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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball since the end of the 2014 season.
So far it’s just coaching changes, but with the additions of Greg Olson (Offensive Coordinator), Doug Marrone (offensive line/assistant head coach), and Nathaniel Hackett (quarterbacks coach) the Jaguars have significantly upped their credibility.
Let’s be clear, none of those guys (except Marrone in my book) really inspires confidence for the Jaguars. There has been a lot of mediocrity in their work histories.
Yet bringing in those three greatly improves what was an incredibly troubled unit under first-time NFL offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch over the last two seasons.
So for 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars get a brain trust of some experienced NFL offensive minds.
Will it cause conflict? Michael DiRocco over at ESPN worries that it could if not orchestrated correctly. Head coach Gus Bradley must control his brain trust well and establish the hierarchy to avoid bad friction. DiRocco notes:
"Though he has final say and will be in charge of calling plays, Olson said he welcomes input from Marrone and Hackett as well as any of the other coaches on the staff, including new running backs coach Kelly Skipper, whom he brought with him from Oakland."
That’s the right attitude for Olson going forward and as long as he is clear that the final say is his and the head coach’s, then it shouldn’t be a problem for the Jaguars.
Even if there is a “butting of heads” or friction, however, I believe the Jaguars will be stronger through that conflict.
Certainly there are some best ways to go about playing the game of football, but the way to win is always adapting. There is always change in the NFL and there is going to be a best way for each player to approach his job. Having Olson, Marrone, and Hackett available for those players to work with is key and will be a great building block for the Jaguars.
Having those different perspectives is also key. Understanding different schools of thought, different infusions of experience, and different approaches to the game will help the Jags’ young players begin to piece the game together more completely. They will be able to develop more fully both in their assignments and mentally as they grow into the game.
I love that the Jaguars have a brain trust running their offense for the next season. It should help the team take a big step forward (we won’t get ahead of ourselves and say a leap).
Hopefully we don’t hear too much contention from these three minds, but if we do let’s keep in mind that this could be an overall beneficial experience even if there is some disagreement on how things should be done. Ultimately it’s about the product on the field and I believe this brain trust can improve it.