Doug Marrone Goes From Interim Head Coach to Head Coach
The Jaguars finished the season with a 3-13 record, but they are not making any significant changes to their coaching staff. They have decided to stick with their interim head coach. Doug Marrone only coached two games as the Jaguars’ head coach. Marrone should have taken over the head coaching job following the week 8 loss to the Tennessee Titans. This would have given the Jaguars a good look at what he can do. Now, they only have a two game sample of what he can do. This includes a second half collapse in week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Doug Marrone might be able to turn the team around, but it is difficult to judge. The Jaguars also hired a search committee only to hire an in-house coach. You might think that a search committee will find an outside coaching candidate and not settle with a coach you already know. There are plenty of good candidates out there, but the Jags stayed in-house. There are not a whole lot of proven coaches out there, but a new coach could provide the team with a spark.
No Changes at the Coordinator Positions
Another interesting decision is to keep the defensive coordinator. Players have come out saying they did not like the scheme so one may think that the Jags would have switched coordinators. Todd Walsh may have been following the scheme Gus Bradley made, but a change might be good. They could bring in a new defensive coordinator and let him have a say in the defense. Marrone will switch up the scheme now and Walsh will follow it, but bringing in a good defensive mind could have helped this team. The previous scheme didn’t allow players to be great which was obvious by their lack of forcing turnovers. Hopefully, Marrone and Walsh will listen to the players and let them show their talents.
Nathaniel Hackett will reportedly be brought back as the offensive coordinator, but plans could change. The Jags really should make a change at offensive coordinator to switch the coaching up. Currently the Jags have the same head coach, offensive, and defensive coordinator they had in week 17. This team went 3-13 and really should have changes at the coaching positions. The Jags are bringing in new assistant and position coaches, but they should make a change at the main coaching positions.
Marrone will be making many changes on offensive side as well, but keeping OC Nathaniel Hackett and TE coach Ron Middleton
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2017
The positive of this offseason is the hiring of Tom Coughlin as the Executive VP of Football Operations. Coughlin should have most of the control of the team, which should be good. He does have a good mind for football and should help the team in the offseason. It will be interesting to see how he handles the draft and free agency as he could definitely help the team’s performance during those periods.
The coaching staff may not look the most promising, but this is still a talented team. These players can win games and they just need the right discipline and the right scheme to let them shine.