Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone may have the right hard-nosed approach to turn the team info winners after years of trying to be simply good enough.
Many fans were unhappy with the choice of Doug Marrone to be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ new head coach. However, his experience and past history indicate that he will make the Jaguars a winner.
He will make the Jaguars a winner because he has the right experience, past success, and philosophy to produce a winner. His experience includes: pro football player, coaching in a variety of settings, and taking two separate teams from losers to winners. Additionally he has a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coaching philosophy. Some of these aspects appeal more to some than others, but it is in keeping with many Super Bowl-winning coaches across history.
Marrone played pro football in the NFL and Europe
Doug Marrone played in the NFL from 1987-1989. He played for the London Monarchs in 1991-92. While not necessarily unique among NFL coaches, it is always a positive to be able to understand professional football from the perspective of a former player. Marrone is able to relate to his players because of this experience.
Marrone has experience coaching in college and pro football
Coach Marrone was a college assistant from 1992-2001. He coached at Syracuse University from 2009-2012. He coached the New York Jets offensive line from 2002-2005, was the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator from 2006-2008, and the Buffalo Bills head coach during the 2013-2014 seasons. He worked as the Jaguars assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2015 and 2016. This experience in a wide variety of settings and with many different coaches gives him the ability to know many solutions to a problem. The varied experience has given Marrone the ability to pull what works from each situation and craft a coaching approach that is adaptable.
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Marrone changed the losing culture of two teams
Syracuse had a record of 10-37 prior to Marrone’s arrival. During his tenure the record was 25-25. This record is not exciting but shows team improvement. His record was 15-17 in Buffalo. Marrone’s Buffalo Bills team produced a 9-7 record in his second season. This 2014 record was their first winning season since 2004.
Marrone’s no-nonsense coaching style is needed by the Jaguars
Coach Marrone’s more exacting style will be a welcome change for a team that played undisciplined football according to more commentators than I can cite. Kaleel Weatherly reports that his Buffalo teams didn’t surrender big plays. In addition, his Buffalo defenses were ranked 10th in 2013 and 4th in 2014.
In conclusion, Doug Marrone has experience playing and coaching, has produced winners in his two head coaching experiences, and has a coaching style suited to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will field a much improved product.