The first overall pick isn’t a done deal for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the first-round pick in 2021’s draft. However many things could happen in the last two games of the year and they could end up giving the selection back to the New York Jets, who held it more most of the year up until they beat the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15. In order to make sure the team will keep the pick, they will have to take all variables into account including head coach Doug Marrone, who hasn’t waved the white flag just yet.
After the Jaguars’ 14-40 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15, Marrone assured everyone that his goal is still to try to win games and hasn’t tuned out yet. It’s true that the team has lost by a combined score of 71-24 in the last two games, but injuries mounting and a lack of playmakers on the roster have certainly played a big role.
Marrone certainly deserves blame for the team’s 1-14 record, and he will likely be given the pink slip once the season is over. Nevertheless, he’s still focused on winning the two upcoming games, and as slim as the odds might be, he will have a chance to achieve his goal.
Doug Marrone will keep the Jacksonville Jaguars on their toes.
Even if the ‘Jags’ aren’t actively trying to lose, they would surely prefer to keep the first overall pick than winning their two remaining games. The problem with that is that Marrone isn’t on the same wavelength as the organization and could spoil things by leading his squad to victory.
Keep in mind Marrone’s goals aren’t the same as the organization’s. In the highly unlikely case the Jaguars asked him to drop the next to games, he could do the opposite and win. After all, they will likely give him the boot in the offseason, so why should he oblige to their wishes?
If anything, Marrone has to put good tape for any future employers. It’s improbable that he will get a head coaching job in the NFL right out the gate, but he could get a gig as a defensive coordinator or move back to the college ranks.
It’s too early to tell how things will unfold for this Jacksonville team. Nevertheless, the Jaguars shouldn’t take the first overall pick for granted just yet.