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Marrone philosophical about fate after Sunday final game

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The Jaguars concluded the 2019 campaign with a second win in their final three games by clubbling the Colts after halftime in a 38 – 20 win at TIAA Bank field. And now, the bigger story is: what’s the future for coach Doug Marrone?

For his part, Marrone made it clear Sunday night after the game that he’s not only been in communication with owner Shahid Khan but he doesn’t believe any decision has been made:

It is interesting, if not odd, that Marrone has on multiple times over the last three weeks expressed the he is remorseful or even “sorry” for the teams performance and for how bad the team has been overall in the last couple of years.

It’s almost as if  he senses on his own, or that Khan has let it be known, that some acceptance of blame and public self – shaming for a second straight losing season is somehow going to factor in to whether or not to keep Marrone?

Marrone also referred in his press conference Sunday night to ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini’s Saturday report/tweet that Maronne had been told he was going to be fired after Sunday, calling it “kind of a joke.”

And Khan, through his spokesman on Saturday, had quickly debunked the report by saying he hadn’t met with or reached a decision on Marrone.

Still, Khan could in short order go ahead and meet with Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell and elect to dismiss both, one or neither of them. And, if he is firing one or both of them, logic would be that he would do that within the next day or two. That’s because, there are already coaching openings (Washington, Carolina, Cleveland) and soon to be several more, where teams will have a jump on the Jags potentially trying to get a new head coach.

One interesting aspect of the future that has nothing to do specifically with the head coach, but is important: what to do with the quarterback position? After rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew won his sixth game as a starter Sunday, it’s a tough spot for the organization with high-priced free agent Nick Foles.

Foles was guaranteed $50 million on the four-year deal that he signed, and while he got injured in the first quarter of game one and was given a pass until healthy, he was ineffective in the next three games back and all were all decisive losses. That sent Foles back to the bench for the rookie.

Minshew on the other hand had the team and the Jaguar fanbase rally around him in the middle of the season and produced more victories at the end.

Now comes the tough part, when you’ve had a rough year, the uncertainty of what the owner will do?

We’re all waiting for that with the Jaguars.

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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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