The Jaguars made a mega splash today by retaining Doug Marrone and making him the new Head Coach, effectively removing his interim tag. Then it was revealed that Tom Coughlin would rejoin the Jaguars as the team's Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Then it was released that General Manager Dave Caldwell, along with Marrone and Coughlin would be signed through the 2019 season. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported on Marrone and Coughlin, while local beat writer for First Coast News, Mike Kaye, broke word on the Caldwell extension.
Let's start where it all began today. The Jaguars named Doug Marrone the Head Coach. This is a move that confused many, but what confused me wasn't the fact that they chose Doug Marrone, who was the second or third most qualified guy for the job behind only Tom Coughlin and maybe Mike Smith, but the process that lead to the hiring. I'm not sure why the Jaguars held onto Gus Bradley until week 15 if they belived that Marrone could be the long term replacement, so that remains a mystery in my mind. But Marrone is a no non-sense guy and was the only former head coach on the market that never got fired from his previous head coaching post -- he left Buffalo on his own.
Then, to the excitement of the entire city of Jacksonville, it leaked that Tom Coughlin would be the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the team. Coughlin has a good eye for talent, drafted well as the GM of the Jaguars in the late 90's and early 2000's, and is one of the most respected minds of the modern game.
Shortly afterwards it was revealed that General Manager Dave Caldwell's contract would be extended though 2019. Many have been critical of Caldwell lately, and they are not without cause.
All three guys are now signed through 2019. It's clear that Marrone will be the head coach, but the roles of Coughlin and Caldwell will be interesting to watch play out. Is Coughlin now THE GUY when it comes to football? Or is Caldwell his boss? Or will they share power equally? Will there be too many cooks in the Jaguars kitchen?
We will see how this all plays out, but this is surely one of the most historic days in franchise history.
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