The shuffling of assistant coaches is going at a frenzied pace in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars maybe taking advantage of it with a former Buccaneers offensive line coach.
George Warhop, who has coached the Buccaneers O-line for the last five seasons is apparently on the move to North Florida.
Source tells me George Warhop (offensive line) and Tim Walton (defensive backs) expected to join @jaguars coaching staff
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 13, 2019
Warhop has been coaching offensive line in the NFL for over 20 years. He was most previously with the Cleveland Browns before Tampa Bay from 2009 – 13. There he worked with Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who was an All-Pro every season during that time. Previous to that, Warhop was with the San Francisco 49ers for four years, as well.
He was originally hired by Lovie Smith in 2014 in Tampa Bay and after a shaky 2-14 season, Warhop’s offensive line paved the way for running back Doug Martin to finish second in the NFL in rushing the next season. That was also the rookie year for Jameis Winston, where he became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
Warhop stayed onboard when head coach Dirk Koetter took over in 2016. However, the Buccaneers offensive line has been plagued by inconsistency and penalties especially over the last two seasons, where they won only 10 total games.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars are in need of an offensive line coach after firing Pat Flaherty along with three other assistants at the end of a disappointing 5-11 season themselves.
Another component is the Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone is trying to hire an offensive coordinator, as Nathaniel Hackett was fired during the season.
We have written that both former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and former Broncos Super bowl-winning coach and longtime NFL offensive coordinator and head coach Gary Kubiak are both apparently on the Jags radar.
It would be interesting and unusual the Jacksonville will be hiring an offensive line coach before the coordinator. It would indicate two things: either that Marrone himself believes that much in Warhop or the Jags may very well have decided who the offensive coordinator is going to be and Warhop is coming with him.
Here’s an interesting tidbit Sunday night from Jaguars beat writer Phillip Heilman of Jacksonville.com
#Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and expected-to-be OL coach George Warhop have an interesting connection: Warhop was the OC for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football during Marrone's season with the team in 1991.
Here's what Warhop said about Marrone in 2018. pic.twitter.com/M9Eg6Ze9EJ
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) January 13, 2019
So, obviously, Warhop made an impact on Marrone, when he was a player for London in the World League in the early 1990s.
Time will tell on what Jacksonville is doing overall on offense, but clearly their injury-ravaged offensive line has to be better in 2019, and Warhop has a bunch of experience.
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