The Jacksonville Jaguars keep making changes to their coaching staff and front office. First, they moved from Doug Marrone and hired Urban Meyer as their head coach. They now have announced they’ve promoted Trent Baalke to general manager on a full-time basis after having the position on an interim basis and are expected to make Joe Cullen their defensive coordinator.
Baalke became the front-runner to become the Jaguars’ general manager and the team made the hiring official Thursday morning. Not too long after, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reported the team had hired Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen as their defensive coordinator. Although the team hasn’t announced the move yet, it seems like it will be just a matter of time before they do it.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going through a makeover.
The ‘Jags’ needed to make significant changes after going 1-15 in 2020. They weren’t just a few plays away from making the playoffs. Instead, they ranked near the bottom in every meaningful offensive and defensive category and it wasn’t going to be difficult to get out of the cellar and start winning games if things stayed the same.
Meyer enjoyed plenty of success at the college level, winning three National Championships, and is trying to make the transition to the NFL. Whether he does it or not, it remains to be seen, but he’s doing things his way and he’s bringing in people that share his same vision. Too often, organizations won’t give a head coach to build his team however he seems fit. So far, that doesn’t seem to be the case in Jacksonville.
Baalke had a strong track record early in his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers but later failed to replenish their roster. He said in a sit-down with the local media that he feels he’s learned more from his mistakes than the right things he does. If that’s the case, his experience with the ‘Niners’ should help him do a good job as the Jaguars general manager.
Meanwhile, we just have to wait for the team to make Cullen’s announcement official. He’s done a superb job coaching the Ravens defensive line, and it seems like a good bet that will carry over to the Jaguars defense.