Wins and losses define NFL coaches, and if we judge Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on that standard, well, he might be out of a job. After winning ten games in 2017 and having the Jaguars one game away from a Super Bowl in his first full season as the team’s head coach, Marrone’s Jaguars have struggled, and according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Marrone could be gone by the end of the year.
Last season, with many expecting the Jaguars to have a lot of success, the team had a very disappointing 5-11 season, and in 2019, after 12 games, the Jaguars are 4-8 and will probably miss the playoffs.
“It’s really – It’s your resume that’s out there,” Marrone said on Wednesday. “You’re all professionals, and you’ve got to go out there and play well. My job is to win football games, obviously I’m extremely disappointed in the job that I’ve done. I’m extremely disappointed to let down the fans, like I said before, the sponsors, ownership, the rest of the building.
“But the players have been fighting, focused, practicing well, and we just have to figure out a way to win games and get a good taste back in your mouth. It’s such a bad taste when things are going the way they are right now. You can’t control what’s going to happen afterwards, but you can control everything while you’re here, so I’m trying to make sure that we have a clear vision of what we have to do. We have a clear goal in what we want to accomplish and [to] be able to stand up and motivate and lead the coaches and this team every day. And I think that in life, there’s going to be shit like this that happens, and this will help you down the road with it, and you better deal with it the right way, or we’ll put somebody else in there.”
With the signing of Nick Foles in the offseason, expectations were high in Jacksonville, but Foles got injured in Week 1 and struggled when he came back. Furthermore, things dissolved between the team and maybe their best player, Jalen Ramsey, who was eventually shipped to the Rams.
It might be tough for Marrone to keep his job after what happened the past two seasons, but if the team can finish strong, maybe owner Shad Khan will keep him around beyond this season. However, if this team continues to flounder, expect Jacksonville to go in a different direction in 2020.