Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett will put their finger prints on the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in 2017. They will run a hybrid Air Coryell offense.
Doug Marrone is the new Jacksonville Jaguars head coach after serving as the interim in Weeks 16 and 17. Marrone has head coaching experience but most noteworthy, Nathaniel Hackett was his offensive coordinator. Based on this, expect the Jaguars to run a hybrid Air Coryell offense in 2017.
In 2009, Marrone and Hackett were at Syracuse University. Per the Buffalo Bills team site:
"The pair decided they would work together to further develop the identity of the Syracuse offense. Marrone and Hackett essentially isolated themselves in a room and didn’t emerge until they formulated a system they felt would work for their team."
In 2013 and 2014, the Bills ran a hybrid Air Coryell offense. The Air Coryell offense has had many versions since the original. Some of the noteworthy disciples include: Norv Turner, Mike Martz, and Joe Gibbs. Each disciple has stressed different points of Air Coryell.
Turner emphasized the tight end in his attack in Dallas. Jay Novacek was an important weapon for the Turner offensive brand. The H-back/F-back is a Turner wrinkle.
Mike Martz created the “Greatest Show On Turf” with his hybrid offense. His version featured Marshall Faulk as a run/receive featured running back.
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Joe Gibbs’ version featured a very strong offensive line – the Hogs. Gibbs had three different quarterbacks and running backs that won Super Bowls but the Hogs were the constant factor. His thought was to control the line of scrimmage.
How Might Jacksonville Run Their Version of Air Coryell
First, Blake Bortles might flourish in this system. He would have simpler reads and throw shorter routes. In Buffalo, Marrone went 9-7 with Kyle Orton as his quarterback.
Second, Marrone has the receivers to run a Martz hybrid. Martz used Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt effectively. Marrone has Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee to integrate into his version. Bryan Walters would be an excellent option as well.
Finally, Marrone is an offensive line coach turned head coach. His version of Air Coryell might resemble Joe Gibbs’. There is a chance that Marrone, along with Pat Flaherty, will build the newest version of the Hogs.
Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett have worked together since 2009. They will run the best Air Coryell hybrid that fits their personnel.