We told you earlier today that the Jaguars were on the fast track toward naming a new head coach to replace the ousted Gus Bradley and that does indeed appear to be the case.
Multiple internet sites are reporting that after a near two-day long interview last week, the Jags will promote assistant head coach/offensive line coach Doug Marrone to the top spot.
The Jaguars have yet to officially announce the hiring but Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has cited sources in a report that says Marrone has accepted the job.
There are also reports of a more familiar person coming to help too:
League source confirms: Tom Coughlin is the #Jaguars Executive VP of Football Operations.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) January 9, 2017
It is believed that GM Dave Caldwell is surviving in this, but the Jaguars are reportedly ready to name Tom Coughlin as their new executive vice president of football operations.
Per Rapoport, Caldwell and Marrone will report to Coughlin and all three have either agreed to or have been signed to contracts extending through the 2019 season.
As for Marrone, he came to the Jaguars in 2015 after leaving a head coach’s position with the Bills and finished the season as the team’s interim head coach following Bradley’s dismissal.
The move no doubt comes as good news to the Jags down-state NFL sister team, the Buccaneers, who were in danger of losing defensive coordinator Mike Smith to the Jaguars.
Smith could still be lost, of course. The former Falcons head coach has also interviewed with the San Diego Chargers for their head coach’s opening and is still believed to be in the running there.
Despite, what we wrote earlier Monday about others believing that it would be a defensive minded head coach in Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith, it is instead an offensive guy, in Marrone. Marrone coached the final two games as the interim replacing Gus Bradley and the Jags clearly responded in both games.