After deciding to retain Doug Marrone as head coach earlier this month, the Jaguars have decided to permanently elevate Nathaniel Hackett, too and make him full time offensive coordinator.
Jacksonville made the move official earlier tonight:
#Jaguars retain Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) January 18, 2017
As the release states, Hackett had been on staff since 2015 as QB coach, and had replaced the fired Greg Olson as the OC mid-season, while Gus Bradley was still the head coach. Bradley was fired with two games to go and Marrone got the interim head coaching job going 1-1.
He is the son of former Pitt and USC college head coach and former NFL offensive coordinator, Paul Hackett.
There is an obvious comfort level between Marrone and the younger Hackett, as Hackett was his offensive coordinator with the Bills for two seasons and previously, for him at Syracuse.
Jaguar fans were excited to learn that Chip Kelly was in their building Monday, apparently to discuss the offensive coordinator job or at least some prominent role on offense. Nonetheless, new VP Tom Coughlin, who had already asserted himself in the hiring processes, signed off on keeping Hackett in charge of the offense.
This move would also indicate that the Jags will attempt to work with the embattled Blake Bortles at QB. Hackett has been with him for two seasons and Bortles clearly played in the final two games with the Marrone/Hackett tandem completely in charge.
This does not mean that there won’t be competition at QB, either through a free agent signing, the upcoming draft or even, as we theorized, maybe a big name trade, with a veteran like Tony Romo, in play.
As with all in Jacksonville, stay tuned.