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Jaguars make another change at offensive coordinator

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For the second straight year, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone will look to overhaul his offense in the offseason starting with the play-caller. And, it could ultimately be the end of QB Nick Foles in Jacksonville.

First, the team announced on Monday morning that Marrone and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo had “mutually agreed to part ways” after only one season:

DeFilippo came almost as a “package deal” in January of 2019 for the attempt to lure Foles, a free agent to come from Philadelphia to Jacksonville. DeFilippo had been Foles’ quarterback coach with the Eagles ,when they won the Super Bowl in the 2017 season. He also had been the Vikings play caller in 2018, but coach Mike Zimmer abruptly fired him 2/3 of way through his first season in Minnesota.

Foles was subsequently signed to the most lucrative guaranteed contract ($50 million) the Jaguars have ever given to a quarterback in March of last year. However, he was injured with a broken collar bone in the first game. So, rookie 6th round pick, Gardner Minshew, took over (above with DeFilippo) and performed well in his absence, winning four games to keep the Jaguars in the playoff hunt.

However, once whole Foles’ collarbone was fully healed, he came back into the starting lineup and performed poorly in three consecutive losses in November, which sunk the Jags season for good and sent him back to the bench for Minshew.

Jacksonville finished 26th in the NFL in points at 18.8 per game.

That also ultimately put Marrone, his coaching staff and all of the Jaguar football front office people in jeopardy with owner Shad Khan.

Khan elected ultimately to fire VP of Football Tom Coughlin, but keep Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell. And now this Monday move being announced indicates that not only is the play caller is gone but the quarterback they thought could lead them may now be expendable.

We write “maybe,” because Foles still owed $15.8 million guaranteed from Jacksonville this season and would have a cap hit of a staggering  $33.8 million, if the Jaguars were to cut him loose.

So, seems more likely that they would be inclined to keep Foles and let some form of competition ensue this fall, where at the minimum, Foles would be a capable backup in reserve and it is something he has done throughout his career.

Back to Marrone. He fired former offensive coordinator Nate Hackett in November of 2018 as Jacksonville’s offense with QB Blake Bortles had become so bad that it was time to move on from him.

And that means, will be the third different play caller in three seasons for his offensive players, as the Jaguars try to find their way back to playoff form from the 2017 season.

A guy that might have been the option to call plays this year, and who was the interim play-caller at the end of 2018 when Hackett was dismissed, was former quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich.

However it was announced in December that Milankovitch is taking over as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL this season. Milanovich was previously head coach of the Toronto Argonauts for five seasons 2012 – 16, where he won the Grey Cup and was named CFL coach of the year his first season.

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Jaguars hire former Redskins coach Gruden as OC

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It didn’t take long for the Jaguars to come up with a new offensive coordinator and it will be a very familiar name to fans of the NFL and in specific, in Florida. Former Redskins coach and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has been hired buy coach Doug Marrone to assume play-calling duties.

NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport had the news first on Tuesday night, that the Jags had settled on the Redskins coach who was fired during his sixth season back in October:

Gruden, the younger brother of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, was fired in October after the Skins 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but were beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars had also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and had also been considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears last Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother with the Buccaneers, including their 2002 Super Bowl win.

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Jaguars interviewing former Redskins coach Jay Gruden for OC

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The Jaguars continue to look for a new offensive coordinator in an interesting name with Florida connections has emerged.

Fox Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday that former Redskins head coach and longtime Arena Football League star player and coach in the Sunshine State, Jay Gruden is on their radar:

Gruden was fired in October after an 0-5 start and while in his sixth season in Washington. He mostly struggled for the Redskins to have success with a 35-49-1 overall record. However, they won the NFC East in Gruden’s second year (2015) with a 9-7 record, but we’re beaten at home in the Wildcard Weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Gruden worked his way up to his first head coaching job after having been the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There, he worked with quarterback Andy Dalton and spectacular WR A.J. Green and his final year (2013), the Bengals were 6th in overall offense and fifth in scoring.

The Jaguars have also reportedly interviewed former Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, and are said to also be considering former Cowboys and Rams offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, for their vacancy. Coach Doug Marrone fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season last week.

While the team termed it “mutually parting ways,” DeFilippo was quickly hired by the Chicago Bears Wednesday, as a quarterback coach. And, obviously going from an NFL offensive coordinator job to a QB coach is not a lateral move.

Jacksonville’s offense sputtered at times this past season, although it was handicapped when prized free agent quarterback Nick Foles was hurt in the first game of the season and missed 9 weeks with a fractured collarbone. Rookie sixth round pick, Gardner Minshew, was good at times in relief and helped Jacksonville win six games overall with his play.

Back to Jay Gruden. He is best known in our state for having been outstanding Arena Football League quarterback leading both the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators franchises to Arena Bowl Championships.

Later his career Gruden was a player coach for the Orlando franchise, while also working during the NFL seasons in the fall as an offensive assistant under brother Jon Gruden with the Buccaneers.

Of course, the elder Gruden is now the coach of the Raiders again, and they are slated to move to Las Vegas for this fall. And, it’s entirely possible that Jay Gruden could be joining his brother with them, as well.

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