Jaguars superstar cornerback Jalen Ramsey, still only 24 years old, requested a trade in the aftermath of a Week 2 defeat to the Texans, which dropped the Jaguars to 0-2 on the season. That much was already known and has been known since Monday. Now, though, we know the exact reason why Ramsey asked for a trade. It turns out, Ramsey's request has nothing to do with his sideline argument with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. Instead, it has everything to do with the Jaguars' front office -- run by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (best known as the former coach of the Giants who led the franchise to two Super Bowl titles) and general manager David Caldwell.
That's what Ramsey, himself, told Nate Burleson on the 17 Weeks podcast with Uninterrupted. On the same day (Thursday) that the Jaguars are scheduled to take on the Titans in an early, but key AFC South clash, which Ramsey is active for, the defensive back's explanation for the entire situation went live. Ramsey began by saying that the request -- which has been in the making for a while -- has nothing to do with the city of Jacksonville or his teammates. He loves them both. It's the front office and organization that he has issues with.
"It was something that has kinda been building over a little bit of time," Ramsey said. "It has nothing to do with my teammates here. I love all my teammates here. It has nothing to do with the city. I love the city here. Still doing my charity work here. Still out with the fans, signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever it may be. I love the city here. I love my teammates. But it was more so with the front office and the organization."
Which brings us to Sunday after the Jaguars lost by one point to the Texans, during which Ramsey was seen arguing with Marrone on the sidelines. The argument did not factor in his trade request. Ramsey says he had already moved on from it, mainly because those kinds of arguments happen around the NFL. We see them every season.
"I called my agent after the game," he said. "After the game, of course, it was tough in the locker room already. The incident on the sideline with me and coach. I didn't think much of that in particular, because that happens from time to time. That happens all across the league. We see Tom Brady get into it with his coaches and he's the greatest of all time. That's just passion, man. That's passion and emotion. I feel like that blew up a little more than it should have. That happened early in the first quarter, and I went out the rest of the game and you can see the production that I put out there on the field -- what I held (DeAndre Hopkins) to and how the whole defense played. And honestly, it was just the moment, it was the incident, and honestly we were kinda moved past it."
What prompted his request then? It sounds like the higher-ups in the Jaguars' organization said "some disrespectful things" to Ramsey after the game that made him immediately call his agent to initiate the trade process.