The Jacksonville Jaguars have a great head coach and a solid coaching staff no matter what the haters and losers will tell you in the mainstream media.
Last week, it was NFL.com saying Doug Marrone was the 14th best head coach in the league, behind the likes of Jon Gruden and John Harbaugh.
This week, it’s Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report saying this coaching staff is the 11th best out there.
An improvement, sure, but not high enough for a team that went to an AFC Championship with Blake Bortles as its quarterback, a rookie at running back, and an elite defense.
Here’s Gagnon’s explanation:
11. Jacksonville Jaguars
Head coach: Doug Marrone (26-24)
Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, defensive coordinator Todd Wash, defensive backs coach Perry Fewell
A former offensive coordinator who excelled with the Saints, Marrone has helped guide offenses that have ranked strongly in two of his three seasons with the team. He took over a team that won three games in 2016 and had them winning playoff games in 2017, which shouldn’t have been overly shocking because he also won nine games with a so-so Bills team when he was last a head coach in 2014.
Hackett deserves some credit for their success on that side of the ball in 2017, but he hasn’t done enough with Blake Bortles at quarterback.
Meanwhile, Wash is coaching so much talent that it’s tough to tell what kind of impact he’s had, but the fact is he’s run a top-10 defense in each of his two seasons in that role, and he has a good lieutenant in Fewell.
Doug Marrone is one of the top six or seven head coaches in the league.
Nathaniel Hackett is handicapped by Blake Bortles, not at a loss of how to handle him.
And Todd Wash has been given an elite, once-in-a-generation group of players — but he’s still maximizing their abilities. It takes a talented leader to lead such a group of gifted athletes.
This Jaguars coaching staff took one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the league and helped him limit his mistakes (and put in some masterful late season performances that includes a 45-42 postseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in an AFC Divisional Game). He created an environment and culture where a rookie running back in Leonard Fournette could flourish. And the offensive and defensive lines are among the best in the league.