NFL Analyst On Jacksonville Jaguars Shouting: That Just Means They Care

Will Blackmon isn't concerned about the Jaguars reportedly shouting at each other Sunday; in fact, it could be a good thing

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 7:25 am

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After losing three straight games by a combined 90-28, the Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t happy. Which is why there was reportedly shouting in their locker room following a 20-7 loss against Houston on Sunday.

Super Bowl champion and NFL Network analyst Will Blackmon knows what it’s like having to carry the load on defense. It isn’t fun.

“Yeah, (it was like that) when I was in Jacksonville,” Blackmon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence, laughing. “Oddly enough, that’s how we felt.”

Blackmon, a fourth-round pick in 2006, played for the Jaguars in 2013 and 2014.

“When I got there, Blaine (Gabbert) was the starter and then we had Chad (Henne) and then we got Blake (Bortles),” he said. “Three-and-out, three-and-out – you had to get right back on the field. Eventually, your defense is so tired or your defense is frustrated and some people lose their heads, some people aren’t focused, and the next thing you know it’s 33-3. That’s what it’s like. So I’ve been there.”

Still, Blackmon doesn’t consider locker-room shouting a bad thing. In fact, it could be a good thing.

“That just means that they care,” he said. “Anything – a friendship, a relationship – if there are no disagreements, then you guys don’t care. I remember when my wife and I were first together, we always laughed, like, ‘We argue so damn much. We argue about anything.’ But that’s because we cared and we were trying to understand each other and figure things out.”

Blackmon learned not to leave his shoes by the front door. Why? Because it annoys his wife.

“I (compare) football and marriage all the time,” he said, laughing. “There’s so many similarities to me. I’m sure all that yelling was on defense, too. They got personalities everywhere on defense.”

Those personalities will try to snap the skid this Sunday in London. The Jaguars (3-4) play the Eagles (3-4) at 9:30 a.m. ET.