The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Doug Marrone as an assistant head coach/offensive line coach, according to a report by Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union. Marrone interviewed last week for what many believed was the offensive coordinator position, but as we reported yesterday the team wanted to hire him as an offensive line coach.
#jaguars hire Doug Marrone as assistant head coach-offensive line.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) January 20, 2015
This means that the Jaguars have decided to move on from current offensive line coach George Yarno, who was dealing with cancer last offseason and was not with the team. Head coach Gus Bradley indicated the team would visit with Yarno and determine where they would go from there. Whether the Jaguars decided to move on or Yarno decided to retire, we hope he continues to progress in his battle with cancer.
Marrone has a background working with the offensive line and has been an offensive coordinator previously, spending three seasons under Sean Payton on the New Orleans Saints.
Marrone moved from the Saints to be the head coach of Syracuse in the college ranks, leading the Orange to the most wins in a season they've had since 2001 in 2010, with an 8-5 record. In his final season with the Orange the team had a share of the Big East title and beat West Virginia 38-14 in the Pinstripe Bowl.
As mentioned, Marrone has a wealth of experience in the NFL coaching offensive line, having spent time with the New York Jets (2002-2005), New Orleans Saints (2006-2008) as well as multiple stops in college coaching offensive line and tight ends.