The connection between quarterback Nick Foles and offensive coordinator John DiFilippo is a huge win for the success of the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
You could tell by the way he spoke at the team’s introduction of Nick Foles as the team’s new starting quarterback, Tom Coughlin, the team’s vice president of football operations, was pleased with the acquisition of the Jaguars signal caller.
While both general manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone also spoke glowingly of their newest field general, there was another coach in the room just as happy to see Foles’ familiar face in front of the podium – new offensive coordinator John DiFilippo. The bond between coach and quarterback could be the reason the Jaguars, 5-11 last season, make another run at the playoffs in 2018.
On Tuesday, when Marrone spoke to the media at the NFL League Meetings in Arizona, he echoed the idea of the fit of these two with the organization being a real positive for the Jaguars this offseason.
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This is an offseason of change for the better for his players and football team.
"“You’re always looking to get better and adding people,” Marrone said. “You’re talking about positions where you may not have someone you’re comfortable with, or you may have to replace someone.“As you go through this process, you feel good that you feel like you’re always working to get better.”"
Just by adding Foles, who had an icon run in Philadelphia the past two seasons, the Jaguars offense should be better in 2019 after scoring just over 15 points a game last season. While Foles was blessed to work with DiFilippo in Philadelphia in 2017, when “Flip” was the quarterbacks coach of the Eagles in their Super Bowl-winning season, the bond the two have is something that cannot be ignored.
Now, the Jaguars have two huge puzzle pieces that fit into what the team wants to do moving forward.
"“There is an area there of trust,” Marrone said. “There is an area of being familiar with each other. I think there are people that you can rely on in the building saying, ‘Hey, how is Nick?’ ‘He is great.’ Yes, he would know. He has been with him before.“You get a little bit of a comfort level, but you cannot take it for granted.”"
The team goes into the NFL Draft now having the ability to focus on other areas of need besides the quarterback position. The front office worked to add other players to the roster at need positions, but that does not mean they won’t be addressed again in a month in Nashville.