After opting out of his head coaching job with the Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone has settled on a coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly hiring former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone as their assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
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The move comes less than a month after Marrone opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills. The move by Marrone came suddenly and inexplicably, though it had been speculated that it was an option with the Pegula family taking over this past season after the passing of team founder and former owner Ralph Wilson Jr.
Many in Buffalo were shocked by the sudden departure of Marrone and for days there was speculation that he already had a head coaching job locked up with the New York Jets. But the Jets were apparently not as interested in Marrone as it was previously believed, and the team hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be their new head coach. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills hired former Jets head coach Rex Ryan to a five-year, $28 million contract and took several shots at Marrone’s lack of loyalty at his introductory press conference last week.
Meanwhile, the other head coaching vacancies were filled very quickly: The Oakland Raiders hired Jack Del Rio, the San Francisco 49ers hired Jim Tomsula, the Chicago Bears hired John Fox less than a week after being fired by the Denver Broncos, while the Broncos hired Gary Kubiak to replace Fox. The only remaining head coaching vacancy is in Atlanta, but the Falcons have already narrowed their search down to either Detroit Lions DC Teryl Austin and Seattle Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.
Marrone joins a Jaguars team that has been dead-last in points scored in each of the last two seasons under head coach Gus Bradley. The upside for Marrone is that the terms of his prior contract in Buffalo means he will still be paid his full $4 million salary to not coach the team. He will make more money than several current NFL head coaches.
In two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Marrone finished with a record of 15-17, and in 2014 the Bills record their first winning season since 2004 with a win over the New England Patriots on the road in Week 17.