If they were interested in Marrone, why didn't they try him out sooner with Gus Bradley dying on the vine?
There were no plans to make an in-season change until the Rams forced our hand.
Why did they hire an outside search firm if their goal was to maintain consistency for Bortles?
I don't know what to think of this based on Caldwell stating that Bortles wasn't a requirement. He has one year left and the draft is upcoming. I don't see an issue here.
And, perhaps most baffling of all, why wouldn't they control the message and release news of the Coughlin hire before news of the Marrone hire broke?
Because Twitter. The bigger question is how long has Coughlin actually 'had' the job and to what effect did it have on the other coaching hires? Did they know that Coughlin was to be the EVP which would effectively kill any real weight on personnel.
Another few thoughts:
Were other teams asking about Marrone that might have played into us grabbing him first?
Did the hot, new OCs want too much in the way of personnel decisions?
With 3 year contracts, the leash is a helluva lot shorter than the Bradley hire. That's great in terms of us cutting bait if this doesn't work out.
I'm interested to see how the Coughlin / Caldwell dynamic plays out. They've both been hit and miss on talent evaluations (as has every GM since the beginning of time), but Caldwell's handling of contracts and cap space doesn't even compare to what I remember from Coughlin. So the question begs, will they be able to work together or has Caldwell been relegated to a cap manager?