Jags hire Marrone, Coughlin

Two years after bolting Buffalo, St. Doug is a head coach again

Jacksonville, FL - On New Year's Eve 2014, Doug Marrone opted out of his contract to be the Bills head coach. 

Two years later, the former Syracuse University head coach is an NFL head coach again and former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin - a fellow SU alum - is joining him. 

Reportedly, Marrone has agreed to be the new head coach of the Jaguars. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news. 

Coughlin interviewed for the head coach position in Jacksonville, but will instead come on as Executive VP of Football Operations. 

The Jags have a general manager in Dave Caldwell. Like Doug Whaley in Buffalo, it's Caldwell's first GM job and he's done it four seasons without making the playoffs. 

Coughlin, presumably, will outrank Caldwell as some sort of football czar. 

All three have contracts through the 2019 season. 

NFL.com's Michael Silver got rumors churning on Marrone early in the day with a tweet that Jacksonville brass were impressed with Marrone's work as interim coach. The Jags went 1-1 under Marrone the final two weeks of the season. 

Another NFL.com writer, Ian Rapoport, reported that "belief" in Jags' QB Blake Bortles was another mark in Marrone's favor. 

Coughlin had met with the Pegulas last offseason and was rumored as an early candidate to join the Bills in some capacity. 

The native of Waterloo, NY got his first NFL head coaching job with the Jaguars and still lives in Jacksonville. 

730 days ago, Marrone and Coughlin were both head coaches of New York (ok, New Jersey in Coughlin's case) football teams. 

Now, they're working together trying to resurrect the Jaguars. 

 


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