Jaguars have yet to decide who will be calling offensive plays in 2024

• Press Taylor called offensive plays in 2023

• Doug Pederson could do it next season

• The Jaguars haven't made a decision yet

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson talks with offensive coordinator Press Taylor on the
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson talks with offensive coordinator Press Taylor on the / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY

Press Taylor became the offensive playcaller full-time for the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. He had mixed results, so head coach Doug Pederson has suggested he could take play-calling duty back. However, he has yet to make the decision and told the local media that there's still plenty of time.

Pederson told reporters on rookie minicamp that they won't play football until September, so there's no rush to make a decision, "Don't play games until September, so got some time."

Before the start of the 2023 season, the news broke that Taylor would be calling offensive plays full-time in 2023. He did it in the second half of some games the year prior. While he showed at time creative game plans, he also made puzzling decisions. The biggest one was arguably that he abandoned the run and didn't even try to establish it at time in the second half.

On top of that, the Jaguars weren't able to adjust when players such as Zay Jones and Christian Kirk missed time. In Taylor's defense, the offensive line couldn't block up, so that limited the kind of plays he could dial up.

The Jags finished 17th in points scored in the NFL last year. For comparison, they ranked 10th the year prior, so there was clearly a regression, and Taylor has been partially blamed for it. Here's Pederson's full exchange with the media.

Jaguars HC Doug Pederson can take playcalling away from Press Taylor

Doug Pederson could've moved on from Press Taylor after 2023 but opted not to. Instead, he doubled down on his support. He acknowledged that Taylor could be better but also pointed out that it was understandable because it was his first year with that responsibility.

More recently, Trevor Lawrence said that he expects Taylor to call plays next season. Having said that, the Jaguars may be better off with Pederson doing it.

In theory, letting Taylor have bigger control of the offense allowed Pederson to oversee other areas of the team. The approach didn't work and instead may have been counterproductive. As noted before, Taylor wasn't the lone reason they took a step back, but he didn't do an outstanding job either. With defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen in the fold, Pederson can afford to have a bigger focus on offense, his area of expertise.

Nielsen, unlike predecessor Mike Caldwell, is a savvy defensive coordinator with ample experience. This could allow Pederson to spend more time supervising the offense without having to worry about the defense. Heck, that may be the whole point of hiring Nielsen.

In the end, head coach Doug Pederson needs to do what's best for the team. If that means taking back playcalling duty, so be it. Then again, there's no reason to rush a decision.

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