Jaguars Doug Marrone walks into 2019 already on the hot seat
By David Levin
Even though his team hasn’t taken an official snap in 2019, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone walks into the new year already on the hot seat.
It might be a long offseason for Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, but that doesn’t mean he is away of the changes that need to be made to this franchise. After his second full season at the helm of the football team, Marrone and his coaching staff will need to make changes to the day-to-day operation of this roster.
Failure to do so could mean another head coach stands at the podium inside TIAA Bank Field once rookie mini camp begins in 2020. It’s not just Marrone who feels the heat. David Caldwell, the team’s general manager and executive vice-president of football operations Tom Coughlin is aware of it as well.
The commitment team owner Shad Khan has made to this trio is contingent on the success of the team next season. What happens beyond 2019 is still a work in progress. Marrone has said on many occasion he has not done a good enough job with this roster, working to make sure they are ready to win. He said he wants another opportunity to fix what is wrong, to give the city of Jacksonville what it deserves.
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Now begins that chance to prove he can fix what is broken.
"“I’m excited to prove I can turn this thing around,” Marrone said on Monday when he met with the media following Jacksonville’s 20-3 loss to Houston to close out the season with a 5-11 record.“I can promise you this: it’s not going to be for a lack of effort [in changing what went wrong in 2018].”"
Marrone has been candid and transparent throughout the course of the season, talking about how he is the measuring stick for the team’s success, telling media members he has not done a good job in helping the team win. Injuries have played a big role in the outcome of the season, one that saw the team lose six games by six points of less.
With free agency around the corner and the NFL Draft in three months, it’s a new chance to make a change for the better.
"As John Oehser, senior writer for Jaguars.com added, “Marrone said he emphasized in his end-of-the-year meeting Monday with players the importance of “availability and coachability,” presenting statistics showing the benefits of meeting offseason workout goals and attending voluntary offseason organized team activities.”"
There could be many changes to the team’s roster this coming season, most notably at quarterback, running back and on the offensive and defensive line. That does not mean there won’t be a bevy of talent to work with. This team must regroup and stick to the gameplan, which will include a new offensive coordinator and new members of the coaching staff.
Marrone is ready to dig in and work. Changing the culture of this franchise is once again at the top of the list he said he would make this offseason.
"“I do have some thoughts,” he said. “I’m going to put pen to paper to those thoughts, because I have to present them to our owner and management.”"
Hopefully, it’s another list of how this team can go from worst to first in the AFC South and once again challenge for a playoff berth and possible Super Bowl run.