Doug Marrone is probably the most surprising coaching decision made this offseason. What's added is, he's not going anywhere.
The Jags had a tumultuous 2019. Just a few weeks following the removal of Tom Coughlin, some doubt was cast surrounding the future of Marrone in Jacksonville. Following a 6-10 season that saw Nick Foles injured, bad and then benched, the trade of Jalen Ramsey and just generally uninspiring football, the scene was set for the exit of Marrone. But owner Shad Khan announced on Tuesday that Marrone would return as Jacksonville's head coach in 2020, and that made for some good comedy.
A statement from owner Shad Khan: The Jaguars staff is back pic.twitter.com/j4w4urGXkh
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2019
In all, Marrone is 22-28 with the Jaguars (1-1 record as interim coach in 2016), with 6-10 and 5-11 seasons after making it to the AFC championship game in 2017. Also returning is GM Dave Caldwell, and both guys will report directly into Khan in 2020.
Well, the news might be great for Marrone — and fans of Jacksonville's opponents.
Twitter took the development of Marrone's return and added a bit of its signature sarcastic, hilarious analysis.
When Titan fans see Doug Marrone is back for 2020! pic.twitter.com/1n4RVQnL4A
— Kenneth (@TexasSports1015) December 31, 2019
Dave Caldwell will still be your GM.
Doug Marrone will still be your head coach.
Your new DC will be someone familiar with Pete Carrol’s scheme.
Jaguars will have 2 London games back-to-back.
This is the way.pic.twitter.com/F4iOy1keyf
— Enjoying Fatherhood (@jhorge_d) December 30, 2019
Jags keeping Caldwell and Marrone pic.twitter.com/3FnkvDfUzx
— Tim Roche (@TRoche88) December 31, 2019
Enjoy hell Jags fans
— TitansNotes (@Titans_Notes) December 31, 2019
Beautuful of the rest of the AFC...this duo single handedly killed the scariest defense in a matter of two seasons.
— Fantasy Jester (@fantasy_jester) December 31, 2019
— Dillon Appleman (@DayDayAppleman) December 31, 2019
We've joked for years that Doug Marrone must know where the bodies are buried that he keeps getting so many chances. We've always meant that figuratively. Now, I literally believe Doug Marrone knows where some bodies are buried. https://t.co/zkWygWVOKu
— Maybe Next Year Bills (@MNYBills) December 31, 2019