With two weeks left in the 2016 season Gus Bradley was relieved of his duties. The Jaguars will announce their plans moving forward later today at 2pm, when Dave Caldwell will meet with the media for a press conference. It is believed that the interim head coach will be announced at that time.
So who will it be?
The obvious choice is Doug Marrone, who is currently the Jaguars offensive line coach and the assistant head coach. Marrone has two years of head coaching experience in the NFL, and unlike almost every other former head coach, he wasn't fired by his former team -- he left the Bills after there was a change in ownership. Marrone had some success in Buffalo despite not having much to work with at QB (Nearly half of his games, he was stuck with E.J. Manuel as the starting QB. Marrone also has experience as a head coach in college. He was the head coach at Syracuse prior to being hired by the Bills. Marrone is the Jaguars only assistant that has any sort of head coaching experience and would be the most logical choice as he was already the team's assitant head coach.
I will be surprised if it isn't Marrone that gets named interim head coach today, but there are some other options.
Todd Wash, who is the Jaguars first year defensive coordinator, is well respected with in the locker room and by the front office. In his first year as defensive coordinator the Jaguars have seen a rapid improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Wash has no head coaching experience on the college or pro level and is somewhat thought of as a "Gus Bradley Guy" as he came to Jacksonville with Gus Bradley from Seattle.
The Jaguars other coordinator is Nathaniel Hackett, who was not the offensive coordinator to start the season. He's a young guy with a fiery and exciteable spirit, but likely isn't yet qualified to even be an interim head coach. While Wash spent much of his career coaching under Gus Bradley, Hackett has been an assistant for Marrone at each of his last three stops. Hackett is a smart offensive mind, but it certainly doesn't seem like Hackett is on track to interim coach.
There is seemingly no one else on the coaching staff that would make any logical sense to be the interim coach.
Make sure to be tuned in to jaguars.com at 2 pm today to find out what's in store in the near future for our beloved Jags.
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