Jaguars Assistant Coaches Moving On Up

Three Jaguar assistant coaches have landed new jobs. In each case, I can argue they have moved up in the NFL coaching ladder.

Andy Heck was selected by Andy Ried to coach the offensive line in Kansas City. Andy was our O-Line coach but if Andy Ried turns the Chiefs around, Andy Heck will be noticed. Normally moving from the Jaguars to the Chiefs is not considered moving up, but coaching for Andy Ried right now looks up to me.

Mel Tucker is the new Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator. Chicago is a much more visible position than the Jaguars position and so Mel Tucker landed in a better upward position than he had here. Mel Tucker can leverage that into a HC possibility with a strong Bears defensive showing.

Greg Olson went from our QB coach to the Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator.  Olson has more NFL experience than Gus Bradley. With a strong performance in Oakland, Greg can leverage his experience and successes into a HC position.

Somehow I don’t believe coaching was the Jaguars’ problem. I think Jack Del Rio and Mike Mularkey could have delivered playoff teams if they had something to work with. The biggest change the Jaguars needed was in the GM position and now we wait and see.

- Terry O’Brien

Topics: Chicago Bears, Greg Olson, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mel Tucker, Oakland Raiders

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  • john

    who would’ve guessed go from a 2&14 team to 2&14 who had an easier record and it’s improvement…
    I guess if Kansas City had better players they would not of needed to fire their coachs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Terry1215 Terry O’Brien

      I bet Andy Heck was honored to be chosen by Andy Reid and that Andy Reid had no shortage of talent to choose from.

  • Zain Gowani

    Agreed. Coaches need talent first, flexibility second, and creativity third. The latter two are so highly dependent on the first that it’s almost impossible to evaluate coaches on a 2-14 team.

  • vallenii

    Was Olson gone before Bradley was hired? If not, that may have been a big whiff by Bradley …

    • LukeNSims

      It was today. I don’t know what Olson would do as an OC. Maybe Bradley wanted someone with a bit more experience as a coordinator. I wish Hue Jackson had still been available.

      • vallenii

        I would feel better with Jackson as well.

        My thoughts, regarding Olson, were of maintaining continuity for Gabbert/Henne.

        • LukeNSims

          Quite the complex way to model your coaching philosophy. As always good work by Kuharsky.

          I was just reading that a big reason Dennis Allen in Oakland wanted Olson is because he is a proponent of a power running game. Fisch definitely wants to throw the ball a bit and take shots downfield. It’s a spot Gabbert can definitely get better at. I’m thinking they may really be trying to set him up for success even with the inevitable quarterback competition.

          • vallenii

            No doubt, a power running game would suit McFadden and take some heat off of Palmer.
            Do you think Greg Jones might be a Raider soon?

      • vallenii

        I just read an article by Paul Kuharsky,

        http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/46635/a-first-look-at-the-jaguars-coordinators.

        It contains some interesting comment by Fisch.