Doug Marrone is one guy who is utterly unfazed by Tom Brady’s injured right hand. In fact, the Jaguars head coach would still worry about No. 12 if he played with his other hand.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Marrone was asked about Brady’s injury to his throwing hand. Brady practiced with the Patriots on Thursday at Gillette Stadium, but with a glove on his right hand – an unusual occurrence.
“I’m sure he could probably throw left-handed if he has a problem with his right hand and throw just as well,” said Marrone, via the Florida Times-Union’s Phillip Heilman on Twitter.
Should Marrone Be More Confident?
One thing’s certain. Even if Brady really did have to play with his left hand, he would play. And knowing how competitive he is, maybe he’d find a way to pull a Larry Bird and somehow light it up with his off hand.
Obviously Marrone can’t say much different from what he said when asked about Brady’s injury. It’s not like he’s going to say the Patriots are done-for. But his whole attitude so far this week at his press conference makes him sound resigned to the idea that the Jaguars can’t pull off the upset. He sounds more like a starstruck fan than a coach who truly feels confident that his team can win.
Marrone’s players, most notably cornerback Jalen Ramsey, have been singing different tunes in that regard. And maybe that’s what really matters. But it’s clear that Brady’s injury isn’t changing the Jaguars’ approach at all. They’re expecting Brady to be Brady either way.
So perhaps those worried about the hand should feel that way too.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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