No. 4 Jaguars biggest loser in free agency – RBs coach Bernie Parmalee.
Running backs coach Bernie Parmalee joined the Jaguars’ organization last offseason and he was one of the few holdovers from the previous regime, which goes on to show how highly head coach Doug Pederson thinks of him.
If Pederson had wanted to, he could have easily brought in someone else but it’s easy to see why he kept Parmalee. Sophomore James Robinson was among the NFL’s top running backs in the first half of the season in both traditional and advanced statistics, and Parmalee played a big role in that. Had he not gotten benched by Urban Meyer and later injured his Achilles, Robinson may have had a banner year.
It will be interesting to Parmalee has in store for Travis running back Travis Etienne, who missed his rookie campaign after sustaining a Lisfranc injury in the preseason. E-T-N is on track to partake in offseason activities but he is one of the few healthy running backs the Jaguars have under contract. The team’s brass released Carlos Hyde before free agency and let Dare Ogunbowale walk away in free agency, leaving the cupboard bare.
Robinson won’t probably be available until the start of the season, and there’s a chance the Jags will add a running back in the draft. They could also sign someone in free agency. After all, there are still a few players available. But for the time being, Parmalee doesn’t have many players to work with and the front office must do something about it.