After their latest dismal showing at least throwing the ball, and a seventh consecutive loss, the Jaguars are sacrificing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported the move first mid-Monday morning after the Jaguars were beaten by the Bills 24 – 21 Sunday afternoon in Buffalo dropping them to 3-8:
Jaguars fired their OC Nathaniel Hackett, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 26, 2018
Hackett, who took over as the Jaguars offensive coordinator on an interim basis in 2016 when Greg Olsen was fired, help lead an offense that surged in 2017 behind then rookie RB Leonard Fournette and a solid Blake Bortles at quarterback. The Jags won 10 games and the AFC South division, and then two playoff games a year ago.
Unfortunately for Hackett, the Jaguars and their fans, the offense has been a mess this season, but not all of it is his fault.
We’ve well-documented that Fournette was injured in the opening game with the Giants and his hamstring injury kept him out of the lineup in seven of the next eight games. While the Jaguars were able to move the ball and score some early in the season, the longer they were without Fournette, it became more and more obvious their flaws on offense.
Fournette returned two weeks ago and has run the ball effectively for three games, again for the Jags, but still none of the games ended in victory.
The bigger indictment is the regression once again of Bortles at quarterback. He played another game Sunday where he was just 12 – 23 for 127 yards with a touchdown but too costly interceptions. Bortles has 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the season, and more glaring is the Jaguars are averaging barely 230 yards in the air, as the offense has suffered.
It’s not clear who will call the plays moving forward, but former NFL quarterback and former Toronto Argonaughts (CFL) head coach Scott Milanovich is on the staff, as QB coach. And just like Hackett did two years ago when he was the quarterback coach, he may be the logical guy to be promoted to call plays.
The Jaguars confirmed the move with a statement from Marrone about 20 minutes after Schefter’s report:
We have relieved Nathaniel Hackett of his duties as offensive coordinator. pic.twitter.com/Uo1STVn3aa
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 26, 2018
Hackett was previously with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone as the offensive coordinator, when they were both in the same roles ironically, in Buffalo. He had modest success there in 2013 – 14.
He gave this statement to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later on Monday morning:
“I knew Doug had thought about it. I guess the football Gods had it out for me. We started off hot, had so many injuries, we were a completely different team. Guys busted their butts, but you can only do so much. I wish I could’ve figured something out.” — Nathaniel Hackett.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 26, 2018
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