For a Jaguars fan, it’s a season which began with playoff hopes and has unraveled before we hit November. So, with the playoffs seemingly so far out of reach with still most of the schedule remaining, Jacksonville used their long weekend to make a critical move on the coaching staff.
Greg Olson was replaced as Offensive Coordinator, in a move that seems like the first of many to be coming the Jags way in the months to come. In NFL circles, new OC Nate Hackett is seen as an innovative mind, who had the handcuffs put on him by Doug Marrone while in Buffalo. Ironically, Marrone is now on the staff as Assistant Head Coach with the Jags.
“I don’t think anyone is happy with where we’re at, I mean we’re 2-5 and that sucks,” said Hackett.
Considering the expectations placed on the Jaguars at the beginning of the year, “sucks” might be putting it mildly. Yet, with Hackett taking over the play calling, the odds are skewed for an uptick in the twenty-eighth ranked offense.
“Anytime there is a change like that, it’s different, it’s shocking, it’s a change and something to adjust to,” QB Blake Bortles said earlier this week.
The biggest adjustment needed, is Bortles propensity for turning over the football. The Jaguars go in to their Week 10 matchup with Kansas City minus eight in turnover margin: bad enough for 31st in the league. Bortles’ nine interceptions is tied for the second most of quarterbacks who have played in every game this season. It’s easy to see why change was needed.
“As long as he knows that I’m there for him and I want to make him successful, whether it is through mechanics or just understanding, and what were trying to accomplish versus our next think that is kind of the first step,” said Hackett.
The next step would be figuring out how to keep the offense on the field. The Jags rank thirtieth in Time of Possession averaging just 27:01 with the football.
“When you look at the whole thing, it hasn’t been successful,” said Hackett. “I think that is why you have to take a good hard look at it.”
To peel one more layer back, the offense was top 10 in “explosive plays” a season ago, this year their twenty-ninth. Averaging just over three “explosives” through eight games, is completely the opposite of what made Olson’s offense successful a year ago.
Clearly, it has gone backwards. Sure, there is something to be said about how teams are game planning for receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, but mostly it comes down to the lack of execution.
“If we get everyone on the same page, focus on some of those things we’ve seen (Bortles) do well, I think that will help us,” said Hackett.
If there is any tale of a season turnaround the Jaguars need to follow, it’s one starring them in the face this Sunday. The Chiefs last season dropped their first five games before rattling off 11 straight victories, proving it is possible.
But, for the Jags, it’s small steps and playing well on offense for four quarters is the first goal, this week.
Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach
The Jaguars are trying to fix things offensively and especially, at the quarterback position. And, to that end, they have apparently settled on another hire, involving another former NFL head coach to lead their QB room.
ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reported Tuesday night the Jacksonville is hiring former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, to be their quarterback coach:
Ben McAdoo is being hired as the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, per source. The former Giants coach is back in after two years out of the NFL. McAdoo has worked well with Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning in his previous stints.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 12, 2020
McAdoo had been under consideration by head coach, Doug Marrone, for the offensive coordinator vacancy that occurred when the team dismissed John DeFilippo after just one season.
Eventually, Marrone decided upon another former NFC East coach, Jay Gruden, from the Redskins, as the offensive coordinator hire. Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, is known as an innovator in the passing game.
However, the Jags, including GM Dave Caldwell, were obviously impressed with Macado’s previous work with the Giants and Eli Manning. McAdoo began as an offensive coordinator in New York in 2014 – 15. He was then given the head coaching job, basically at the uriging of the two-time Super Bowl champion QB Manning to take over in 2016.
The Giants finished 11 – 5 McAdoo’s first year as the head coach and made the playoffs. However, the relationship with Eli Manning quickly soured and the team fell apart going 2 – 10 in its first 12 games with McAdoo actually benching Manning late in the 2017 season. McAdoo was fired the week after that benching and has been out of the NFL the last two seasons.
McAdoo will replace QB coach Scott Milanovich, who took over as head coach of the CFL Edmonton Eskimos for later this summer.
The Jaguars still have to resolve their quarterback situation, as they have high price free agent signing Nick Foles, who did not perform well in his first season in Jacksonville. And then, they have fan favorite rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew, who did play well at times in relief of the injured Foles and when Marrone benched Foles for the final four games of the year.
Jaguars president Lamping continued to defend two London games
With a fan base that is unsure whether or not Jaguars owner Shad Khan really wants to move half his team’s schedule, if not the team entirely to London, team president Mark Lamping took to the national radio airwaves Thursday morning trying to defend this week’s announcement that they will be playing a second home game in the U.K. this fall.
Lamping was a guest on “Sirius XM NFL Radio” morning show with co-host Bob Papa and Charlie Weis and tried to make clear that playing a second home game in London starting this year, is in the best interest of keeping pro football in North Florida:
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 6, 2020
Lamping told the hosts that Khan is “taking all the actions he believes are necessary to ensure the future of the NFL in Northeast Florida,” during the conversation. He went on to discuss Khan’s commitment to land development around TIAA Bank Field and how playing this second home game in London will be able to help with revenue.
Still, it’s totally understandable that Jaguars fans who hear those comments and say, “your words are empty and your actions of moving a second game to London’s Wembley Stadium mean everything.”
And, they would not be wrong to say or think that.
A franchise wanting to stay committed and strong in the market/region where they are, isn’t looking to take 1/4 of the regular season home schedule and play games five time zones away.
The point Lamping was trying to make is the same that Khan did earlier in the week: that the Jaguars make easily $500,00 and maybe north of $1 million more money by selling their home games to the NFL to put on abroad vs. playing in a half empty stadium in Jacksonville,.
The real bottom line with respect to attendance/revenue is: the Jaguars have only had one winning season in eight years under Khan’s ownership. In fact, they’ve lost at least 10 games (including the last two years) in those 7 other seasons, and the losing has caused fan apathy, which therefore results in a lack of revenue.
And, most Jaguar fans were unhappy, or just met with that apathy, Khan’s decision last December to not go ahead and wipe the slate clean from coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell, who were part of those last two years. This especially, after firing VP of football,, Tom Coughlin, late in the 2019 season.
The belief from many fans, who post online or call Jacksonville sports radio, etc., is that there’s going to be more of the same of losing in 2020. And then, the owner threatening to move more games every year to London, while still being based in Jacksonville.
For now, the NFL is willing to allow Khan to play more games in the U.K., while being based in Jacksonville.
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