Former Buffalo Bills head coach and current Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Doug Marrone is gaining plenty of frequent flyer miles as he is one of the hotter head coaching candidates, somewhat surprisingly.
Many believed that Marrone erred when he decided to opt out of his deal with the Bills after the 2014 season. Many assumed he would get the New York Jets then vacant head coaching job, but after that was filled by Todd Bowles, Marrone took the best available opportunity and that was with the Jaguars.
When Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was asked about Marrone's availability for interviews, he referred to the Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell.
“I don’t know that. That’d be better for [General Manager] Dave [Caldwell to answer] because this morning has just been getting prepared for the team meeting. All of those things, if anything has come through, would go through him.”
After a season in which Jacksonville went 5-11, apparently Marrone is back on the radar. He interviewed already with the Cleveland Browns, and he has interviews scheduled with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins for their head coach openings.
The demand of Marrone speaks to a major lack of legitimate head coaching candidates. The former Bills head coach was less than respected by his former players in Buffalo, and he did nothing special in working with the Jaguars offensive line in 2015, as former second-overall pick Luke Joeckel still looks like a project at best, and was often overwhelmed in his third season.
If Marrone doesn't get any of the available head coaching jobs, the Jaguars expect him to be back in 2016.