The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired coach Doug Marrone, a little more than 12 hours after ending the season with a 15th consecutive loss.
It was a move many thought owner Shad Khan should have made at the end of the 2019 season. But Khan gave Marrone another chance to make Jacksonville a playoff contender for the second time in four years.
Marrone came up well short of the owner’s expectations, making Khan’s decision easy and expected.
It was the first time Marrone has been fired in three decades of coaching.
“I am committed and determined to deliver winning football to the City of Jacksonville,” Khan said in a statement.
“Realising that goal requires a fresh start throughout our football operations, and with that in mind I spoke this morning with Doug Marrone to express my gratitude for his hard work over the past four seasons.
“I’ll always appreciate Doug’s passion, grit and class, and I’m confident he will enjoy success in the next chapter of his career.”
Marrone finished with a record of 24 wins and 43 losses in four seasons in Jacksonville, falling a few plays shy of the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 2017 and then miring near the bottom of the league since.
The Jaguars dropped 21 of Marrone’s final 24 games, including 15 by double digits.