Another sign of the times: Jaguars' domination of Colts shows ongoing progress under Marrone

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone discusses his approach with young wide receivers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's hard to ignore the progress being made by the Jaguars this season.

The Jaguars have already won eight games this year. The team had just eight total wins in the two previous seasons combined.

Jacksonville hadn't won eight games in a single season since 2010.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has been the leader of the team's long-awaited resurgence.

The turnaround in culture was evident Sunday during the team's Week 13 blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars swept the Colts for the first time since 2011, producing two huge blowout wins against their division rivals.

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In Week 7, the Jaguars shut out the Colts, 27-0, in Indianapolis. On Sunday, Jacksonville posted an equally impressive result, dominating Indianapolis in a 30-10 victory at EverBank Field.

The Jaguars outscored the Colts, 57-10, in two games. 

"I think it's just a turning point for this organization," cornerback Aaron Colvin said after the game. 

"That's a great organization [in Indianapolis] and they know how to win football games. But it's just a testament to this team, to this organization, to tell people that we're here."

Marrone isn't the type to throw a parade after a big win. He looks at the latest victory as a stepping stone in the division race.

The AFC South is likely to come down to the Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. That's why division wins are essential moving forward.

The win over the Colts put the team's division record at 3-1. The Titans (8-4) beat the Houston Texans Sunday, moving their AFC South record to 4-1.

The Jaguars and their head coach know they have to keep beating division opponents to stay even. 

"“I just think about winning the division games from a year-to-year basis," Marrone said during post-game press conference. 

"Things change so much in this league.  It’s hard.  Make no mistake about it, it’s right outside [on a sign outside the locker room], you guys pass it by.  ‘Win the division.’ It’s important.  We’ve still got two more division games left out of the four that we have left.  We’re going to have to do a good job.”

Defensive end Calais Campbell is new to the Jaguars-Colts rivalry. So far, the veteran pass rusher is undefeated in those matchups.

While that's a rewarding set of results, Campbell knows there's plenty of work to be done. The Jaguars are finished with the Colts this season but matchups against the Texans and Titans still linger.

"You want to win the division, that's the goal we set," Campbell said.

"Any time you win division games, you're a lot closer to that goal so it's good to be able to go win a tough division game in December at home. Those are huge wins."

Defensive tackle Abry Jones has been in Jacksonville for five seasons. He has endured the back-and-forth, ping-pong series against the Colts for years.

The veteran lineman appreciates the win but views this as just another game and just another victory.

"It's big but I think the way we're focused on what we're trying to do and where we're trying to go, half of us didn't even realize we swept the Colts," Jones said.

"We didn't think it was that big of a deal because it was just another game on the map. I think that's hats off to Coach Marrone, the way he got us to buy into his game plan, into his coaching of how we're attacking this year."

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