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Jaguars owner Khan will keep coach Marrone- GM Caldwell

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Owner Shad Khan has made his decision for the Jaguars short-term future, and in a bit of an intriguing move, he will keep coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell in place.

Khan announced through the team website and social media that he has decided not to fire Marrone and bring him back for a fourth full season:

Caldwell will remain in charge, at least for now, of both free agency and the upcoming draft in April. He has been with the team, since 2013.

There had been much uncertainty around the futures of both, especially after Khan fired VP of Football, Tom Coughlin, two weeks ago. This, as the Jags spiraled downward for a second straight losing season after a decent start.

Despite an injury to prize free agent quarterback Nick Foles in week one, rookie Gardner Minshew rallied the Jaguars and got their record to 4 – 4. However, the team lost five games in a row after that putting everyone on the football side in jeopardy.

Coughlin’s fate was sealed when he angered star defensive back Jalen Ramsey early in the year. Ramsey then basically gave up on playing for the team in the middle of the season and was repeatedly inactive. He was eventually traded to the Rams for two number one picks in October.

Then, when it came to light that the NFLPA and former Jaguar Dante Fowler had won an arbitration appeal of having $700,000 of his money withheld in fines from him last off season, that was enough for Khan to get rid of Coughlin.

The Jaguars did win two of their final three games, including Sunday’s 38 – 20 victory over Indianapolis.

Khan went out of his way in his statement Tuesday morning to say that his decision was not based on that game or the Finish to the year, but obviously, it helped Marrone that the team did not just simply fall apart and lose out. The Jags re 11-21 his last two years.

Khan’s decision Tuesday came on the heels of this blatantly wrong ESPN report Saturday (that Khan quickly dispelled) that Marrone had been told he would fired Sunday evening:

Jacksonville is two years removed from a 10-win season and two playoff victories led by Marrone, but that seems like a distant memory now with back-to-back 10 loss seasons.

Still, Tuesday’s decision is a clear indication that Khan believed the Coughlin was the bigger problem and that maroon and Caldwell without him deserve at least this offseason in the upcoming year to demonstrate that they can get Jacksonville back into playoff contention

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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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