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Report: Jaguars May Keep Doug Marrone, David Caldwell After Tom Coughlin Firing

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone before the start of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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While the Jacksonville Jaguars fired Executive Vice President Tom Coughlin this week, that doesn't necessarily mean a full house cleaning is coming.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Jaguars owner Shad Khan prefers to retain head coach Doug Marrone and general manager David Caldwell. The team will use the next two weeks as an evaluation period, and Khan is hoping the locker room responds to the departure of Coughlin, who had few fans among players.

Marrone and Caldwell both predate Coughlin's return to the franchise. Marrone served as an assistant head coach in 2015 before taking over as the interim head coach with two games remaining in the 2016 season, a role he's had ever since. Caldwell has been the Jaguars' general manager since 2013.

The Jaguars are in a state of disarray, thanks in large part to Coughlin's iron-fist approach to management. Former Jacksonville players, most notably Dante Fowler Jr. and Jalen Ramsey, seemed to rejoice in the NFLPA's rebuke of his management style. The union released a statement warning players against signing with the Jaguars because of their consistent overreach punishing players for minor—and sometimes nonexistent—infractions.

Rapoport described Marrone as having to "put out countless fires" from upper management. Agents have said their trepidation about players signing in Jacksonville is now gone after Coughlin's firing, but Marrone and Caldwell are now stuck with a roster lacking in star talent.

Free-agent signing Nick Foles turned out to be a bust and has a massive cap number for next season. Gardner Minshew has proved to be a capable quarterback but lacks much upside. The team will also soon have to decide whether to offer running back Leonard Fournette an extension and will look to rebuild the secondary after Ramsey's departure, which occurred largely because of his relationship with Coughlin.