Jaguars Kicker: I Want What's Best For Jalen

Josh Lambo wants Jalen Ramsey to be a Jaguar, but he knows "the business side of things" can get in the way

Taz and the Moose
September 25, 2019 - 10:02 am
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Jalen Ramsey isn’t making life easy for Jaguars brass these days, missing practice with what he claims is the flu, not to mention injuries to his lower back and hamstring.

Ramsey, of course, is trying to force a trade out of Jacksonville. 

How do his teammates handle that distraction?

“That’s kind of the beauty of being a kicker: I don’t have to,” Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo said on Taz & The Moose, laughing. “See ball, kick ball – that’s all it is. That’s all my job entails. I don’t need to know what defense we’re running, what scheme, if it’s a nickel or a dime. I don’t even know what the heck that stuff is. I go out there, I do my job, I’m a good teammate to my teammates, I try to be a good encourager, I try to pick guys up when they’re down, and I try to make my kicks. That’s really my only responsibility.”

Lambo has played with Ramsey since 2017 and likes him a lot.

“I don’t have anything personally against Jalen,” Lambo said. “I like him as a person. Obviously he’s a heck of a player. Anybody – all 32 teams want him on their team. He’s that elite-level. I like him because I’ve gotten to know him over the past couple of years. But I understand the business side of things from both the professional side and from the players’ side. It’s none of my business. I try to stay out of that stuff as much as I can.”

Probably a wise move for any teammate, especially a kicker.

“When I get myself wrapped up in that stuff, that’s when I think performance suffers,” Lambo said. “Whatever is going to happen, it’s going to happen. Obviously I want Jalen on my team because he’s Jalen Ramsey, but I also want what’s best for him. Sometimes things can get sticky, sometimes things can get messy, but at the end of the day, we’re there to win football games and I’m there to make kicks. That’s all I’m really going to worry about.”

While Ramsey and Doug Marrone haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, Lambo loves playing for his head coach.

“I’m a big fan of Doug,” he said, “and I can’t really say that I’ve had that feeling in the past in terms of my head coach, so I’m excited to have a guy that I want to work for, that I want to win for, that I want to make kicks for. Really the same thing with my special teams coach, Joe DeCamillis. He is really the first specialty coach – even me going back to me being a goalkeeper – that I was like, ‘OK, I want to make this kick for him. That’s my coach. Thats my guy.’”

Lambo said that Marrone gets to know his players as people and cares about them outside of football.

“It’s a really good coaching staff in Jacksonville, but I think Doug has done a good job of adapting his style of coaching with what our players need,” Lambo said. “I think it’s maybe taken him a little bit to realize that’s what we need, but he’s certainly making those changes in the locker room this year. The first two weeks were really unlucky, but what we showed last Thursday night, I think that’s the identity of this team.”

The Jaguars (1-2) play the Broncos (0-3) in Denver this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Lambo’s interview in its entirety.