Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Thanks Doug Marrone for his Service

Published 01/04/2021, 1:56 PM EST
Dec 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks with members of the offense during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The Jacksonville Jaguars had an absolutely torrid season this time around. They finished the season with a 1-14 record, the worst in the league. The repercussions of the season are starting to take shape.

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In November, the Jaguars let go of General Manager David Caldwell. And after the end of their season, the Jaguars let go of Head Coach Doug Marrone.

After the sacking of Doug Marrone, Jaguars Owner Shad Khan released a statement thanking Doug Marrone for his service to the franchise. But he noted that it is time for the franchise and Marrone to start off on two new journeys.

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Khan also thanked and apologized to the people of Jacksonville for the team’s disappointing season, and vowed to find a new coach and GM soon.

The firing of Marrone comes as no surprise to anyone. Doug Marrone joined the Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching staff as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2015. By 2016, he became interim head coach, when Gus Bradley was let go of the head coaching position by the Jaguars.

Doug Marrone – Time’s up in Jacksonville

In 2017, Marrone became the permanent Head Coach for the Jaguars. During his time as chief, he led the Jaguars to the Playoffs for the first time since 2007, after winning the AFC South Division title. However, during the Playoffs, Marrone had an even better showing.

In 2018, the Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills in the wildcard round of the AFC Playoffs. But Marrone’s work didn’t end there. Jacksonville then pulled off a massive playoff upset when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round.

Marrone led them to the AFC championship game, one of the few in the history of the team.

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Nov 29, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Collin Johnson (19) runs for a touchdown against Cleveland Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) and strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

However, they lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. And thus began the poor downturn for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After reaching the AFC championship game, the Jaguars missed the Playoffs multiple times and had more losses than wins. However, the Jaguars franchise retained faith in Doug Marrone.

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But after going 1-14, the Jaguars called time on Marrone’s coaching stint in Jacksonville. Now, the franchise must look not only for a new General Manager but also a new Head Coach as they begin preparing for the 2021 NFL season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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