Nov 29, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Alabama to hire Doug Marrone to coach OL

Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is joining Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, AL.com reported Wednesday.

Marrone will serve as offensive line coach, becoming the second former NFL head coach on the offensive staff. The Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator reportedly is former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, although his hiring has not been announced officially.

Marrone was fired in Jacksonville on Jan. 4 after the Jaguars finished the 2020 season with a 1-15 record.

The Jaguars went 23-43 in four-plus seasons under Marrone.

Marrone previously coached the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and was head coach at Syracuse (2009-12). He had a 25-25 record with the Orange.

The openings on Alabama’s staff came about when Texas hired Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as its head coach. He took offensive line coach Kyle Flood with him.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone talks on his headset during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars fire Marrone

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was fired Monday after the team finished the 2020 season with a 1-15 record.

The Jaguars went 23-43 in four-plus seasons under Marrone. A coaching change completes a hard reset of the management structure of the franchise that included president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell.

Jacksonville lost 15 consecutive games to end the season and owns the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.

“As the search for our general manager continues, now the quest begins to find a head coach who shares my ambition for the Jaguars and our fans, whose loyalty and faith are overdue to be rewarded,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said.

Marrone finished the 2016 season as the Jaguars’ interim head coach following the ouster of Gus Bradley.

Coughlin was hired in January 2017 along with Marrone. Coughlin was fired in December 2019 but Khan decided to retain Marrone and Caldwell at the end of last season with a clear understanding of expectations.

But the Jaguars continued to purge the roster of top talent, trading away the likes of cornerback Jalen Ramsey (October 2019), cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive lineman Calais Campbell and releasing former top-10 pick Leonard Fournette.

Jacksonville’s roster needs are many, starting with a franchise-caliber quarterback.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is thought to be the top player in the 2021 draft and could help solve some of the team’s concerns on offense.

–Field Level Media

Sep 15, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone reacts during the second half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Meyer a target to replace Marrone at Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars “will likely” fire head coach Doug Marrone after Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, with former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer his possible replacement, NFL Network reported Saturday.

The potential firing, however, comes with a wait-and-see approach. Reports last year also suggested that Marrone would be fired after the season and that personnel move never came to fruition.

The Jaguars have gone 1-14 this season, far worse than their 6-10 mark of a season ago. In four-plus seasons under the 56-year-old Marrone, Jacksonville is 23-42. He was hired after Week 14 of the 2016 season.

The Jaguars did win the AFC South in 2017, Marrone’s first full season, and won a pair of playoff games before falling 24-20 to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

The Jaguars are on the verge of landing the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the potential hiring of Meyer would be interesting timing. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been predicted as the No. 1 overall selection, although Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields could be Jacksonville’s desired pick.

Fields was recruited to Ohio State by Meyer. Ohio State and Fields defeated Clemson and Lawrence 49-28 in Friday’s CFP Semifinal and will face Alabama in the championship game on Jan. 11 at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Meyer, 56, went 83-9 in his seven years at Ohio State, leaving after the 2018 season for health reasons. Ryan Day took over as head coach of the Buckeyes. Day is also considered “a potential target” of the Jaguars if Meyer elects to stay retired, NFL Network reported.

Meyer was 187-32 overall going back to 2001 with head coaching jobs at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18).

–Field Level Media

Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone speaks during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marrone: Jags taking virus seriously amid league-high cases

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed his league-leading amount of reserve/COVID-19 cases on Monday, saying he doesn’t think his players are being “negligent.”

The Jaguars have had 12 players put on the reserve list, including starting quarterback Gardner Minshew.

“Some of the things that occur can happen to any of us,” Marrone told reporters on a video conference call. “I don’t think anyone’s being negligent. … But I really can’t answer those questions.

“Guys are coming from all over the country. … You’ve just got to be aware of your surroundings and where you are and there’s a lot of different ways that you can come in contact with this virus. I feel good, I really do, about how we’re trying to educate our players and I feel good about how they’re responding. Sometimes it’s just bad luck.”

The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has the virus. In either case, the team is required to place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and that player is not counted on the active roster. Clubs are not required to divulge the reason.

There have been 84 NFL players placed on the list as of Monday morning and the Jags are the only team with double digits. Minnesota and Detroit are second with eight.

Minshew was added to the list Sunday along with his roommates, Michael Walker and Andrew Wingard.

Marrone and his coaches have discussed sequestering a quarterback during the season. They also have adopted a concept of “fewer and farther” in the team’s facilities.

“We’re always looking to make sure that we’re, you know, fewer and further. So we’re always looking to do that, you know, there be fewer and further away and have a safe distance with each other,” Marrone said.

“At the end of the day you gotta be on the field together … everywhere you go there’s gonna be a risk of something that you do.”

–Field Level Media