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Jaguars Marrone auditioning for job again like 2016?

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It was Christmas Eve of 2016 and the Jaguars were set to play host to Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. And, this game came six days after owner Shad Khan had fired then coach Gus Bradley and head named assistant head coach, Doug Marrone, as his interim.

Now, just like three seasons ago, Marrone may very well be auditioning for the job in the final two weeks of 2019.

Marrone met with the media on Thursday, a day after Khan jettisoned VP of Football Tom Coughlin after one nightmare off-the-field embarrassment after another and a whole lot of losing the last two seasons.

As you would expect, Marrone was very realistic, telling the media that he and the players understand that all of their jobs are on the line with two games remaining:

“We’re all fighting for our jobs- our life, really. I mean, that’s what we do, as coaches. We all know that. That’s what the situation is. No different for the players. They have the same thing.”

The good news for Marrone is that he had success three years ago in this situation, as the Jags defeated the Titans that day costing them a shot at the playoffs, and even injured Marcus Mariota with a broken leg in the process. Further ,the Jaguars played very competitively in a narrow loss the following week to the Colts.

Eventually, Khan brought Coughlin, the original architect of the Jaguars and their successes in the 1990s, back to run his football operation. And, Coughlin decided that Marrone deserved the chance to be the full-time head coach.

We know that the Jaguars soared to playoff success in year one of Coughlin/Marrone with two postseason wins before narrowly losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game in late January of 2018.

But, we also know that the Jaguars have floundered the last two seasons amid high expectation from their owner that they would still be a contender.

The good news for the Jags embattled coach is his team rallied to beat Oakland in the 4th quarter last week and snapped a five-game losing streak. It would be better news, if with the weight of coughlin’s iron-fisted ways removed from them, that the Jaguars further respond by playing well and winning one or both of the remaining games.

Those are at Atlanta Sunday and coincidentally, at home with the same Indianapolis Colts Marrone finished with three years ago.

Again, we at F.F.I. were told by a source close to the situation two weeks ago the Khan was fed up with the off field issues that couldn’t be overcome and led to players Dante Fowler, Telvin Smith and Jalen Ramsey no longer being around. And, that he is heavily leading towards firing not only Coughlin, but GM Dave Caldwell as well as Marrone, and starting over.

And, that Khan may even look to hire a coach / GM to run the whole thing. “A Splash hire,” as it was described to us.

So, who knows how much this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and next week’s final game with the Colts at home would mean and could save Marrone’s job or not? It may mean nothing.

All we know is that he was in this situation before, and in a short sample, the team responded.

To the negative, we further know that if the Jags continue to be bad and lose one or both of these games, while everyone including Khan is watching, then likely the “slate will be cleaned” as soon as the Monday after the season.

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Jaguars hire former Redskins coach Gruden as OC

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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.

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Jaguars interviewing former Redskins coach Jay Gruden for OC

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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.

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