Leonard Fournette appears ready to turn over a new leaf.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on Wednesday confirmed he met with the running back at the conclusion of the team’s disappointing campaign to clear the air and prepare for what he believes will be a productive season in 2019.
“I had a meeting with Leonard — I wanna say last week,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “We had a good meeting. I’m not going to speak for Leonard, but when he left that meeting … I think he’s in a really good place. That’s encouraging and I’m excited about that.”
When asked what was accomplished when they spoke, Marrone was vague in describing their discussion.
“We just talked: where we’re going, where we want to go, what we want to do,” Marrone said. “We set out a plan, and I feel good about it.”
Fournette reportedly had a positive meeting with the team’s front office, including executive vice president Tom Coughlin and “the rest of the team’s brass,” earlier this month following speculation around his future with the franchise.
Coughlin had expressed his displeasure with Fournette and fellow rusher T.J. Yeldon during the team’s Week 17 loss to the Texans when the two were spotted on the sideline not paying attention to the game.
“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette,” Coughlin told reporters. “They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.”
Fournette, 23, was limited to just eight of the team’s 16 games this season due to injuries and a one-game suspension. He tallied 439 yards rushing and five touchdowns as the Jags finished with a 5-11 record at the bottom of the AFC South.