Doug Marrone is back, for 2020

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What a difference 72 hours makes.

Three days after ESPN reported that the Jaguars had informed coach Doug Marrone that he will be fired after Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Colts, the Jaguars have announced that Marrone will return for 2020.

The Jaguars also have announced that G.M. Dave Caldwell will return for another year.

The ESPN report was met with immediate resistance. PFT reported, citing multiple sources, that Marrone had been told no such thing. A spokesman for Jaguars owner Shad Khan promptly refuted the report as well, implying that even if a firing were to happen it wouldn’t happen until later in the week.

By Sunday, ESPN had softened the report, claiming only that Marrone would be fired after the game and not that he’d already been informed of his fate. That remained incorrect. As explained on NBC’s Football Night in America, the confusion likely arose from the fact that Marrone initially had been led to believe that he’s safe, and that he later was led to believe that his status was in question.

The Jaguars also have announced that the job previously held by Tom Coughlin — V.P. of football operations — will not be filled in 2020.

“We came out of our AFC Championship Game season of 2017 by making a four-year commitment to the collective leadership of our football operations,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said. “Only two seasons have passed and one change from that leadership team has already been made. I want to see what we produce under a new organizational structure in 2020. Goals have been established. Accountability will be paramount.”

Although it’s clear that Marrone and Caldwell won’t enjoy an unlimited commitment, the fact that they’ve gotten another year gives them a chance to show what they can do without Coughlin’s strong tendency to micromanage. It also gives quarterback Gardner Minshew a chance to develop without a new regime that may not regard him the same way the regime that discovered and developed him does.

48 responses to “Doug Marrone is back, for 2020

  1. Shad Khan doesn’t know what accountability is. Coughlin was a problem, but a scapegoat on poor coaching decisions and poor roster management for 6 years (Caldwell) is silly.
    Wipe the slate clean you cheap bastard! (He just doesn’t wanna pay these guys and new guys, since he extended everyone through 2021)
    More of the same in 2020 I bet…. 6, 7 wins tops.

    Why oh why did I pick this franchise 25 years ago….. WHY

  2. Not surprised at this. I commented on a previous story that Marrone’s apparent rapport with Gardiner Minshew, combined with the freedom from Coughlin’s draconian oversight, would likely get him at least another year.

  3. does nick foles have a no -trade contract? and who would take him if he’s not a starter at his salary. I would not be shocked to see him end up in New England

  4. ESPN the cnn of sports, the last time they were good they were broadcasting Grey Cups and Australian Rules Football.

  5. I imagine most Jags fans aren’t thrilled but from a management perspective it’s prudent decision making. One variable, Coughlin, was removed and now you can fairly test your coach and GM for a year. If that test fails, well, then time to change another variable or two.

    It takes a little patience but the alternative is an owner who’s an indiscriminate head lopper who always changes leadership like the Browns.

  6. So Caldwell double digit losses 6 of 7 seasons here and we keep him . 22 losses last 2 years we keep coach Marrone. So does Shahid not want to pay their guarantee salary unemployed ? Because no one will hire Caldwell. So I have to buy my wife a Lamar Jackson Jersey she says 20 years with only 4 winning seasons she is done I bet a lot of others will be to

  7. It was another made-up report by ESPN. “Let’s see if this one sticks to the wall.” Good on PFT to stand up and call them on it. And yeah let’s see what Marrone can do without Coughlin breathing down his neck and micromanaging everything.

  8. Called and cancelled my season tickets today. I wont pay to watch another commitment to another losing season. Shad Khan can throw all the money at the city of Jax to blind them of the fact he is not a smart football owner. Another losing season for 2020.

  9. Just as I thought and said on here before. Marrone is now on notice. No more excuses. Produce or you too will be gone.

  10. Factory of Shadness.

    Marrone is a low tier college coach, at best. He is also grossly overweight. Some leader.

    It’s amazing how owners with no sense of football magically think they can make football decisions. Never ceases to amaze me.

  11. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting something different–so is stupidity.

    I can’t believe they didn’t fire Caldwell. That means more defensive linemen picked in the first round. That team has a serious lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Minshew has done well so why did they spend all that money on Foles? Foles isn’t as mobile so since their offensive line couldn’t block Betty White he had to run for his life. That wasn’t his strong suit. Here’s a news flash. Draft some offensive linemen and sign some free agents and get rid of almost everyone that’s there. Eugene Robinson is a joke. I bet he wouldn’t start on most teams yet he’s one of their best OL. What does that say about their O-line? Until they can get that fixed that team is going nowhere.

  12. I feel bad for Jags fans, but shame on ESPN for how they’ve “covered” this. The CNN of sports indeed… or maybe even TMZ.

  13. does nick foles have a no -trade contract? and who would take him if he’s not a starter at his salary. I would not be shocked to see him end up in New England

    Why do all you idiots say “I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up in NE”.for every single player

  14. What a surprise. I knew these two clowns would be back. Khan said that 2019 was unacceptable, so what happened? Did they promise not to do it again and that was good enough for Khan?

  15. Caldwell had this team on the rise after the terrible decisions of his predecessor Gene Smith. Coughlin came in the season they made it to the AFC Championship game. Credit for that team belongs to Caldwell, Coughlin deserved the credit for the exodus of talent the past 2 seasons.

  16. This is ‘off with his head’ week. It is also ‘no originality posting week’ for the 15th time this year.

    Marrone had to put up with an unavailable Fournette, an injured Foles, and suffer Jalen ‘the greatest of all time’ and ‘greener pastures’ Ramsey. Good luck with even a Belichick picking up the pieces.

    Marrone’s strength is line play – a seriously undervalued one. Do only quarterback whisperers get it done? I am glad he sucked it up in 2019 and gets 2020.

  17. How often does a record this poor turn around? Does anyone really think this is Jimmy Johnson’s 1-15 season redux?

    I have nothing against these guys, but the reasoning baffles me. What’s going to be different?

    I do hope it means Minshew gets a good, long window to settle into the role. He’s really earned it and seems like a great guy. This may be worth it if he gets that chance. And I hope Foles gets an option, here or elsewhere, he’s happy with.

  18. Decision-making in the whole organization is poor at best…while I’m not a fan of Coughlin, he did win 2 Super Bowls with the Giants, so knows something about winning. And benching a Super Bowl MVP for a rookie QB makes no sense…agree he has a great moustache, but how much better are they with him in the line up? Two years ago they were in the AFC Championship game, so they must be able to do something right.

  19. Ky Li says:
    December 31, 2019 at 10:49 am
    Shad Khan doesn’t know what accountability is. Coughlin was a problem, but a scapegoat on poor coaching decisions and poor roster management for 6 years (Caldwell) is silly.
    Wipe the slate clean you cheap bastard! (He just doesn’t wanna pay these guys and new guys, since he extended everyone through 2021)
    More of the same in 2020 I bet…. 6, 7 wins tops.

    Why oh why did I pick this franchise 25 years ago….. WHY

    I’m so sorry..

  20. With the poor Roster Management Marrone should weed out the players who can’t play and is a cancer to team and release then and get the players who will play 60 minutes of football to get the Jaguars back to their winning ways.

  21. With the poor Roster Management Marrone should weed out the players who can’t play and is a cancer to team and release then and get the players who will play 60 minutes of football to get the Jaguars back to their winning ways.

  22. I just can’t see keeping Doug Marrone as a HC will have a positive effect. His views and Caughlin views were basically the same. You fire one without firing the other, make zero sense.

    My thinking now is that Kahn wanted to move the Jags to London and when his own studies say that move would be a disaster, he lost interest. That’s completely different opinion of Kahn desires than I had before. The Jags are a like a ship without a rudder. Nobody seems to be steering the ship. The Jags are just afloat wondering aimless around the NFL’s waters. Jags fans deserve better.

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