According to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars are "likely" to fire head coach Doug Marrone following the 2019 season.
It should come as no surprise that Marrone is under fire. He's produced two straight disappointing seasons as the Jaguars head man. What is a bit surprising is that there's an official report out with four weeks left in the season.
Garofolo did hedge just a bit, saying, "It's going to depend on what happens in these next couple of games." But the writing is on the wall at this point.
After a magnificent first season as the Jaguars head coach in 2017 — in which the team won ten regular-season games and made it to the AFC Championship (Myles Jack wasn't down) — the Jaguars haven't been able to replicate the same success. In 2018, the team won just five games after starting the season 3-1. In 2019, things haven't gotten better. The Jaguars are 4-8 — losers of four straight contests — with no reason to believe a turn around is imminent.
Marrone hasn't always been dealt the best hand in terms of personnel and injuries, but the NFL is a results-driven business.
Relationships within the Jaguars' organization seem to be declining substantially. How else would such a report surface, but from within the organization?
Marrone publicly shared last week that some criticized him within the organization for how he handled the offseason and training camp.
Now that the Jaguars appear ready to move on from Doug Marrone, several questions remain. Who will replace him? But perhaps more importantly, who will get to make that decision? Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell should undoubtedly be on the hot seat as well.
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