Doug Marrone wasn't about to get all nostalgic as he met with the Jacksonville media on Monday with the Jaguars set to face his former team, the Bills, in Sunday's AFC Wild-Card playoff game.
“The past is the past," he said. "I’m happy for them. We’ve earned it as well as they’ve earned it. My focus, obviously, is going to be on our football team. It’s as easy as that for me. My job is to coach this team. Plain and simple.”
Marrone said he needs to worry about the job he has and not the job he had in the past.
“That stuff happened so long ago," he said. "It’s over. I can’t put it any simpler than that. I’m not going to take away from my primary responsibility to look back on a situation that occurred three years ago.
"If I do that, then I shouldn’t be coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
The ex-Bills coach has larger issues to worry about, including that his team enters the playoffs coming off its first two-game losing streak of the season. Marrone said his team will practice in pads on Thursday.
"What happened (against the Titans) is unfortunate and we never want to lose the game. But that is the learning curve for all of us," receiver Allen Hurns said. "The good thing for us is that it’s not the playoffs yet. We’re in position right now where we all have to grow up and we all have to play. There are no excuses and things like that. When the defense plays the way that they did, as an offense we have to pick things up."
Added safety Barry Church, "We just have to look past that. We lost two straight and we know that we have not played up to our standards. As a group we just have to try and move by that and focus on the playoffs."