Jaguars fire head coach Doug Marrone, Urban Meyer Watch is on
The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to open a new chapter as they recently parted ways with head coach Doug Marrone after a five-year tenure with the team, via an official statement posted on the club’s Twitter page.
Statement from Owner Shad Khan. pic.twitter.com/cmLo7ss9gS
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) January 4, 2021
After the recent firing, Urban Meyer is now being eyed to fill in the vacant spot ahead of the 2021 NFL season, per NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero.
All eyes now on Urban Meyer. https://t.co/LyQvblPfCc
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 4, 2021
Marrone has been with the Jaguars organization since 2015 after serving as the team’s assistant head coach and offensive line coach until 2016. He was then elevated to become the Jaguars’ interim head coach and was formally instated in the position back in 2017.
In his first campaign as head coach of the team, he led the Jaguars to a 10-6 record where they emerged as the AFC South divisional champions. They had a solid playoff run but ultimately succumbed to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in the 2017 NFL Playoffs.
After their stellar season, the Jaguars went on a downward spiral and settled as bottom-feeders of the division for the next three seasons. They eventually finished the 2020 NFL season with a 1-15 record which led them to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Marrone will be finishing his stint with the Jaguars with a 23-43 overall record. Meanwhile, longtime collegiate head coach Urban Meyer has already emerged as the leading candidate to take over the position from Marrone.
The multi-titled tactician last served as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2012 to 2018 where he won a National Championship in 2014 and garnered an 83-9 overall record with the squad.
Armed with the top pick along with the potential hiring of a decorated coach, the Jaguars will certainly have a bright future to look forward to in the years to come.