Shad Khan’s decision to retain Marrone and Caldwell is a blunder

Shad Khan’s decision to retain Marrone and Caldwell is a blunder

By: Hays Carlyon

Jaguars owner Shad Khan needs to see more.

Why? I have no idea.

Khan announced he is retaining both coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell despite consecutive seasons of 5-11 and 6-10 following an appearance in the AFC Championship Game after the 2017 season.

Marrone will get a fourth season as coach, while Caldwell will get an eighth year as general manager.

Khan elected to forget the promise he made to his paying customers after last season’s 11-loss fiasco when he told them another bad season wouldn’t be tolerated.

The Jaguars closed a 6-10 season Sunday with a win at home over Indianapolis, going 2-6 in the second half of the season.

Khan’s credibility moving forward will suffer. His record as the Jaguars owner 40-91 (including playoffs) over eight years doesn’t help either.

Ultimately, Khan’s lone move was to fire executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, a two-time Super Bowl winning head coach.

Here is the statement Khan released through the team.

“I have met on several occasions over the past few days with Dave Caldwell, Doug Marrone and their staffs to fully understand their plans to reverse our course and compete for a postseason berth in 2020. In addition, I held numerous one-on-one meetings with players on Monday and thoroughly appreciated their candor and thoughtful views – some expected, some not – on the season behind us and where we go from here.

“While our discussions will remain confidential, the decision I am making to keep our staff intact for 2020 has nothing to do with our victory on Sunday and everything to do with my positive meetings with Dave, Doug, the coordinators and our players, as well as my belief that this is not the time to consider an overhaul of our organization.

“The 2019 season was unacceptable and I’ve made my dissatisfaction clear. While many unusual circumstances influenced our season, none can fully explain or defend our second-half collapse with first place in the division within reach on Week 9. At the same time, there were positive developments and contributions that should not be overlooked.

“We came out of our AFC Championship Game season of 2017 by making a four-year commitment to the collective leadership of our football operations. Only two seasons have passed and one change from that leadership team has already been made. I want to see what we produce under a new organizational structure in 2020. Goals have been established. Accountability will be paramount.

“As part of our new framework, the position of Executive Vice President of Football Operations will not be filled in 2020. Dave and Doug will each continue to report directly to me, as they have since mid-December. Our work begins immediately. We have a lot of draft capital in our favor to help us achieve our goals for 2020, and beyond.

“Finally, I was struck and impressed, but not surprised, by the strong showing of our fans Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The euphoria and passion was genuine and appreciated by everyone with our team, and that goes double for me. My sincere thanks to everyone. It was a moment that underlines the fact that nothing beats having a winning football team. It’s my obligation to deliver one to Jacksonville in 2020.”

Good luck.

Look at the bright side, Jaguars fans.

You probably just moved a step closer to winning the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes in 2021.

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