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Report: Jaguars considering retaining Doug Marrone, Dave Caldwell with strong finish

The Jaguars fired Tom Coughlin this week and that might be all they do at the top. We break down the latest report about head coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell heading into Week 16.

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell, running back Leonard Fournette and head coach Doug Marrone laugh during a press conference at EverBank Field. Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a dumpster fire in 2019, and it eventually cost Tom Coughlin his job as executive VP of football operations. The thought prior to the firing was that general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone could both find themselves fired once the season ended. That might now be changing.

The team fired Coughlin earlier this week, and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is hearing that might be, “the only seismic move that the Jacksonville Jaguars organization and owner Shad Khan make this offseason.” Rapoport reported that removing Coughlin is a huge deal for removing some of the stress and issues Marrone and Caldwell dealt with this season. If the Jaguars finish the final two weeks strong, it might be enough to save both Caldwell and Marrone’s jobs.

Rapoport also said all of this could still result in Tony Khan taking on increased role moving forward. He is the team’s senior vice president of football administration and technology, but Coughlin’s firing opens up a sizable opportunity to improve the football operations department.

The Jaguars close the season at the Atlanta Falcons and at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Both are winnable games, but given how bad things have been, an ugly finish is entirely possible.