Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced on Tuesday morning he will retain both general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone in 2020.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will have the same look as it did last season at this time when it was decided this morning that general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone were both retained for next season.
The decision made by team owner Shad Khan was explained in a statement he released through the Jaguars public relations department. As it is understood, the entire coaching staff under Marrone has been retained and both he and Caldwell will report directly to the team’s owner.
The position of Executive Vice-President of Football Operations that was created for Tom Coughlin prior to the 2017 season until he was fired prior to Christmas has been eliminated.
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As part of Shad Khan’s statement, he emphasized his disappointment in the 2019 season and hopes the decision to retain the front office will lead to more wins next year.
"“I have met on several occasions over the past few days with Dave Caldwell, Doug Marrone, and their staffs to fully understand their plans to reverse our course and compete for a postseason berth in 2020. In addition, I held numerous one-on-one meetings with players on Monday and thoroughly appreciated their candor and thoughtful views – some expected, some not – on the season behind us and where we go from here,” Khan said.“While our discussions will remain confidential, the decision I am making to keep our staff intact for 2020 has nothing to do with our victory on Sunday and everything to do with my positive meetings with Dave, Doug, the coordinators, and our players, as well as my belief that this is not the time to consider an overhaul of our organization.”"
The Jaguars finished the season 6-10 with a 38-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The season was one of turmoil, injuries, and surprises, none of which may have been greater than Gardner Minshew’s emergence as the quarterback of this team after replacing Nick Foles in the first quarter of the first game of the season because of a broken collarbone and taking the position back when Foles proved to be ineffective in Week’s 11-13, all three losses by the Jaguars.
Jalen Ramsey was another hot topic as the Pro Bowl cornerback was at odds with management and forced a trade in mid-season to the Los Angeles Rams where the Jaguars were given two first-round picks and a fourth as part of the deal.
The Jaguars had issues on both sides of the ball throughout the year, which included a five-game losing streak in the second half of the season. Jacksonville did win two of their last three games. Khan said while he made his decision with the belief there will be changes and improvements moving forward.
"“The 2019 season was unacceptable and I’ve made my dissatisfaction clear,” Khan added. “While many unusual circumstances influenced our season, none can fully explain or defend our second-half collapse with first place in the division within reach on Week 9. At the same time, there were positive developments and contributions that should not be overlooked.”"
With the news of everyone returning, the organization now has decisions to make with the roster, free agency, and the NFL Draft. Jacksonville has two of the first 20 picks in the first round in April. Caldwell must now decide if the franchise wants to keep pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue by either offering him a new contract or by designating the franchise tag.