The Jacksonville Jaguars made significant changes to their defensive staff after failing to make the playoffs. However, they chose continuity on offense, retaining most of their coaches on that side of the ball. That said, they may lose an assistant they would otherwise want to keep around, passing game coordinator Nick Holz, who'll interview for the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator opening. If the Jags lose Holz to their division foe, they should consider replacing him with Charles London.
Holz is meeting with the Titans' brass Monday, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. They have a new head coach in Brian Callahan after giving Mike Vrabel the boot. Callahan is now putting together his coaching staff and is crossing enemy lines to find an offensive coordinator.
Prior to becoming the passing game coordinator in Jacksonville, Holz was UNLV's offensive coordinator in 2022. He also spent more than a decade fulfilling various roles with the Las Vegas Raiders. While Callahan has let it be known that he'll be calling plays, Holz getting a coordinator position would be a step forward in his coaching career.
The Jaguars offense finished 13th in points scored and total yards in 2023. Even though they were inconsistent at times, they also showed they were capable of making explosive plays and moving the ball throughout the season. Tennessee knows firsthand what their division rival could accomplish, so it's not particularly surprising that they're looking into Holz to fill the vacancy.
Not long after Callahan was hired as the head coach, passing game coordinator Charles London was told he wasn't going to be retained. Given that the Jaguars will have an opening, they should not hesitate to bring London aboard.
London has previously coached running backs and quarterbacks in the NFL, having spent time with the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons. Besides providing another voice in the Jaguars' quarterback room, he could also mentor Travis Etienne, Tank Bigsby, and D'Ernest Johnson if he returns. Heck, London could moonlight as Jacksonville's running backs coach. They still have a vacancy at the position after dismissing Bernie Parmalee.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to get the offense back on track in 2024
It's hard to tell from an outside perspective what Jim Bob Cooter's exact responsibilities as the Jaguars passing game coordinator in 2022 entailed. However, losing him to the Indianapolis Colts last year most definitely had a negative effect. While Holz did a commendable job in his place, Bob Cooter seems to have been the better of the two. Here's where the Jags need to seize the opportunity and look for potential upgrades.
It's not a given that Tennessee will hire Holz but if he does, Charles London should be their choice for passing game coordinator. Head coach Doug Pederson feels comfortable keeping offensive coordinator Press Taylor despite the fact that he delivered mixed results last year. Miscommunication, drops, and untimely penalties held the team back in 2023. Having someone with ample experience like London around would allow Taylor to have a better grasp of his unit.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a disappointing season. It will take a team effort to steer the ship at the right direction, Charles London could most definitely help.