Jaguars To Hire Doug Marrone As Head Coach

The first head coaching vacancy of this offseason has been filled. The Jaguars are taking the interim tag off of Doug Marrone, according to Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). Marrone’s contract will take him through 2019, Ian Rapoport of tweetsDoug Marrone (vertical)

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In 2015, Marrone joined Gus Bradley‘s staff as an offensive line coach and assistant head coach. This year, when Bradley was sacked, Marrone was given the interim head coaching title. In those final two weeks of the season, Jacksonville saw enough out of Marrone to give him the real gig.

Marrone found some success as the Bills’ head coach in 2014 when he guided them to a 9-7 record. Instead of building on that progress, he opted out of his contract (and still cashed in on his $4MM guaranteed salary for 2015). Expecting to be a hot candidate for multiple openings, Marrone was undoubtedly disappointed when he was passed on by the Falcons, Bears, Jets, and 49ers. He bided his time in Jacksonville and, after two years, he’s back in the head coaching ranks.

As shown in our 2017 NFL Head Coaching Search TrackerTom Coughlin, Harold Goodwin, Mike Smith, Josh McDaniels, and Kyle Shanahan, were also interviewed for the job. Anthony Lynn was also expected to interview.

The hiring of Marrone leaves five teams in search of a head coach: the Bills, Broncos, Rams, Chargers, and 49ers.

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  1. Chris

    I kinda believe this was Marrone’s hope all along. He left a promising situation in Buffalo (at the time) to go be an assistant for woeful Jacksonville. Let’s see what he can do now. There’s talent in Jax, especially if he can “fix” Blake bortles

    • badco44

      Guys as an outsider looking in your D is nothing to brag about either… and it has needed help for a number of years

      • slpdajab55

        Not a Jag fan either- give the D a year or so- all of the young strong draft picks from last year will settle in. They have the potential to be very scary on that side of the ball in the next year or 2

  2. hill

    What an uninspiring choice.

    It’ll be More of the same in Jax, 8-8 is their ceiling for the 15th year in a row….

  3. cowman707

    I like Doug Marrone but I really don’t think he is the best option for the Jags. Would much rather seen a McDaniels, Haley, or someone else influencing Bortles and their pathetic offense.

  4. Coughlin will have the Job of fixing Bortles would figure that they will spend a fourth or fifth round. Pick on a QB or trade for the Bengals backup

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