Doug Marrone is not the only one who will be facing his former team when the Jaguars host the Bills in an AFC Wild-Card playoff game.
Marcell Dareus, traded a few days before the deadline, makes his playoff debut against players who were teammates less than three months ago.
Marrone's advice: “I just told him to be smart. He’s the last one (in), he came from a trade. I just told him to be smart.”
Marrone is trying to make Sunday's playoff game against the Bills as normal as possible. Coaches – and football players – often are creatures of habit and Marrone wants the weekly routine to remain the same.
"I think the focus just naturally picks up," he said. "You want to make sure there is a lot of communication. It is like you do every week, but you are just checking the boxes, just one more time. That is probably it.
"To say, you want to make sure everything is clear, the plan is clear, what we want to do is clear, everyone understands and the reason why, that is a big thing is because when everything is clear, you can play harder and play faster. Those are the things you want to do. You don’t want to say that is not what we have been doing during the year.
"I just think the focus and everything rises up and I think the level of play rises up. Now it is single elimination and you have all the teams that have been through a lot and teams that have earned their way there.”