The Jaguars replaced two of their assistant coaches this weekend by adding George Warhop to oversee the offensive line and Tim Walton as secondary coach.
It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars have been busy over the weekend, adding assistants to Doug Marrone’s coaching staff. According to Alex Marvez, Tim Walton was brought in to coach the secondary, replacing Perry Fewell.
In other news, the team replaced offensive line coach Pat Flaherty with George Warhop. Both assistant coaches are veterans of the NFL.
Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio broke the news on Sunday on his Twitter account. The Jaguars fired Flaherty and Fewell the Monday after the team’s 20-3 loss to the Houston Texans in the final game of the season.
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The team also released defensive line coach Marion Hobby and running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley. Jacksonville was affected by injuries all season long, mainly on the offensive line, and an ineffective run game.
The decision to release both Hobby and Fewell may have been part of defensive coordinator Todd Wash wanting to put more of his own staff together. The Jaguars finished fifth in overall defense this past season, but looked sluggish at times during a seven-game losing streak.
Jacksonville finished 5-11 this season and own the seventh pick in the NFL Draft in April.
"Per Jon Kuland of bigcatcountry.com, “Warhop is a 23-year veteran offensive line coach, having spent time as head line coach with the St. Louis Rams, where he coached Hall of Famer Orlando Pace as a rookie, as well as stops in Arizona, Dallas, San Francisco, Cleveland, and most recently Tampa Bay, where he was the offensive line coach since 2014.”"
The Jaguars played with four different left tackles during the season that began with left tackle Cam Robinson tearing his ACL in the win over New England in the second game of the season. The only player to start all 16 games this season on the front five was right guar A.J. Cann who struggled mightily in 2017 and was regarded as the team’s weakest link on the offensive line.
Walton into a situation where both Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye are pencilled in as the starting cornerbacks and Ronnie Harrison, a rookie in 2018, will start at one of the safety positions. Tashaun Gipson could return or be released due to his cap figure in 2019.
Jacksonville released Barry Church after he was a healthy scratch in the game against Tennessee a month ago. Last offseason, Church signed a four-year, $21.6 million contract with $12 million guaranteed in March 2017. He lost his job to Harrison in Week 13.