Terry Robiskie, the Jacksonville Jaguars new running backs coach, will be asked to not only get more production out of his players but help Leonard Fournette.
It’s a tough task to ask anyone who comes into a new situation as an assistant coach on an NFL team. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone believes new running backs coach Terry Robiskie is up to the challenge of fixing the team’s fractured running game. Marrone and the organization also hope he can help Leonard Fournette change his fortunes of a dismal 2018 season.
Robiskie was part of a revamped coaching staff that was partially dismantled the day after the Jaguars lost the season finale 20-3 to the Houston Texans. He replaces Tyrone Wheatley. Marrone’s connection to Robiskie is what brought him to Jacksonville. His connection to Fournette is both are from LSU. Hopefully, it will run deeper than that as the offseason leads to training camp.
When Marrone met with the media on Wednesday to discuss his staff, he spent time talking about Fournette and how he hopes the second-year back will turn things around in 2019.
“Marrone called the meeting “encouraging,” which in turn is encouraging for Fournette’s future with the organization,” John Oehser of Jaguars.com wrote.
It needs to be after being called out by Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin when he issued a statement calling Fournette’s sideline behavior in the regular-season finale “disrespectful” and “selfish.” If anything, the team has caught their running back’s attention.
Robiskie comes to Jacksonville with plenty of “What Ifs” not associated with Fournette.
Will T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant leave in free agency?
What role will Thomas Rawls play next season?
Does David Williams get a long look this offseason?
Does this team release Carlos Hyde?
Will the team draft a running back or look for another backup in free agency?
For what was one of the team’s major strengths in their playoff run a year ago, the running game may have been the most disappointing unit on offense in 2018. The focal point of the offense will remain Fournette. Marrone explained why he handpicked Robiskie to be “the guy” to help get the production the Jaguars want out of him in the running game.
“I was really looking for someone who could get the most of the player both on the field and off the field,” Marrone said, adding that he was looking for “someone who has had a history of really doing that in this league and at this level,” Oehser explained.
Marrone and Robiskie have had a friendship that started in 1986. Their constant contact over the years is one of the reasons they have reunited here in Jacksonville. Marrone has spoken in the past of having a coaching staff he is familiar with. This falls into that kind of situation.
“We’ve always stayed in touch, and always been friends,” Marrone said.
“Wherever he’s been, if you look at the players he’s had, he’s always gotten the most of out of them. Terry’s a person who has been able to do that and who has shown that through his whole career. He’s the best guy I know who has that type of ability.”