By HCR Staff | Jan. 22, 2020
It’s being reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars will be hiring former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator, replacing John DeFilippo. If the reports are accurate, it’ll be a big coup for Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone.
While the Jaguars did get to an AFC Championship game under Marrone, the entirety of his tenure has been middling at best. Some may say he’s even underachieved significantly.
Marrone’s tenure is somewhat difficult to assess, however, and that’s largely due to the convoluted nature of their front office structure. At different points, different people seem to have been in command, ranging from General Manager Dave Caldwell, to Marrone himself, and then former Executive Vice President Tom Coughlin.
After an incredibly poor 2019 season, owner Shad Khan terminated Coughlin. He’s kept Marrone and Caldwell, however, but it appears both are on one year leashes.
And that’s what makes getting a coordinator of Jay Gruden’s stature impressive.
Notwithstanding Gruden’s termination in Washington, we feel he’s an excellent coordinator. He had a very successful run in Cincinnati, and we believe he did reasonably well in Washington as head coach. He had to endure a completely dysfunctional ownership and front office, and an incredible rash of injuries.
Gruden is well aware that Marrone only has 2020 to extend his job, so for him to take on this challenge indicates he believes significant improvement is possible. We’re sure Gruden had other options (including joining his brother in Las Vegas).
Regardless, it’s a coup for Marrone, and for quarterbacks Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles (although Foles’ relationship with the Jaguars is tenuous).