The Jacksonville Jaguars will hire Doug Marrone as head coach. The move promotes Marrone from the interim coach position he got near the end of the 2016 season.
Also on Monday, the team announced the hiring of ex-coach Tom Coughlin to a front office position, the executive vice president of football operations. Coughlin was rumored to be in the running for the head coaching position earlier this season.
Marrone has been offered the job and will reportedly take the challenge. The former Buffalo Bills head coach (2013 and 2014) was an assistant and offensive line coach for the Jaguars in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Marrone as permanent head coach after interim stint
The team fired previous head coach Gus Bradley in mid-December after another failed season. Marrone took over the final games as interim head coach.
The veteran Coughlin was the Jaguars’ first head coach in franchise history handling the team from 1995 to 2002. He recently worked for the New York Giants as head coach (2004 to 2015) and as an NFL official working for the league’s football operations this season.
The official Jaguars’ Twitter account confirmed the set of hiring on Monday.
In a related Jaguars’ move, the team also extended the contract of Dave Caldwell as general manager. Marrone, Coughlin and Caldwell’s contracts will all expire after the 2019 season, NFL.com noted.
The Jaguars are off another disappointing campaign this regular season. They had a 3-13 record, one of the worst marks in the league this year. Jacksonville has not made the playoffs the last nine seasons.
The Jaguars are the 10th team in recent years that have promoted an interim head coach to a full time position. However, these moves have not made teams more successful, according to ESPN.
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