Doug Marrone completes Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday February 03, 2017


Doug Marrone has completed his staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He’s the first of the new NFL head coaches to finish the group, in part because he was promoted to the job from offensive line coach and retained some assistants.

Here is the 2017 Jaguars staff:

There are 18 assistants on staff, on the lower end for an NFL staff. Of that group, six were retained from the previous group: offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, defensive coordinator Todd Wash, tight ends coach Ron Middleton, offensive assistant John Donovan, defensive assistant Mike Rutenberg and Mike Mallory, who moved from special teams coordinator to special teams assistant.

Marrone also hired some coaches who worked with him with the Bills from 2013-14. Tyrone Wheatley returns to the NFL from Michigan as running backs coach. Wheatley worked with Marrone in Buffalo and at Syracuse. Defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich spent the last four years in Buffalo.

More college coaches, Marrone hired Marion Hobby from Clemson to coach the defensive line. Hobby spent six years coaching defensive ends and producing several NFL players, like Vic Beasley and Shaq Lawson. To coach receivers, Marrone hired Keenan McCardell, who is a former Jags player and coached at Maryland from 2014-15. Offensive research assistant Eric Price was Tulane’s offensive coordinator for four year, most recently in 2015.

Marrone also turned to the CFL, hiring Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich to coach quarterbacks. This is his first NFL job after coaching in Europe and the CFL. He led the Argonauts from 2012-16, winning the 2012 Grey Cup.

Joe DeCamillis is considered one of the best special teams coordinators in the NFL and joins the Jags after Gary Kubiak’s retirement. Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty also was part of a head coaching change in San Francisco. Linebackers coach Mark Collins, defensive backs coach Perry Fewell and assistant defensive backs coach Joe Danna were each let go at their previous spots.

Marrone went 6-10 and 9-7 in two years as Bills head coach. He left the club in a situation where his 2015 salary was guaranteed, but he didn’t land another head coaching job, ending up with the Jags. When Gus Bradley was dismissed this season, Marrone went 1-1 as interim head coach and ended up getting the job. Keep track of NFL head coaching changes here.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.