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Jack and the Offense

Kirk Morrison is happy to be a Jaguar and play for a coach who used to be a linebacker. He knows that Middle Linebacker is the key to the defense and in this role, he and Jack will be close.

Larry Hart, in his interview with Big Cat Country said this about Jack

From what I can tell he spends alot of his time with the defense with the LB’s and DB’s

The defensive backs is where I saw Mel Tucker spend his time. When they come out for practice, it seems Mel and Jack have an affinity.

Jack said this recently at a Team Teal rally at the Times Union:

 This is gonna be a nasty defense. And I mean nasty in a good way.

Everything I see and hear and read says Jack loves the defense. Jack is at home with the defense. The defense knows Jack.

But what about the offense? I have never heard any offensive guy speak of Jack in the same way as the defensive guys do. I have never heard the word “offense” and “Jack Del Rio” used in the same sentence. This is curious to me.

I know there were reports that Mike Tice was involved in offensive planning last year. Mike Tice coached tight ends and had an offensive background. I heard Kennedy Pola had input into the offense last year. Kennedy Pola coached the running backs. Both of them are gone.

What I honestly don’t know is the dynamics inside the Jaguar organization and Jack’s role with the offense. Especially now with his close group broken up, what are the new cliques? Has Jack totally stepped away from the offense? What role does he play in it? How much control does Dirk Koetter actually have?

Does anyone know what is going on with the offense? If you do, leave a comment or write me an email. If you want to write an aricle about it, let me know. I am very curious about this.

- Terry O’Brien

Topics: Dirk Koetter, Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars

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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    I’ll try to find out Terry with Mike tonight. But I think Jack has little influence on the offense. I think he is a Lowie Smith type of coach; he nned a good offensive coordinaator to be succesful.

    • acedarney

      Exactly. When a head coach is an expert on one side of the ball, he needs a coordinator on the other side of the ball that can lead with little oversight. I don’t know if y’all follow Georgia Tech any, but Paul Johnson is the HC/OC, and he just hired Al Groh to run the defense essentially by himself with no input from Coach Johnson. Al Groh was a head coach before at UVA, so they essentially have two head coaches: one for each side of the ball. I think Dirk Koetter needs to be that second head coach/leader type for the Jaguars to be successful.

      • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

        Yeah, I am seeing it that way also. I am wondering about the change in dynamics since Mike Tice and Kennedy Pola left. Does this mean Dirk Koetter must grow or does it mean Dirk Koetter can be himself?

        • zoltanfrombudapest

          I think Koetter can be run his offense now- Michael C Wright wrote that Tice and Pola’s leaving means Dirk has all the power now over the offense.

          BY he way Mike Thhomas said; Jack is spends his time mostly with the D.