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