Jaguars: Doug Marrone’s seat one of the hottest in the NFL
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone is one of the first head coaches who figures to be fired after the end of the regular season.
With each week that passes, it would appear that the Jacksonville Jaguars ownership will wait until after the season to make changes to the coaching staff and potentially the front office.
That does not mean figureheads aren’t fully aware of the state of affairs within the building at TIAA Bank Field.
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"″We’re all fighting for our jobs,″ head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday when he met with the media prior to the team’s practice.″Everybody’s fighting to maintain, to try to stay in the league. Whether it’s players by doing a good job being able to perform so they can keep a job, or whether it be coaches doing a good job with their position group, or whether it be me trying to win football games. It’s a constant evaluation in this league. But I think it even gets more of a microscope when you’re not winning football games.”"
Marrone once again finds himself on another list of coaches who figure to be looking for work after the first of the year. Patrik Walker of cbssports.com has the embattled frontman of the Jaguars firmly in the on-deck circle behind Pat Shurmur of the New York Giants in the latest list of 12 head coaches on the hot seat.
Things have gotten desperate here in Jacksonville amid a five-game losing streak and the cries from the fan base to change the narrative that starts at the top with Tom Coughlin, the Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations, and runs right to Marrone and his staff after another losing season.
Jacksonville is currently 4-9 with the Oakland Raiders on the schedule this weekend.
"“Remember when watching the Jaguars was fun this season? It was a magical time that saw rookie Gardner Minshew step in for an injured Nick Foles and have his way with the league, but that rollercoaster fell off the rails a while ago,” Walker writes.“Foles was reinserted into the starting role once healthy and after the magic of Minshew died, but the wins didn’t return. With losses mounting, Marrone then placed Minshew back in the lineup but, you guessed it, the wins have still yet to return.”"
It is believed that even if the Jaguars were to somehow muster three straight wins and change a bit of the hope for the city of Jacksonville for the Christmas holiday, change is almost a guarantee. After getting the Jaguars to the AFC title game in 2017, this is a franchise that has tumbled to a 9-20 record. No matter what kind of spin is put on how the team has dealt with injuries or distractions off the field, this organization needs a shot of adrenaline.
"“In the end, this season will mark the second in a row in Marrone’s three-year tenure with the Jaguars wherein they’ve not made the playoffs, and it’s highlighted by a sideline argument with All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey that led to team exec Tom Coughlin and owner Shad Khan shipping him to the Los Angeles Rams,” Walker adds."
The Jaguars defense statistically is considered one of the worst in the league, giving up an average of 25.9 points per game while scoring just 17.7 points a contest.
"“It’s not something Khan truly wanted to do but felt it prudent to side with Coughlin and Marrone in the matter,” Walker states.“Clearly, however, the Ramsey dilemma was not the [only] problem within the organization, and now Marrone finds himself on the chopping block as the offseason approaches. The same goes for Coughlin, who will likely be more than willing to sacrifice Marrone to save his own hide.”"