Jacksonville, FL - Minutes after the Jaguars lost their season finale to the Texans, Owner Shad Khan announced he plans to keep Tom Coughlin, Dave Caldwell and Doug Marrone for the 2019 season. Jacksonville finished the disappointing season with a 20-3 loss in Houston. The Jaguars managed one first down in the opening half and finishing with six. Blake Bortles was 15 of 28 for 107 yards.
“I have the same trust in Tom, Dave and Doug as I did upon their introduction two years ago, and I do believe our best path forward for the moment is the one less disruptive and dramatic”, said Khan.
After an appearance in the AFC Championship Game last season, the Jaguars finished the 2018 season at 5-11. Jacksonville must decide what to do with Bortles before next season. Most believe he won't return in 2019 after going 24-49 in five seasons. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft also is due to count $21 million against the salary cap, and the Jags can save $9.5 million by cutting him with a post-June 1 designation.
Full statement from Jaguars Owner Shad Khan:
I informed Tom Coughlin this week that I want him to see through our shared goal of bringing a Super Bowl title to Jacksonville. Given our overall body of work over the past two seasons, I offered to Tom that I preferred entering the 2019 season with as much stability as reasonable or possible at the top of our football operation. However, those decisions, at all times, are Tom’s decisions, and I would respect any call he made on our general manager and head coach. I am pleased that Tom sees our situation and opportunity similarly, so we will return to work this week fully confident and optimistic with Dave Caldwell as our general manger and Doug Marrone as our head coach.
I have the same trust in Tom, Dave and Doug as I did upon their introduction two years ago, and I do believe our best path forward for the moment is the one less disruptive and dramatic. Stability should not be confused with satisfaction, however. I am far from content with the status quo and while it’s best to put 2018 behind us, I will not overlook how poorly we accounted for ourselves following a 3-1 start. There were far too many long Sundays over the last three quarters of the season, with today’s loss in Houston being the final example, and that cannot repeat itself in 2019. That’s my message to our football people and players, but also our sponsors and fans, both of whom were remarkable.