can", McCourty said of Coughlin's impact.
My pick for this game is going to have to be the Minnesota Vikings. Yet there are some out there who think the dynasty is crumbling and that Brady, Belichick and owner Robert Kraft are somehow going to implode.
The Jaguars aren't going to try and keep pace with the Patriots in a shootout like the Steelers might have.
The average ticket prices per game range from $45 in the 300 sections to $715 in the lower level club seats.NY has had back-to-back 5-11 seasons and has just 14 playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title in its 58-year history.
Easier said than done against New England.
Jacksonville is now the team facing the Patriots in the AFC Championship.
Some of his very finest moments have come against Jacksonville, including an National Football League postseason record 92.9 percent completion percentage in the AFC Divisional Round after the 2007 season.
So what type of team, exactly, are the Patriots (13-3) facing?
Jacksonville presents a hard matchup for New England. The Patriots are 1-7 when scoring 21 points or fewer during that time. Jimmy Garoppolo was still on the Patriots and had a night throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
Philip Dorsett is the likely beneficiary of Mitchell's continued absence; he was active last week over Kenny Britt as the No. 4 wide receiver on the depth chart, although he didn't play a single snap.
New England had no trouble handling their Divisional round opponent at home, the Tennessee Titans.
Patriots PR chief Stacey James first announced that Brady was receiving medical treatment on a right-hand injury, that that's why he'd miss the news conference, and that more information would come with the imminent release of the week's first player-injury report.
Vegas oddsmakers sided with the Patriots in all 18 of their games this season.