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Doug Marrone expertly blows off criticism in Doug Pederson’s new book

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone expertly blew off criticism directed at him by Doug Pederson in the Philadelphia Eagles head coach’s new book with a brilliant reference to another currently popular tome.

In his recently published book, “Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion,” Pederson chastises Marrone and the Jaguars for taking a a knee with over 50 seconds left in the first half of the AFC Championship Game while holding a 14-10 lead over the New England Patriots. The Patriots of course rallied in the second half to edge the Jags by a score of 24-20.

“I was there thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me right now,'” Pederson writes in the book, via ESPN. “It made me mad because Jacksonville had New England right where they wanted them. I was screaming at the TV in my office. When they knelt right before halftime, inside I was like, ‘I’ll never do that.’ It fueled me. They could have least tried for a field goal. They took it out of their quarterback’s hands, and they didn’t give to their big back Leonard Fournette. I thought, ‘If they lose this game, this is why.’ Sure enough they would go on to lose the game.”

Marrone was asked by reporters on Tuesday about Pederson’s criticism. Marrone clearly does not put much stock in it.

“Hey, Doug won a Super Bowl,” Marrone said. “Doug did a great job of coaching. I’m sure there’s a long line of people that have the same questions or feelings. It’s just what you’re going to do.

“I read a book in the offseason by Mark Manson, the New York one, No. 1 bestseller on the Times [New York Times’ bestseller list], so those things happen and that’s it. But I respect the hell out of him and his team and he won a Super Bowl. We lost, and when you lose you question everything so I don’t have a problem with it.”

And the title of the book on the bestseller list? “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.”

Zing.