The Jaguars were one of the worst teams on offense this past season after bringing in John DeFilippo to try and generate a spark in 2019.
The decision came down Monday morning as head coach Doug Marrone began meeting with his coaches to assess the team’s staff moving forward. This is the third assistant coach who has left the team so far. Scott Milanovich, the team’s quarterback’s coach, announced before the end of the season he was would become the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos, but wanted to stay with the Jaguars through the end of the season.
It was announced late last week that assistant running backs coach John Donovan had been offered the offensive coordinator job with the University of Washington.
“DeFilippo served one season as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator,” John Oehser writes. “They ranked 26th in the NFL in points with 300 and 20th in the NFL in total yards with 342 yards per game.”
The Jaguars were 16th in passing yards per game (235 a contest) and 17th in rushing (106.8 per game). The Jaguars averaged 18.8 points a game, which was 26th in the NFL.
My take on this is simple. I thought the front office would get at least one more year out of DeFilippo before a decision was made. We aren’t sure what the reasoning was for the “mutual” decision by both sides.
There were plenty of missed opportunities this past season for DeFilippo and the coaching staff. The change at quarterback where the offense was first designed for Nick Foles, but Gardner Minshew out-performed the veteran when he was not injured.
The lack of a tight end in the offensive game plan did play a big part in the lack of mobility in both the passing game and the rushing attack. DeFilippo was at a disadvantage with his first three tight ends on the roster all suffering season-ending injuries.
Part of the deficiency in the run game, despite Leonard Fournette running for 1,152 yards for the season, was the effectiveness of the offensive line and the blocking scheme. Also, the offense was dismal in the red zone, which is a direct reflection on play-calling inside the 20-yard line.
Per a statement from the front office, Marrone will immediately go to work to find DeFilippo’s replacement.