There is still a possibility that the Jacksonville Jaguars may move on from head coach Doug Marrone after the 2020 NFL season.
It’s one of the mantras the 55-year-old has preached over the past two seasons – the need to do better as the coach of the Jaguars, to make this a better team and to help his players do a better job on the field.
Now, with plenty of change this offseason and a new approach established by ownership and the front office, will Marrone get more than one year to make these changes work as a basic routine? I for one hope so.
After a 10-6 record in 2017 and a run through the playoffs, it has been all downhill for the Jaguars. Eleven wins in two seasons, turmoil on and off the field.
Changes in the management structure of the operation of the franchise and another message from owner Shad Khan that improvement must happen this season.
If Marrone is not on a hot seat inside the building at TIAA Bank Field, then it’s fairly warm in the hot Florida summer.
While the rumors have simmered down about the potential of this being Marrone’s last season in Jacksonville – along with general manager David Caldwell – mainly because of a solid draft class and additions on offense to help Gardner Minshew, what happens if this new mission goes south in a hurry?
The Jacksonville Jaguars face a much easier schedule in the first half of 2020 than in the back half where playoff-caliber teams stack the resume. Marrone needs to build victories early on – facing teams with potential rookie starters at quarterback – before their bye week.
Losing games in any form or fashion helps no one, but having Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert all on the schedule in the first eight weeks of the season should give the team’s defense a bit of incentive to have some of their best games of the year.
If there is a change with Marrone, I suspect it will come after the season, unless the wheels come off and the Jaguars can’t buy a victory. In that case, an interim head coach takes over and there is a good chance the front office may be looking for other work as well.
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