Earlier today, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported the expected dismissal of Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. Russini stated the Jaguars head coach would be let go following the team’s finale against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone has been informed that he will be dismissed following Sunday’s game vs. Colts, per sources. Jaguars will begin a search for a new head coach.— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 28, 2019
That report, however, has been refuted by Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s spokesperson Jim Woodcock, stating, “Reports that Doug Marrone will be dismissed after Sunday’s game are 100 percent incorrect. Owner Shad Khan will meet with his football staff, which includes coaching and personnel, midweek next week.”
Reports that Doug Marrone will be dismissed after Sunday’s game are 100 percent incorrect. Owner Shad Khan will meet with his football staff, which includes coaching and personnel, midweek next week. #client #Jaguars— Jim Woodcock (@WoodySTL) December 28, 2019
The Jaguars (5-10) will have a decision to make, and according to Woodcock the decision will not be finalized until midweek next week. This could mean the Jaguars and their ownership have not yet made a concrete decision and would like to evaluate it in it’s entirety following the season finale on Sunday.
After starting the season 4-4, the Jaguars have now lost six of their last seven games, and are on the verge of tying their record from last season at 5-11. Amid countless dramatic shifts within the organization including the dismissal of EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin just last week, the Jaguars have consistently been in the news for various reasons.
For the past couple of weeks reports have also surfaced that the Jaguars could keep both general manager Dave Caldwell and Marrone, however the team has not yet made any announcement for the decision on either party as of today.
Following Coughlin’s dismissal, Khan released a statement indicating the team will have high expectations for their final two contests along with 2020. The Jaguars lost last week against the Atlanta Falcons, and will presumably need a strong showing against the Colts on Sunday.
Tony Khan, the Jaguars Senior Vice President of Football Administration and Technology, also refuted the ESPN report on Saturday in a reply to another NFL writer.
On the other hand, imagine reading that 100% false report stating you’d been informed that you’d been fired when in fact nobody had ever told you that?— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) December 28, 2019
According to another report by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Jaguars ownership, including Shad and Tony, had dinner with Marrone on Thursday, and no decision has been made, “and it sounds as if there’s a real chance he stays.”
#Jaguars coach Doug Marrone had dinner Thursday night with owner Shad Khan and senior VP Tony Khan. No decision has been made on his future, I'm told, and it sounds as if there's a real chance he stays. Still one more game to play tomorrow vs. the #Colts. https://t.co/PxVcOSXRMZ— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 28, 2019
The Jaguars will face off against the Colts tomorrow at 4:25 in their final game of the season.