The Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich has accepted an offer to coach the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.
The Jaguars, through the team’s website, announced that Milanovich has been named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, but would remain with Jacksonville for the final three games of the season.
"Per John Oehser, “Milanovich, the Jaguars’ quarterbacks coach since 2017, spent 2012-2016 as the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts and coached that organization to the CFL’s Grey Cup Championship following the 2012 season.“The Eskimos announced Milanovich as their head coach Thursday afternoon.”"
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Milanovich came on board in head coach Doug Marrone’s first full season as head coach and helped then offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett guide the offense with Blake Bortles under center and rookie running back Leonard Fournette to a top 10 offense. The team lead the NFL in rushing that season with more than 140 yards per game from scrimmage.
Milanovich also replaced Hackett as the team’s offensive coordinator for the final five games of last season when he was fired. Marrone, through a prepared statement, wished his coach nothing but success in the future.
"“Scott was adamant that he wanted to finish out the season in Jacksonville with his position group and his fellow coaches,” Marrone said. “He’ll continue to work hard on preparing our quarterbacks for the remaining three games of the season.“I’m excited for Scott and his family to embark on a new journey in Edmonton in January, and we wish them the best.”"
Milanovich will be on the sidelines on Sunday when the Jaguars face the Oakland Raiders on the west coast. Jacksonville is hoping to end a five-game skid where the team is averaging just 11.4 points a game in that span. Rookie Gardner Minshew will once again start in place of veteran Nick Foles.
In Minshew’s first start back after Foles replaced him after the bye week, he threw for 162 yards and a touchdown without an interception. Minshew has now thrown for 2,594 yards and 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions.