Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Marrone lands coaching gig at Alabama
The former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach has moved on too.
The Jacksonville Jaguars move on from Doug Marrone after amassing a 1-15 record in his final season as a head coach. The breakup was necessary and isn’t really a bad thing, as both parties seem to be doing just fine in the aftermath. While the ‘Jags hired Urban Meyer to be their new head coach, Alabama is hiring Doug Marrone as their new offensive line coach, per Matt Zenitz of AL.com.
Not too long ago, reports of Marrone joining the Crimson Tide’s coaching to replace Kyle Flood as the team’s offensive line coach arose. The move may seem like a demotion at first sight and it kind of is, but offensive-line work is his expertise. Throughout his coaching career both at the college and pro level, Marrone held that position for more than six teams.
The New York native was the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008 and has moonlighted as a tight end coach at different stops, but coaching offensive lines is what he does best. In fact, he originally joined the ‘Jags’ as their offensive line coach and later got promoted to head coach when the team fired Gus Bradley in 2016.
The Jacksonville Jaguars had to part ways with Doug Marrone.
Marrone wasn’t able to recreate the success the Jaguars had in 2017, when they reached the AFC Championship and drop 36 out of his 48 games at the helm. For that reason, it made sense for the organization to give him the booth. That doesn’t mean anybody should hold grudges for his failure to win games in Jacksonville. He didn’t sabotage the Jaguars or intentionally looked for ways to lose, he just couldn’t win with the hand he was given (which was a bad one).
The Jaguars have a new head coach and Marrone has a new job. Things didn’t work out but it seems like both parties are going to be just fine, which is what matters after a breakup.