Shad Khan is giving general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone another chance
Pandemonium reigned over social media Tuesday Morning as word came out of Jacksonville Florida that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be retaining Head Coach Doug Marrone and team GM Dave Caldwell. The Jaguars announced the move early Tuesday, and for the most part the fans are not to happy.
Khan announced Tuesday that he was keeping both in their roles for at least the 2020 season despite a second consecutive losing season after the team’s surprising run to the AFC title game in 2017. Khan fired executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin on Dec. 18, two days after the NFLPA’s scathing rebuke and warning to players to be wary of signing with the Jaguars, and he has apparently determined that the bulk of the blame for this season falls at Coughlin’s feet.
Khan said in a statement he doesn’t believe this was the time to make a complete change in the organization.
“While our discussions will remain confidential, the decision I am making to keep our staff intact for 2020 has nothing to do with our victory on Sunday and everything to do with my positive meetings with Dave, Doug, the coordinators and our players, as well as my belief that this is not the time to consider an overhaul of our organization,” he said.
“The 2019 season was unacceptable and I’ve made my dissatisfaction clear. While many unusual circumstances influenced our season, none can fully explain or defend our second-half collapse with first place in the division within reach on Week 9. At the same time, there were positive developments and contributions that should not be overlooked.”
Caldwell and Marrone have two years remaining on the contract extensions they were given after the 2017 season.
“We came out of our AFC Championship Game season of 2017 by making a four-year commitment to the collective leadership of our football operations,” Khan said. “Only two seasons have passed and one change from that leadership team has already been made. I want to see what we produce under a new organizational structure in 2020. Goals have been established. Accountability will be paramount.
“As part of our new framework, the position of Executive Vice President of Football Operations will not be filled in 2020. Dave and Doug will each continue to report directly to me, as they have since mid-December. Our work begins immediately. We have a lot of draft capital in our favor to help us achieve our goals for 2020, and beyond.
“Finally, I was struck and impressed, but not surprised, by the strong showing of our fans Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The euphoria and passion was genuine and appreciated by everyone with our team, and that goes double for me. My sincere thanks to everyone. It was a moment that underlines the fact that nothing beats having a winning football team. It’s my obligation to deliver one to Jacksonville in 2020.”
The Jaguars’ victory Sunday against Indianapolis made Marrone’s record in his three seasons 22-28, which includes an 11-21 mark since winning the AFC South with a 10-6 record in 2017 and an appearance in the AFC title game.
The Jaguars were one of the league’s worst teams in the second half of the season, losing five games in a row by more than 17 points — the first time that’s happened since the 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers did it. The team’s biggest downfalls this season were undisciplined play and the defense’s steep decline. The Jaguars’ run defense has not been good, giving up more than 200 yards rushing in four games for the first time in franchise history and finishing 28th in rush defense.