Doug Marrone has been fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Cincinnati Bengals have announced that they are retaining head coach Zac Taylor for a third season.
Neither of these pieces of news is hugely surprising. We’ve known for most of the year that it was a matter of when and not if Marrone was out, and now all of a sudden Jacksonville has a very attractive opening, considering that they hold the first overall pick that is widely presumed to be Trevor Lawrence. Here was the statement on Marrone from Jags owner Shad Khan:
Statement from Owner Shad Khan. pic.twitter.com/cmLo7ss9gS
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) January 4, 2021
Urban Meyer has been heavily rumored to be the frontrunner for the Jacksonville job.
Meanwhile, Bengals owner Mike Brown announced the retention of Zac Taylor:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 4, 2021
This isn’t a surprise, even though the Bengals are 6-25-1 in two years with Taylor. This season went up in smoke when Joe Burrow tore his ACL. Another franchise might have gone in a different direction here, but the Bengals move more deliberately in all facets. For Taylor to make it to a fourth season, Brown and the front office must make it a priority to get multiple offensive linemen who can prevent Burrow from getting battered week in and week out.