The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Friday afternoon that they have extended the contracts of head coach Doug Marrone, general manager Dave Caldwell and executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin through the 2021 season. The extensions come after the Jaguars went to the AFC Championship game and near a Super Bowl berth in the trio’s first season together.
“The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn’t so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a team press release. “We’re past celebrating the accomplishments of our division title and playoff run, and now it’s time to take the next step. We need the right leadership firmly in place to make that happen, and it’s good to know we’ll have that with Tom, Dave and Doug secure in their roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
Not that they were close to being under fire, but the added years to the original three-year deals does give the trio some more security and ability to maybe take a few risks in the draft or free agency.
“The success we had last season was due to the efforts of many people, but Doug and Dave certainly played key leadership roles in guiding our team,” Coughlin added. “They set the tone and managed the process on a daily basis, and we look forward to building on that process throughout this offseason and the coming season.”
The Jaguars had their first winning season since 2007 under the current leadership and right now the future looks bright.