Marcell Dareus apparently never liked Doug Marrone when he was head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and that’s ironic because now that Dareus is reportedly going to be a Jacksonville Jaguar, he’ll be reunited with the man he once called “anal-retentive.”
Dareus was traded to Jacksonville and the Jaguars’ top-rated defense for a sixth-round 2018 draft pick expected to go back to Buffalo, a pick that can become a fifth-rounder based on performance, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
That’s all fine and dandy and Dareus is a nice pickup for the Jags, but imagine how awkward things are going to be between him and Marrone, who currently serves as Jacksonville’s head coach.
Sure, he may have played a role in getting Dareus into Jacksonville and at the end of the day all that matters to both players and coaches is wins and losses, but how are these two going to interact? Especially when considering what Dareus had to say about his former turned current head coach after he had left Buffalo.
In an interview with ABC News back in 2015, Dareus took a shot at Marrone’s personality as a head coach:
“He was always like he was walking on eggshells,” Dareus said. “It seemed like he was nervous all the time. That just doesn’t go well with players, especially because we’re supposed to be following you.”
Perhaps Marrone has changed as a head coach, but that’s unlikely. What’s more likely is that Dareus will have to get over his dislike of Marrone as a coach and the two will have to move on from these comments.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, but it’s also easier when things are going well on the football field. To that point, Dareus just went to a great defense on a 4-3 Jacksonville team that’s currently tied for first in the AFC South with Tennessee.