Marrone made interim head coach of Jaguars replacing Bradley
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[December 20, 2016]
(Reuters) - Doug Marrone was
named interim head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday
following Sunday's firing of Gus Bradley.
Marrone's widely-predicted promotion after nearly two seasons as
assistant head coach and offensive line coach puts him back in a top
job two years after he quit as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
The Jaguars (2-12) have only two games of their season left, but
general manager Dave Caldwell said Marrone was a candidate for the
Marrone, 52, has a two decade-plus body of work as a college and NFL
coach. He had a 15-17 record as head coach of the Bills.
Bradley was dismissed by Jaguars owner Shad Khan after Sunday's
21-20 loss against the Houston Texans, a game in which Jacksonville
Bradley compiled a 14-48 record with the Jaguars.
Speaking on Monday, Bradley accepted "full responsibility" for the
Jaguars' poor record, though some observers have pinned the blame
more on quarterback Blake Bortles.
The third overall pick in the 2014 draft, Bortles has not progressed
at the rate some expected.
One of the next head coach's first decisions will be whether to
stick with Bortles at quarterback.
Bradley publicly blamed nobody but himself for his situation.
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Bills head coach Doug Marrone looks at the score board in the fourth
quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile
High. The Broncos defeated the Bills 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron
Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
"I have no excuses," he said. "I have no misgivings. There is
nothing I look back on and say, 'Would have, could have.' I
understand the NFL is a business and it is results oriented and we
didn't get it done."
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry
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