Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer
Today is sure to be emotional for Jaguars assistant offensive line coach Tony Sparano, Jr. He was supposed to be coaching on the same field as his father when the Jaguars have joint practices with Minnesota, but instead he'll be mourning the passing of his father, who died unexpectedly on July 22. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he gave Sparano, Jr., the option of not making the trip to Minnesota if he felt it would be too tough, but Sparano, Jr., is with the team. "We talked about it. I [asked], ‘Hey, what do you feel is best for you? We are going to support you either way,'" Marrone said. "He's going through a tough time. It is not just him, individually. It's his family, his mom and there is a lot going on. I want to make sure I am there to support him. We will do whatever we have to do to make sure we are doing the right thing for his family. That is how I look at it. I never want to look back on anything – and I try tell this to players, I try to tell it to coaches – you don't want to look back after things occur and have any type of regrets. I think living life like that in anything that you do is very difficult. I just want to make sure everything is covered and whatever support he needs from me, I am there for him."