Shortly after the Jacksonville Jaguars lost 27-25 to the Cleveland Browns and were officially eliminated from the 2020 NFL Playoffs, the team announced that general manager Dave Caldwell had been relieved from his duties.
After a lot of fans rejoicing, the immediately question was: “Why not also fire head coach Doug Marrone?”
Well, that answer is shocking simple.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan is going to go for a clean sweep.
Some wondered why not fire both Caldwell and Marrone at the same time and let someone like offensive coordinator Jay Gruden take over as the interim head coach, but you also don’t want to accident into someone on the current staff providing some miracle spark and “earning” their job. You want to have a fresh face come in and evaluate everything from scratch so you don’t run into a situation like 2017.
I don’t think it would really be possible for someone on staff to really provide much anyway. To be perfectly honest, I think we’re already seeing Doug Marrone get blood from a turnip with this roster as-is.
Just play out the string, we all know it’s going to finally be the full measure changes fans have been asking for since 2016.
There’s nothing nefarious here, there is just absolutely nothing to gain. The players are clearly still playing 100 percent, it doesn’t appear the they’ve given up or the message is stale, they’re just simply not good enough as constructed right now.