The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new boss.
Two of them, in fact.
The Jags hired Doug Marrone as head coach and announced the return of Tom Coughlin as Executive Vice President in Charge of Football Operations. The team is hopeful the combination can turn the Jags around.
“I have confidence that one day soon we’ll look back on today’s news as the moment that inspired and ultimately established the Jacksonville Jaguars as a football team that wins, week to week and season to season,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said. “I am honored to welcome Tom Coughlin back to Jacksonville, where winning was customary under his leadership. I know he expects the same in his return to head our football operations, and that’s good news for us and Jaguars fans everywhere. The extension of Dave Caldwell’s contract speaks to his excellent work thus far and the continued importance of complementing our talented and promising roster.
“I am particularly enthused to introduce Doug Marrone as our new head coach. Doug is a strong football man in every respect and offers us qualities that will serve us well in all facets of the team, from the meeting rooms to game day and much more. The results will speak for themselves in time, but with Tom coming in to join Dave and Doug, there is no question the Jacksonville Jaguars are a stronger football team today.”
Marrone, 52, is the team’s fifth full-time head coach in franchise history, joining Coughlin (1995-2002), Jack Del Rio (2003-11), Mike Mularkey (2012) and Gus Bradley (2013-16). Marrone served as the team’s interim head coach for the final two games of the 2016 regular season. He joined the team as the assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach on January 20, 2015, following a two-year stint as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills (2013-14).
Caldwell, the team’s general manager for the past four seasons (2013-16), has received a two-year contract extension that will run through 2019.