After a disappointing 2018 Jaguars season ended Sunday, head coach Doug Marrone was given a vote of confidence by owner Shad Khan and brought back to lead the team in 2019. However, several of his assistant coaches were fired Monday in the latest shake-up of the Jaguar staff.
In addition to RBs coach Tyrone Wheatley being fired, source tells me @Jaguars also have parted ways with Perry Fewell (DBs), Pat Flaherty (offensive line) & Marion Hobby (defensive line)
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 1, 2019
The firing of Wheatley is likely directly related to the under-performance of the running backs, as a whole, but specifically, the actions of star running back Leonard Fournette and backup running back T.J. Yeldon on the bench during Sunday’s 20 – 3 loss to the Houston Texans. As we wrote Monday, Vice President of Football Tom Coughlin publicly blasted the two running backs after CBS Television cameras showed them Sunday completely disconnected from the rest of their teammates and the coaching staff. They continued to sit on the bench, while the offense had the ball.
Along with Wheatley being removed on the offense, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty was also fired Monday. The Jaguars battled multiple injuries to their line this season, including losing star second year left tackle Cam Robinson early in the year to a torn ACL.
Marrone had already fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in November after the Jaguars offense had begun to flounder. That continued with interim offensive coordinator Scott Milanovich with the Jags scoring just two offensive touchdowns in the last five games. They scored 3 points in the loss to Houston Sunday.
There’s no word yet on whether Marrone will attempt to keep Milanovich, who has also been the quarterbacks coach, in the play calling role, or if he will hire someone else to come call plays.
Marrone wasn’t done, as he also fired two defensive assistants: defensive line coach Marion Hobby and defensive backs coach Perry Fewell. However, he did keep defensive coordinator Todd Wash.
Wash, was the defensive coordinator for previous coach Gus Bradley, and was retained by Marrone when he became the full-time coach in January of 2017
It should be noted the Jaguars defense under Wash picked up their play the second half of this season and actually, helped Jacksonville win two games with Indianapolis and Miami holding the opposition to a total of seven points in those games.
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