According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be promoting interim head coach Doug Marrone to full-time. The news comes on the same day in which Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith was considered the favorite.
Marrone’s hire will not be a popular one among Jaguars fans. Promoting from within the organization when the former head coach was statistically the worst head coach in NFL history is never going to be received well, but here we are.
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Marrone has been operating as an assistant coach under Gus Bradley for the past two seasons, and was the head coach for Buffalo for two seasons prior to joing Jacksonville. His career record as an NFL head coach is 15-17.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jaguars management liked Marrone’s belief in Blake Bortles and the direction he took the offense in the team’s final two games. He went 1-1 in those games.
As the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Marrone was a part of Bradley’s failed regime during the past two seasons. Under Bradley, the Jaguars went 14-48. The Jaguars won eight total games from 2015-16. Going from Bradley to Marrone really doesn’t seem like that significant of a change, even if the two have completely different backgrounds and skill-sets.
As stated earlier, this hire will not be received well amongst Jaguars faithful. They were also talking with candidates like Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin, and Marrone will certainly appear to be a step-down. Prior to coaching the Bills, Marrone was also the coach at Syracuse, posting a 25-25 record in four seasons. So yeah, everything about this hire screams mediocre. But that doesn’t mean he’ll fail, of course, though he’ll have a tough task to turn around a perpetually awful franchise.
By the sound of it, the biggest winner is Blake Bortles, who regressed in his third season but still appears to be getting yet another shot to prove he’s the team’s franchise quarterback.