The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t have to look far for their next head coach.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Jaguars are focused on hiring interim coach Doug Marrone as their full-time coach, according to a source. An official offer is coming soon, although Marrone hasn’t yet been informed of the plans.
The plan is for Marrone to be promoted to the team’s top coaching job after he spent 2015-2016 as the team’s assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach. Marrone finished 1-1 to end the 2016 season as the team’s interim head coach following the ouster of coach Gus Bradley.
This will be Marrone’s second crack at a head coaching gig after a tumultuous two years in Buffalo, going 15-17 in two seasons before he shockingly opted out of his contract with the Bills following the 2014 season.
The Jaguars are the first of six teams to fill a coaching vacancy this offseason. The team interviewed a host of candidates including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.
Jacksonville also met with the franchise’s first head coach, Tom Coughlin, for a potential job, although it was unclear if Coughlin was meeting for the head coaching job or a “football czar” type of role, according to Rapoport.
Around The NFL will have more on Marrone shortly.