Per Adam Schefter of ESPN Doug Marrone will be named the Jaguars head coach. Following a head coaching search that spanned roughly three weeks and over a handful of candidates, the Jaguars will hire their interim head coach to be their full time coach moving forward.
Marrone was the Jaguars interim head coach for the final two games of the 2016 season. He went 1-1 over the two game stretch and was able to change the focus of the team from "getting better" to actually "winning".
This coaching hire will not come without criticism, but Marrone was certainly one of the more qualified candidates for the job and will likely keep on Nathaniel Hackett as the offensive coordinator, which will make Blake Bortles very happy. Bortles commented earlier in the coaching search that he would like to see Hackett return to the Jaguars in 2017.
It does beg the question why didn't the Jaguars fire Gus Bradley earlier if they thought that Marrone could be the guy long term? And what took the process so long?
Marrone, who is 52 years old, has two years and two games of experience as an NFL head coach. He was the head coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and 2014, and despite having what many would consider subpar talent, he guided the Bills to a 15-17 record, and went 9-7 in his final year with the team. Marrone, unlike nearly every other former head coach, wasn't fired from his job -- he quit following a change in ownership/management. Since Marrone joined the Jaguars in 2015 he has served as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach and the interim head coach for two games.
Prior to becoming the Bills head coach in 2013, Marrone spent four years as the head coach at Syracuse.
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