Who is running the Offense?

It seems I have more questions than answers lately. Writing a blog, I have the Jacksonville Jaguars on my mind a lot. Thoughts creep in and questions come to mind. Things add up and things don’t add up.  Here is my latest “wondering” ideas.

I know Dirk Koetter is running the offense. Zoltan and I have been paying attention to this point quite a bit more than you think. Mike Thomas said Jack Del Rio doesn’t bother with the offense much. Jack is spending time on the defense. Mike Tice is gone and Kennedy Pola is gone. Dirk Koetter can run his own show, or can he?

The Jaguars had to commit to an identity and that was running the ball. Maurice Jones Drew complained last year when the team got away from running the ball. Dirk Koetter is a mad scientist in love with the passing game. Dirk admitted this in a TU article. He said he is more disposed to passing. So who makes him run the ball? Who will monitor his play calling and say “we aren’t running the ball enough Dirk”. Who will do that?

Is Dirk Koetter going to try and change his philosophy to satisfy what the Jaguars want to be? Will Dirk Koetter feel someone is looking over his shoulder if he doesn’t call this many run plays during a game? In short, who is in charge of Dirk Koetter? Is it Jack Del Rio? He is the head coach, but we don’t see the involvement. How will the Jaguar game plan be developed? How is this going to work in real game situations?

We saw last year that David Garrard was told to check off if the defense showed a certain look. The defense picked up on that, showed the look and baited David into changing the play. Finally the Jaguars had to tell David to commit to the original play no matter what. Confusion was the result and it cost the team victories, in my opinion. The Jacksonville Jaguars did not always have their act together on offense last year.

So why will this year be different? What has changed? I can feel the energy on the defense. I can feel the difference coming. I don’t yet sense that on offense. I still don’t know why we will be different and better. All I hear is that Monroe and Britton will be better. I see Kynan Forney coming on strongly and I hope Justin Smiley is a healthy addition. But that tells me the offensive line will get better, not that the offense will be better. Our Red Zone performance showed the confusion we suffered.

Until camp opens and I can see what is happening, I remain skeptical that the Jaguars have addressed the leadership of the offense. I don’t question Dirk Koetter. Well during games, we all question Dirk, but I don’t question his overall competence. I like him. I just don’t know if he is free to do what he wants and if not, who is holding him back? 

We will see soon enough. June is almost half over and that means one thing… training camp! I want to see someone leading the Jaguar offense. I want to see real improvement. I am not yet sure it is there.  What are your thoughts?

- Terry O’Brien

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  • keithg

    I see our offense being better for 5 main reasons:

    1) O-line is going to pass protect AND run block better. Fewer sacks, better running lanes = better efficiency.

    2) WR core will have had an entire off-season to work on timing etc. Plus, of course, the rookies from last year will be more comfortable with the game, and what they need to do.

    3) Mojo is mojo, but I keep hearing that Rashad Jennings has made big strides and is looking more comfrtable than last year. Throw in the new kid (Deji? cn’t remember) and our RBs should be better…. even if it just means that Mojo can take more rests and play fresher.

    4) Our TE group is, I think going to emerge as a genuine threat in the passing game. Lewis started to look good last year, and Miller has plenty of potential.

    5) Importantly, our defense should be better this year… so our offense might even get to spend time on the field this year :) It’s amazing what a difference having opportunities to be on the field can do for an offense.

    As to who is going to run the offense… good question. I seem to remember Dirk pretty much being told by Wayne Weaver that he needed to spend the off-season looking at other teams and why our offense looked so stale. I just hope they have made our offense more dynamic in terms of playbook. Runnning the ball obviously needs to be a big factor, but it really is a passing league nowadays.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    At least we will know how good OC is Koetter. If he is good. No matter what happens with JDR; I would keep him. If not; then Gene must find a new OC too.