Connect with us

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars coach Marrone- GM Caldwell still have no assurances

Florida Football Insiders

Published

on

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the final week of the NFL season rolls into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it’s not all “holiday cheer” in several places, where potential coaching and front office changes are looming. One of those remains with the Jaguars and despite a national report Sunday morning about the statuses of Coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell, we’ve been told they’ve been given no assurance that they will have jobs after Sunday.

First, here’s the report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport Sunday morning prior to the Jaguars 24 – 12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons:

Now, Rapaport, who is highly regarded as one of the best information people in pro football, definitely had someone telling him that Marrone and Caldwell could be safe. However, it’s entirely possible that that leak is coming from either Marrone and/or Caldwell, themselves, or someone that represents them, in an attempt to help persuade owner Shad Khan to keep them.

This is especially after VP of Football Tom Coughlin was unceremoniously fired last Wednesday night after the team’s fortunes plummeted over the last two seasons and numerous off-the-field situations involving  Coughlin have continued. Prominent players Dante Fowler and Jalen Ramsey were traded separately to the Rams, linebacker and captain Telvin Smith abruptly retired in May in the prime of his career and other animosity exists between players and management within the Jags building, too.

However, a source that has repeatedly given us insight into the dynamic and dysfunction behind the scenes in Jacksonville, repeated to F.F.I. Monday that Coughlin’s firing isn’t a sign of keeping Marrone and Caldwell. And, post loss to Atlanta, they have not been giving any reassurance, yet, that they will be coming back for 2020.

Rapoport also clearly stated Sunday that how Jacksonville looked in their final two games would be a factor in Khan’s decision. and for the most part on Sunday they played poorly, again, just like they had an Oakland the week before.

Now, in the Raiders game, quarterback Gardner Minshew rallied them for two touchdowns in the final five minutes and victory, but that didn’t happen in Atlanta.

Minshew got them in the end zone once in the fourth quarter and drove the Jaguars inside the 10-yard line with a chance to get another touchdown in the final three minutes of the game before the Falcons stopped them on fourth-and-goal.

So, it was a loss, which is the Jag sixth in seven games, and they now will close out the season at home with the Colts Sunday afternoon.

The Jags also have significant decisions to make, including what to do about now bench quarterback Nick Foles whom they gave a QB franchise-record $50 million guaranteed to and is still owed a good chunk of that money over the next two years on the cap.

They also have to figure out what to do with running back Leonard Fournette and whether to pick up the fifth year option on his rookie contract, which is very likely. However, Fournette’s productivity the last two years is way down and it’s uncertain as to his future in North Florida beyond this season.

So, there are a lot of variables with the season coming to an end. However, the biggest ones are: whether the GM and the coach are going to survive/be around to try to mend relationships and turn it around?

Again, our source still tells us that Khan is very interested, if he can, in luring a strong proven coach with experience to be some type of head coach / personnel or GM in the front office combined.

That may be unrealistic given the Jaguars small market size and the difficulty of having both roles, anyway.

Bottom line: it’s all undecided, for now, in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars hire former Redskins coach Gruden as OC

Florida Football Insiders

Published

on

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t take long for the Jaguars to come up with a new offensive coordinator and it will be a very familiar name to fans of the NFL and in specific, in Florida. Former Redskins coach and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has been hired buy coach Doug Marrone to assume play-calling duties.

NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport had the news first on Tuesday night, that the Jags had settled on the Redskins coach who was fired during his sixth season back in October:

Gruden, the younger brother of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, was fired in October after the Skins 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but were beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars had also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and had also been considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears last Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother with the Buccaneers, including their 2002 Super Bowl win.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars interviewing former Redskins coach Jay Gruden for OC

Florida Football Insiders

Published

on

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars continue to look for a new offensive coordinator in an interesting name with Florida connections has emerged.

Fox Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday that former Redskins head coach and longtime Arena Football League star player and coach in the Sunshine State, Jay Gruden is on their radar:

Gruden was fired in October after an 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but we’re beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars have also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and are said to also be considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Jacksonville’s offense sputtered at times this past season, although it was handicapped when prized free agent quarterback Nick Foles was hurt in the first game of the season and missed 9 weeks with a fractured collarbone. Rookie sixth round pick, Gardner Minshew, was good at times in relief and helped Jacksonville win six games overall with his play.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother Jon Gruden with the Buccaneers.

Of course, the elder Gruden is now the coach of the Raiders again, and they are slated to move to Las Vegas for this fall. And, it’s entirely possible that Jay Gruden could be joining his brother with them, as well.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement Shop thousands of officially-licensed NFL items at NFLShop.com

Trending