As Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told the media on Sunday, there is some concern for his future with the team based on its performance this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was candid once again following the team’s 38-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He told the media in attendance that yes, he is still concerned about his future with the franchise.
After a 1-1 record as the interim coach in 2016, Marrone took over as the frontman of a team that went 10-6 in the regular season and made it to the AFC Championship game.
Since then, the bottom has fallen out to the tune of 11 wins and 21 losses. And with plenty of grumbling across the NFL and through various outlets, it’s not known what team owner Shad Khan will do about the front office and coaching staff.
Khan is set to meet with Marrone and the other members of the front office Tuesday morning, according to Adam Schefter.
Until then, it’s a waiting game.
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"“Am I disappointed? Obviously,” Marrone said via ESPN.com’s Michael DiRocco. “Am I concerned? Yes, you’re always concerned when you have a disappointing season, but for this moment, when I leave here after I’m done answering the questions [from the media] … I might have a little bit more than one beer.”"
Through the entire year, with speculation of a change in the coaching staff coming as soon as after the bye week following a 33-13 loss to Indianapolis, Marrone has tried to say the right things, steer the ship on the right path and not allow outside interferences, which are directly related to the inner workings of the organization, to distract what his task has been.
A heartfelt apology last week, acknowledging he did not feel he did his best job this season, had many thinking Marrone was already out the door. It was even discussed on Saturday, ahead of the final game of the season against the Colts by ESPN.com.
"“Marrone’s job status is up in the air and won’t be decided until he meets with owner Shad Khan in the middle of the week,” DiRocco added. “Marrone and a Khan spokesman both said an ESPN report on Saturday that Marrone had already been told he was not going to be retained was false. Marrone on Sunday called the report ‘kind of a joke.’”"
If you read into anything regarding the past 24 hours, the image of Khan giving Marrone a definitive high-five after the game could mean there won’t be a change this time around and there is a reprieve of sorts. The same may hold true for Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, who may be more on the hook for the team’s lack of success while he has held the title here in North Florida the past seven seasons.
But for now, it is Marrone who is the one with all eyes centered. The waiting game continues until Khan gives the final say.
"“You’re asked those questions quite a bit at the end of the year, every year,” Marrone said. “No matter what. ‘Hey, how are we going to do this? How are we going to get better? How are we going to change?’ Because the one thing, and I’ll say it again, Shad and Tony [Khan] want a great football team here. There’s no doubt in my mind, and they are two great owners.“Obviously, I’m not going to communicate that [what he will say] here. That’s for a private conversation, and ‘this is the way I feel, this what we have to do, this is what I need,’ and express those opinions and if it is the right direction, then I’m the right person for the job. If it isn’t, then I’m not, and that’s the case no matter what. And that’s the case in coaching forever.”"