On a team where off-the-field issues have been relatively quiet since Tom Coughlin became front-office czar and Doug Marrone took over as head coach, the Jaguars are suddenly having their patience tested by the ongoing suspect behavior of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

Marrone knew Dareus had made questionable decisions when he coached him with the Buffalo Bills (2013-14). He was twice benched for violating unspecified team rules and later incurred a suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Plus, he was arrested in Alabama for possession of a controlled substance, yet the Jaguars gambled and traded for him midway through last season.

While that decision seemed to immediately fortify their run defense, the Jaguars should now be questioning whether Dareus deserves to be part of the organization going forward after his latest alleged off-the-field gaffes.

One woman filed suit last week against Dareus, seeking damages exceeding $15,000 for allegedly assaulting her and infecting her with herpes after a sexual encounter two months ago in Houston. Another lawsuit was filed in December by a Las Vegas woman claiming Dareus sexually assaulted her in January, 2017, at a Tampa party while he was still a member of the Bills.

It’s unknown whether the Jaguars knew about the first lawsuit during or before the NFL playoffs. But the larger issue is what consequences, if any, will Marrone, Coughlin and GM Dave Caldwell impose on a two-time Pro Bowl tackle who seems to consistently make questionable off-the-field decisions.

Dareus, 28, earned a ton of positive media coverage recently by donating $125,000 to fund the building of a school in Haiti, which is commendable. But given the baggage that keeps piling up elsewhere, it’s fair to ask, maybe even demand, that the Jaguars cut their losses and make him somebody else’s problem. ...

Speaking of NFL players behaving badly, it is alleged by a friend of his ex-girlfriend that LeSean McCoy arranged to have her physically assaulted in an attempt to get her evicted from his home and retrieve some expensive jewelry that the Buffalo Bills running back gave her.

If this is true, and since McCoy has already made $52.5 million in nine seasons, why not just hire a lawyer to take care of this matter instead of taking dumb risks that could potentially lead to a league suspension? ...

It seems like CBS analyst Tony Romo’s Super Bowl prediction of picking the Jaguars to face the Green Bay Packers is being treated like some sort of going-out-on-a-limb forecast. Well, not only is it boring to take the New England Patriots, but the Jaguars with a talented, ascending defense are as logical a pick as anybody else in the AFC. ...

Three years ago, former Jaguars placekicker Josh Scobee led the American Century Championship on the back nine of the final round, but lost to ex-major league pitcher Mark Mulder. While Scobee isn’t a huge celebrity, it’s a shame a legitimate contender like him was never invited back to participate. Tournament organizers evidently think having Blake Bortles playing again this weekend is enough of a Jaguars’ presence. ...

Don’t be surprised if Tiger Woods lands on the final-round leaderboard or wins the British Open next week at Carnoustie. It can be one of the most brutal courses in the Open rotation, but Woods has played enough tournaments on his latest comeback to be a factor. Plus, a difficult venue is more apt to give him a better chance to contend. ...

Maybe the most impressive golf score this year was the 6-over-par 79 shot Thursday by 79-year-old JoAnne Carner in the opening round of the inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open. Carner, who has 43 LPGA Tour wins, was in line to make the cut until she struggled on her back nine Friday, but shooting her age was still a phenomenal achievement. ...

 

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