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3 Most Likely Replacements for Doug Marrone

Max Staley
Doug Marrone is out with the Jaguars, and Jacksonville could hire one of these three coaches to replace him.
Doug Marrone is out with the Jaguars, and Jacksonville could hire one of these three coaches to replace him. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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Doug Marrone is out as head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars after a 1-15 season. Now searching for a new leader, Jacksonville is arguably the most attractive landing spot in the league. The organization has limitless cap space, two-first round picks (including what is almost a lock to be Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 overall) and 11 total picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Here are the three most likely candidates to replace Marrone.

3. Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills' Offensive Coordinator

Brian Daboll has been nothing short of remarkable in 2020. He's helped transform Josh Allen from a super-talented, raw prospect into one of the most dangerous QBs in the league. Under Daboll's watch in 2020, Allen ranked fifth in: passing TDs (35), passing yards (4,544) and adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A; 8.5). When Allen entered the league in 2018, he ranked no higher than 32nd in all three categories. It's hard not to wonder what Daboll could do with a talent like Trevor Lawrence, who Jacksonville is a lock to select at No. 1 in the 2021 NFL Draft.

2. Robert Saleh, San Francisco 49ers' Defensive Coordinator

But if the Jaguars want to build an identity on the other side of the ball, Robert Saleh is their man. Saleh's San Francisco 49ers were the league's sixth-best defense in 2020 by DVOA. They did that despite losing superstar talent like Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman and Kwon Alexander due to injuries and trades. With that group healthy in 2019, Saleh's unit ranked No. 2 by DVOA and led SF to a Super Bowl appearance. Simply put, this guy can build a championship-caliber defense. Jacksonville has a ton of young, raw defensive talent and few people can coach that side of the ball like Saleh.

1. Urban Meyer, FOX Sports

The name generating the most buzz right now is legendary college coach Urban Meyer. He just wins everywhere he goes. In two years at Utah, he completely rebuilt the program and led the Utes to their first undefeated season. He moved on to Florida, built one of the most legendary college programs of the 2000s and won two national championships. It was more of the same at Ohio State, where Meyer and the Buckeyes won it all in 2014. Of course, the big caveat here is that Meyer has never done it at the NFL level. But it's hard to argue with his resume. If Jacksonville lands Lawrence and Meyer, it'd instantly inject some real excitement and buzz to a franchise that sorely needs it.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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