Jaguars name Doug Marrone interim head coach after firing Gus Bradley
It was the obvious and expected move
The Jacksonville Jaguars named Doug Marrone interim head coach on Monday, less than 24 hours after firing Gus Bradley.
Marrone joined Jacksonville after serving as head coach of the Buffalo Bills and stepping away amid a weird scenario involving his contract.
The offensive line coach was also already the assistant head coach, making him an obvious choice for the job. Marrone is also a pretty obvious candidate for the full-time job as well.
Interim situations are weird because oftentimes there's a misleading bump in production following a coach being fired, leading to the belief that the interim coach is the right guy to run the show on a full-time basis.
Marrone has pretty good credentials, though, having led the Bills to their only winning season since 2004. He didn't make the playoffs, but 9-7 in Buffalo is a hard thing to pull off. Rex Ryan would sign for it in a heartbeat.
Clearly the Jaguars like him, and as noted by the team's release on the announcement, the Jags are on pace to allow just 35 sacks, which would be the team's lowest total since allowing 31 in 2007.
Blake Bortles might be broken, but at least he's upright.
Complicating matters is the quarterback position, though. Does maintaining the status quo given Bortles regression make a lot of sense? Marrone has had success as an offensive guy in other places. As offensive coordinator for the Saints from 2006-08, Marrone's unit was top five in yards three times and top five in points twice.
There are some pretty strong options out there (Josh McDaniels anyone?) but it would hardly be surprising if Marrone coached the Jaguars to two wins to close out the season and convince some people he should run the show, even if it ultimately isn't the smartest move.
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