Doug Marrone Reportedly Expected to Return as Jaguars Head Coach

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach Doug Marrone of the Jacksonville Jaguars watches the game against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter of a  game at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone is reportedly expected to return for the 2019 NFL season despite the Jags' current six-game losing streak heading into their Week 12 clash with the Buffalo Bills.

On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Marrone is in "no trouble" after leading Jacksonville to the AFC Championship Game last season.

The 54-year-old former NFL offensive lineman joined the Jaguars' coaching staff in 2015 after using an out clause in his Bills contract to leave the organization after guiding Buffalo to a 9-7 record in 2014.

Marrone was named the Jags' interim head coach after Gus Bradley was fired in December 2016 and took over on a full-time basis for the 2017 campaign. He led the team to an AFC South division title with a 10-6 record followed by playoff wins over the Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.

His stock continued to rise during the early stages of the 2018 season with a 3-1 start that featured a win over the New England Patriots, who defeated Jacksonville in last year's AFC title game.

Questions about his status have started to pop up amid the extended losing skid, though.

In October, Marrone provided some self-criticism when the Jaguars entered their bye week with four consecutive defeats.

"The first thing that I have been doing is ... right now I have done a poor job," he told reporters. "For me, I am still working on evaluating myself first. Where is this team that we have had that everyone believes in?"

Jacksonville has since dropped games to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers to leave their record at 3-7 with six games to play.

It doesn't sound like the Jags are planning a coaching change even if they aren't able to turn things around during the latter stages of the season.