Ranking 5 best head coaches in Jaguars history, where does Doug Pederson land?

• Doug Marrone burned bright with the Jaguars in 2017

• Doug Pederson accomplished big things in 2022

• Tom Coughlin wasn't a good EVP but he knew how to coach

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson waves after an interview during an NFL Draft watch.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson waves after an interview during an NFL Draft watch. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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No. 3 head coach in Jacksonville Jaguars history: Doug Marrone

Would you rather be good but not great for a long period of time or would you prefer to burn bright one time and fade into darkness the following year? If given the choice, Doug Marrone would probably pick the latter option because that's precisely how his tenure with the Jaguars went.

Marrone is one of those coaches that have gotten second chances in the NFL. After getting his walking papers from the Buffalo Bills, he coached the Jaguars' offensive line, his area of expertise. But not long after getting hired, he would become the interim when Gus Bradley was relieved of his charge. Marrone then got the job on a full-time basis in 2017 and proceeded to take Jacksonville to the AFC Championship in his first full season at the helm.

With building blocks such as cornerback Jalen Ramsey, defensive end Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, the future seemed bright. Unfortunately, the Jags came crashing down in 2018 and they weren't able to recreate the success they had in the remainder of Marrone's tenure as the head coach.

Sure, the front office failed to provide Marrone with enough playmakers, and by 2020, the team was devoid of talent at pretty much every position group. That year, Marrone seemed exhausted and going through the motions. Not surprisingly, the Jags let him walk by the end of the season.

Marrone left Jacksonville with a 24-43 record but his two playoff wins are the second-most in team history. Also, he had one great season, and that's something, not many head coaches can say they've accomplished in the NFL.