JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Shortly after a tweet Saturday by ESPN reporter Dianna Russini reported that Doug Marrone — the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars — would be dismissed following Sunday’s game, a tweet from Ian Rapoport stated that there was no truth to the report.
Rapoport, a reporter for the NFL Network, tweeted a statement from Jim Woodcock, the spokesperson for Jaguars owner Shad Khan:
“Reports that Doug Marrone will be dismissed after Sunday’s game are 100 percent incorrect. Owner Shad Khan will meet with his football staff, which includes coaching and personnel, midweek next week.”
Woodcock was referencing the report that was tweeted by Russini:
Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone has been informed that he will be dismissed following Sunday’s game vs. Colts, per sources. Jaguars will begin a search for a new head coach.— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 28, 2019
Additionally, ProFootballTalk said it confirmed with multiple sources that Marrone has not been told he will be let go.
Per multiple sources, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has not been told he'll be fired after Sunday's game. (He could still be fired after Sunday's game, but he hasn't been told that.)— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 28, 2019
Tony Khan, Shad Khan’s son and the Jaguars Senior Vice President of Football Administration and Technology, also made an appearance on Twitter -- refuting the ESPN report.
On the other hand, imagine reading that 100% false report stating you’d been informed that you’d been fired when in fact nobody had ever told you that?— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) December 28, 2019
It has been a disappointing season for the Jaguars, who enter Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. game against the Colts at 5-10. Khan already fired executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin.