In their quest to totally remake their offense in 2019, the Jaguars and head coach Doug Marrone finally made a decision on an offensive coordinator. However, the oddly timed hiring of John DeFilippo on Wednesday only raises more questions about the short-term viability of Jacksonville’s offense.
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DeFilippo is the former offensive coordinator in Minnesota, who was unceremoniously dumped late in the year by head coach Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer had hired DeFilippo off of the world champion Philadelphia Eagles staff to come in and work with newly acquired free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. However, the offense sputtered and late in the year in two key losses to New England and on a Monday night to the Seahawks, they scored a total of only 17 points.
DeFilippo previously was the quarterback coach for the Eagles working not only with starter Carson Wentz, but backup Nick Foles during last January’s run to the Super Bowl win over the Patriots. And that helped him, win out over former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and former Cardinals and Broncos offensive coordinator and Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who had also interviewed for the Jags position.
The team also confirmed hiring George Warhop, who had previously been in Tampa Bay for the last five seasons as offensive line coach. Warhop has over twenty years of NFL offensive line experience, and also coached Marrone, when they were together with the London Monarchs of NFL Europe in the early 1990s.
Jacksonville also announced that they’ve hired longtime NFL wide receiver coach Terry Robiskie, most recently of Buffalo, and switched his position to running backs. Part of the belief is that Robiskie will be mentoring star running back Leonard Fournette, who dropped off due to injury and off-the-field concerns in 2018.
The bigger question is: will Robiskie get the chance? Or, might VP of Football, Tom Coughlin, who shot off a fiery statement about Fournette’s seeming uncaring attitude sitting on the bench while the offense had the ball in the season ender at Houston, look to trade him?
And, with Coughlin/Marrone having fired Nathaniel Hackett during the season, and also benching quarterback Blake Bortles, who’s obviously about to be run out of North Florida, the order of things seems a little odd
Odd because, Warhop and Robiskie were hired before the more important offensive coordinator position. And clearly, DeFilippo after having been fired by the Vikings during the season wasn’t in a leverage position to demand his own offensive staff.
So, at the very least this seems as an “odd marriage.” And, it was almost out of a “one-year stop gap,” while the Jaguars figure out in free agency and or the Draft, who the quarterback of the future is?
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