The Jacksonville Jaguars finally made their head coaching hire decision official on Monday afternoon, confirming the promotion of interim head coach Doug Marrone to the full time position. The team also announced an addition to the front office with Tom Coughlin being hired above both Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell, who also agreed to a two-year contract extension. The extension for Caldwell but all of himself, Coughlin and Marrone on a three-year timeline, contract wise.
With the moves that Shad Khan made on Monday, we now have a clear timeline on what expectations should be instead of constantly being strung along with platitudes and nonsensical sayings.
Does that mean you should expect the Jaguars to win 10 games and make the playoffs in 2017? Probably not, but in all honesty it would be completely fair for you to do so, considering the majority of the staff and front office appear to be kept in place and the likelihood Blake Bortles is your starting quarterback Week 1. Why shouldn’t you expect something like that? You’ve been constantly told the roster is talented by the team and with the firing of Gus Bradley and seemingly only Gus Bradley, the team is telling you the majority of the reason for 14-48 was at his feet.
More realistically, I think the expectation for the Jaguars as it stands on January 10, 2017 is that they should be at around 8-8 for the 2017 season and then pushing to win the AFC South and make it to the playoffs in 2018. There’s no more preaching patience. There’s no more “it’s a young team”. They now have to win, because Shad has put the onus on winning with the timeline inferred from the contracts of the three people in charge.