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Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone doesn’t understand why you’re so surprised. Of course he didn’t watch the Super Bowl.
But it wasn’t because his Jags lost a heartbreaker to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship last winter. (You remember, and so do the Jags fans flying a banner.) No, he hasn’t watched the Super Bowl regularly in nearly 40 years.
In the lead-up to the Jags-Pats rematch this week reporters on the weekly conference call asked Marrone if he had seen the game.
“I’m usually so pissed off I can’t handle it,” Marrone admitted. ” … I just don’t watch it. I watch enough tape during the year.”
So did he watch the tape of the Super Bowl then?
“I think our defense and offensive coaches obviously have watched it,” he said.
Marrone goes years without seeing NFL’s final game
Marrone told reporters it wasn’t just special to this year — he hasn’t watched the biggest game of the season since more than 30 years ago. The last time he watched was “when I wasn’t coaching and I was allowed to gamble,” he said. “Probably when I was like 12. When I had a little money on it.”
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Before getting into the real reason he doesn’t watch, he jokingly informed reporters that instead of watching, he drinks beer while generally being miserable.
“When you aspire to go there and you’re not there, it’s something that — I just don’t want to go through the whole season again in my mind and not being there. That’s the truth,” he said, according to NESN.
Marrone is in his second year as the Jaguars head coach. He was previously with the Bills — a team far removed from making it to the Super Bowl — and Syracuse University where his teams went a combined 11-17. He played in the 1980s for Syracuse before playing in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.
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