The Jacksonville Jaguars must hit a home run with its offensive coordinator hire
The Jacksonville Jaguars must hit a home run when the team hires its next offensive coordinator to resuscitate a team that could not score last season.
The only thing you need to know about the Jacksonville Jaguars offense last season is the team scored 15.6 points a game in 2018. That was good enough for 31st in the NFL. In a league where the passing game is king and running the football is at times cautionary, the Jaguars still tried to use a run-first mentality while reverting to the weak passing game when the offense fell behind.
A 5-11 record was the result of injuries, poor play calling, a bad passing game and the firing of Nathaniel Hackett. His replacement, Scott Milanovich, didn’t do much better. As the organization begins the interview process of finding someone to jumpstart the wretched game plan, the team must hit a home run with their newest hire.
Yes, I made a baseball reference in a football article, but the sentiment is needed to explain the importance of who head coach Doug Marrone brings in to change Jacksonville’s fortunes.
Per Brian Jackson of news4jax.com and other media outlets, the Jaguars interviewed former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for the same position. It has been reported by 1010xl.com, the team will also interview former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken on Wednesday.
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"“The interview, which was first reported by the NFL Network, makes sense for the Jaguars who would like to play a run-first, physical brand of offense,” Jackson wrote. “That would fit with the scheme Bevell ran in Seattle. Over a four year stretch (2011-2014) Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch averaged 1,339 rushing yards per season.”"
Because the defense played far and away better than the offense in the second half of 2018, the growing sentiment is the front office must do something big to shake up the offense and the coaching staff. Hackett has been connected to Marrone back when they were both at Syracuse. The decision to fire him may have been long overdue.
While Monken was part of the coaching staff that was let go when Tampa Bay fired head coach Dirk Koetter, Bevell has been out of coaching this season. He was responsible for helping to develop Russell Wilson into a top tier NFL signal caller. The team’s quarterback position is up in the air as of now, but who the team hires could signal what kind of passer the team signs in free agency and who the front office drafts in April.
"“If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Monken spent four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars with Jack Del Rio, from 2007 through 2010 as the team’s wide receivers coach,” Alfie Crow writes. “Monken left after Del Rio was fired and took a job with Oklahoma State as the offensive coordinator.”"
In other news, Mike Kils reports the Jaguars are interested in Broncons defensive coordinator Joe Woods as their defensive backs coach. Woods would replace Perry Fewell who was fired last week with three other assistant coaches.