3 Coaches the Jaguars Can Hire to Replace Doug Marrone
With the Jacksonville Jaguars only managing a dismal 1-11 record this season, it's looking like head coach Doug Marrone's days are numbered. Marrone helped lead the team to the AFC Championship Game in just his first season in 2017, but Jacksonville has lost at least 10 games in the three seasons following that pinnacle.
The Jaguars could benefit from a new head coach to freshen up the team's culture and mentality. Given that, here are three coaches Jacksonville could pursue if they let Marrone go.
3. Joe Brady, Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers
Joe Brady is only 31 years old, but his reputation as an offensive genius is already well-known. Brady was an assistant with Sean Payton in New Orleans before running the best offense in the country as LSU's offensive coordinator in 2019. He's now the OC for the Carolina Panthers, where he's gotten the most out of journeyman Teddy Bridgewater, who's already tied his career high for passing touchdowns (14) in just 11 games. Like Sean McVay before him, Brady is the kind of young upstart coaching talent that's worth seeing in a head-coaching role.
2. Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach, University of Michigan
Yes, Jim Harbaugh will likely end his Michigan tenure on a sour note. Yes, Harbaugh's teams sometimes don't live up to his reputation. However, Harbaugh could also bring a hard-nosed mentality that would work in Jacksonville. In his four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, his teams never ranked worse than 10th in either fewest points or yards allowed. He is the exact kind of defense-first coach that the Jaguars need if they hope to replicate that 2017 season, which featured a top-6 defense in both fewest points and yards allowed. His ability to create a distinct, gritty culture is valuable.
1. Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
Brian Daboll is another offensive guru that should draw serious head-coaching consideration around the league, and Jacksonville would be incredibly smart to poach him from the surging Buffalo Bills. The Bills' resurgence can be credited to Daboll's work on offense, especially with young stud quarterback Josh Allen, whose yards and TDs have increased in each of his three seasons with Daboll. Allen's rise to near the elite at his position speaks to Daboll's coaching talent. He is the exact kind of coach that could spearhead a rebuild in Jacksonville.
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