The Jacksonville Jaguars opted to keep head coach Doug Marrone and general manager David Caldwell. Were they better served to have cleaned house instead?
The idea of cleaning house is one thrown around a tad too often in professional sports. Not everyone in a building in incompetent. Sometimes, you just need to remove one bad hire for the whole organization to improve. But does this principle apply to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who opted to keep head coach Doug Marrone and general manager David Caldwell heading into 2020?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, try to understand what Jaguars owner Shahid Khan did by firing the former executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin but choosing to retain Marrone and Caldwell (55:24).
Neither Verderame or Schwartz thought cleaning house was necessary with the Jaguars’ situation. Verderame thinks Marrone is a good coach and would like to see how he does at least without Coughlin doling out fines for no reason whatsoever to his players. Besides, how can you be sure Khan would be able to land a head coach better than Marrone on the open market?
After reaching the 2017 AFC Championship game, Khan opted to extend Caldwell, Coughlin and Marrone for four years to see this thing build down in Jacksonville. Just because he had to pull the plug on the Coughlin experiment doesn’t mean he should part ways with Caldwell and Marrone as well. Odds are, the Jaguars players will perform better without being fined an inordinate amount.
While Verderame’s praise of Marrone makes sense, Caldwell seems to be getting by the skin of his teeth in the front office. The Jacksonville general manager did draft and extend Blake Bortles and then paid a ton of cash to Nick Foles to not win a single game last year. However, he does have several picks coming back his way in the near future, especially after dealing away Jalen Ramsey.
Overall, we should see the Jaguars play a more consistent brand of football next year with Coughlin being out of the building alone. Continuity will be key in this team finding itself in 2020. This team has undeniable talent, but will this organization be able to get the most out of it?
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- John Dorsey out with the Browns (8:08)
- Verderame sounds off on Josh McDaniels (12:11)
- Who will play in conference championships? (40:36)
- Best of this weekend (58:07)
All this and more!