Doug Marrone clearly has a bit of an eccentric personality compared to most NFL head coaches. But he watches the Super Bowl, right? Right???
The Jacksonville Jaguars head coach had an amusing exchange with New England reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. He admitted that not only did he not watch Super Bowl LII between the Patriots and Eagles, he hasn’t watched the Super Bowl at all in decades.
So when was the last time he did watch the big game?
“Probably when I wasn’t coaching and I was allowed to gamble,” Marrone joked, via NESN’s Zack Cox. “Probably when I was like, 12. When I had a little money on it. You guys write that, I’ll probably get [expletive] investigated.”
Marrone did say that his offensive and defensive coaches have watched the Super Bowl to prepare for the Patriots. But he never watches the Super Bowl himself, mainly because “I’m usually so pissed off I can’t handle it” and “I watch enough tape during the year.”
It would probably behoove Marrone to actually watch the Patriots’ recent film, although it might not benefit much as far as how to attack the defense. There’s been enough turnover and improvement there since last season to make a big difference regardless of what’s on tape. They’ll also likely try new things that hasn’t been put on film yet.
Marrone did have a solid game plan in last season’s AFC Championship Game, but just couldn’t quite put it together for 60 minutes. So he’s obviously not as clownish as he is in his press conferences when he’s doing actual coaching. It’ll be intriguing to see how well-prepared his Jaguars are for this Sunday’s rematch. If they’re not ready to go, his comments about the film could come back to bite him.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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