Sep 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley fist bumps quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during a timeout in the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers rolled to a 33-14 win over the Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
2) Will the Offense Finally Come Together?
Perhaps one of the more curious decisions early in Gus Bradley’s tenure with the Jaguars was the hiring of Jedd Fisch as offensive coordinator. The former collegiate coordinator was an uninspiring selection and seemed ill-prepared for the NFL. Now, Bradley has a brain trust of NFL-caliber offensive minds in offensive coordinator Greg Olson, quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett, and offensive line coach Doug Marrone. The three of them all have extensive NFL experience and have served as offensive coordinators in the past.
While Olson doesn’t seem an inspiring choice based on his background, he is a step up from Fisch. Hackett has a history of success with quarterbacks and could be invaluable in the development of quarterback Blake Bortles. The most intriguing addition, though, is Marrone. Morrone’s past offensive success and head coaching experience may be the most critical asset for a Jags offense that is struggling to come together and find success. The Jags are still a terribly young team and will need to be molded into something special by these three men.
Successful NFL head coaches know where they are weak and seek out people who can fill those deficiencies. It’s what made guys like Bill Cowher, Bill Belichick, and Tony Dungy among the most successful coaches in recent NFL history. Bradley may finally have a group of offensive minds who can put a competitive product together on the offensive side of the ball. After another strong draft, the Jaguars may have the talent to become something special. 2015 could be the year the offense finally comes together.
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