While there are players that can thrive even if there's turnover at the coaching level, there are others that need a bit of carryover to be able to put it all together. This is great news for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are entering their second season with the same staff for the first time since 2020.
That was the last year of Doug Marrone's stint in Jacksonville after becoming their head coach full-time in 2017. Heading into Year 2 of the Doug Pederson era, there are a handful of players that will benefit from the continuity, including the next three.
No. 3 Jaguars player who benefits from coaching continuity: Andre Cisco, S
Safety Andre Cisco earned a reputation as a ballhawk in college after registering 13 interceptions and 14 passes defensed in 24 games. However, the former Syracuse Orangeman entered the draft process with the dreaded injury-prone label after sitting out a couple of outings in 2019 and missing most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL.
Had Cisco been healthy, there's a good chance he might've gone in the first round of the 2021 draft. Instead, he fell to the Jags in Round 3. The good news is that he managed to remain healthy ahead of the regular season but that wasn't enough to get the starting nod.
The New York, Queens native proceeded to spend most of his first NFL season on the sidelines but once he was given the chance to showcase his talent, he made the most of it.
The Jaguars' brass must've liked what they saw in Cisco in 2021 since they made him the starter next to Rayshawn Jenkins last year. The young safety went on to register three interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
Cisco is now entering his season in defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell's system and it wouldn't be particularly surprising if he picks up where he left off last year and posts even better numbers in 2023. In fact, it seems like a natural progression.