INDIANAPOLIS – As far as Dave Caldwell is concerned, the past is the past. The Jacksonville Jaguars' general manager and St. Francis High School graduate said Thursday he was not concerned with the circumstances that surrounded Doug Marrone's exit as head coach of the Buffalo Bills following the 2014 season. Caldwell removed the interim tag from Marrone after the 2016 season, making him permanent head coach of the Jaguars.
"He's been here the last two years, and obviously I'm from Buffalo, so I followed that situation closely as it kind of unfolded," Caldwell said during his press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I know the kind of person he is. I've spent he last two years working with him day in, day out. ... I think Doug's a great human being and great person and like he said yesterday, I think he learned how to handle different situations and I think it's going to make him a better coach this time around."
Marrone went 1-1 after replacing Gus Bradley as the Jaguars' coach last season. That two-week auction proved valuable.
"He was able to identify quickly what went wrong what needs to be fixed," Caldwell said. "He've very decisive in his plan moving forward for the next couple years. The players really responded to him the last two weeks of the season. I anticipate that being even more so during this season."