The Jacksonville Jaguars could undergo major changes to their coaching staff and front office personnel following the 2019 season, according to CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora, Currently, the Jaguars sit in last place in the AFC South at 4-7 after entering this season with plenty of optimism. Among those who are potentially on the chopping block are head coach Doug Marrone, GM Dave Caldwell, and team president Tom Coughlin.
After going to the AFC Championship game in 2017 — only to lose to the New England Patriots — the Jaguars have gone a combined 9-18, finishing 5-11 and in last place in the division in 2018. Clearly they’ve regressed since the AFC Championship appearance after the organization thought contending for a Super Bowl was evident.
Jacksonville believed QB Blake Bortles was the issue, holding the team back from reaching its potential on offense. That may still be true, but adding QB Nick Foles this offseason hasn’t panned out either. Foles fractured his collarbone in the season opener and missed eight games before returning after the team’s bye in Week 10. La Canfora says the Foles’ signing hasn’t worked out, but I mean, to be honest it’s hard to judge after the injury. Gardner Minshew tried to keep the ship afloat with Foles out, but was unable to (despite some gutsy football). The Jalen Ramsey saga also didn’t help things.
Another wrinkle in the report comes from Marrone’s coaching staff, which apparently believes that changes are inevitable after another down year. La Canfora also reports that the Jaguars are believed to be targeting former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and current Patriots OC Josh McDaniels to come in and lead the new regime. McDaniels was set to become the Indianapolis Colts head coach a few seasons ago before backing out of his contract and remaining in New England. Pioli also has ties to the Pats dynasty, early on when the team won three Super Bowls from 2001-2004.
The Jaguars are only three games out of the division lead with five games to play, so there’s still a (long) shot the team can turn things around, maybe. Chances are they’ll miss the playoffs again and be forced to make these major changes. We’ve seen Marrone sputter out in Buffalo with the Bills and many in New York believe Coughlin overstayed his welcome with the Giants despite two Super Bowl rings.