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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars reportedly hire former Vikings OC John DeFilippo

The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping to somehow turn their offense into an area of strength heading into 2019, and they feel the offensive coordinator who came up short with the Minnesota Vikings this season can help them accomplish that goal.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Jaguars have reached a deal to hire DeFilippo as their next offensive coordinator. The 40-year-old was fired by the Vikings in December after less than a full season with the team.

DeFilippo’s first job in the NFL was as offensive quality control coach for the New York Giants and then-head coach Tom Coughlin, who is now the executive vice president of football operations for the Jaguars. That level of familiarity may have helped.

The Vikings were a huge disappointment in 2018 after signing Kirk Cousins, and many feel they used DeFilippo as a scapegoat. In fact, the coach was believed to be a favorite for at least one head coaching position at one point, so he is obviously respected across the league. If DeFilippo can help rebuild the Jaguars in what will likely be the post-Blake Bortles era, that will be a nice boost for his resume.

Report: Gary Kubiak to interview for Jaguars’ offensive coordinator job

Gary Kubiak

Gary Kubiak may not be rejoining the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff in 2019, but he remains interested in potentially landing an offensive coordinator job.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Kubiak is expected to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

The Broncos were initially blocking Kubiak from interviewing for such positions, but that was probably when they believed he was in line to become their offensive coordinator. For whatever reason, Kubiak and the team could not agree on offensive philosophies and staffing after Vic Fangio was hired as head coach, so Kubiak is now being allowed to pursue other opportunities.

Kubiak, who stepped down as the head coach of the Broncos in 2016 for health reasons, currently works for the team as a personnel advisor.

Jaguars planning to blow up roster this offseason?

Leonard Fournette TJ Yeldon

The Jacksonville Jaguars could not have had a more disappointing season in 2018, and they may be planning to make some big changes heading into next year.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that the Jags plan to move on from quarterback Blake Bortles this offseason, but Jay Glazer of The Athletic predicts that he will not be the only big name to be shown the door in Jacksonville. While the Jaguars are sticking with Doug Marrone and keeping their coaching staff intact, Glazer believes they have personality issues and are planning to blow up their roster.

“Once the Jaguars started going downhill, they started going downhill fast — players started fighting with players, players showed no interest on the bench, guys were talking too much,” Glazer wrote in his mailbag Wednesday. “I see them blowing up that roster.”

Bortles is assumed to be gone, so that wouldn’t really shake things up too much. What Glazer is probably referring to is the Leonard Fournette situation, and there were also some reports during the season that the Jags could consider trading All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Fournette had trouble staying healthy throughout the season, and he appeared to end up in Marrone’s doghouse late in the year. After Sunday’s game, Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin admonished the former LSU star and fellow running back TJ Yeldon for their “selfish” behavior. Marrone then issued a warning to players about offseason conditioning this week, leading many to believe he was calling out Fournette for his lack of durability.

Ramsey is an incredibly valuable piece of Jacksonville’s defense, but he has created headlines for the wrong reason with his nonstop trash talk. That was fine when the Jags nearly got to the Super Bowl last year, but it became a bad look during their 5-11 season in 2018. He also didn’t exactly throw support behind Marrone when times got tough, so the front office could take that into consideration if they believe Marrone is their coach for the long haul.

Jaguars’ Doug Marrone fires warning to players about offseason fitness

Doug Marrone

It’s fair to say a lot of things went very wrong for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018, and coach Doug Marrone is trying to get 2019 off on the right foot.

Marrone said Monday that he warned players of the importance of offseason workouts and OTAs, noting that those who didn’t put in the work a year ago ended up spending time on the sidelines this season.

Might this be a public warning to Leonard Fournette? It’s not hard to read it as such, as the running back played in just eight games for Jacksonville last season and is clearly in the doghouse right now. Whatever happened last offseason that led to the Jaguars going from the AFC Championship to 5-11 is not going to be allowed to repeat itself.

Tom Coughlin admonishes Fournette, Yeldon for ‘selfish’ behavior

Leonard Fournette TJ Yeldon

Jacksonville Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin issued a statement on Sunday admonishing Leonard Fournette and TJ Yeldon for their behavior during Sunday’s game.

The Jags offered little resistance in a 20-3 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Fournette was inactive for the game, while Yeldon was active but did not play. Both players spent most of the game on the bench, even during offensive possessions, according to Daniel Popper.

In a statement, Coughlin called the players “disrespectful” and “selfish” for their behavior.

The Jaguars have been nothing short of a mess this season. Expected to be a contender in the AFC, they completely fell apart after a strong early start and have shown very little pride while falling to 5-11. They’ve had players fighting in the locker room and they had some arrests in London. They’re a mess and need to clean things up. That seems to be Coughlin’s intention.

Jaguars confirm Doug Marrone will return as coach

Doug Marrone

Despite an incredibly disappointing season, the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be making any changes at the top.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced Sunday that the team’s vice president Tom Coughlin would remain in place and the decisions on general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone would be left to him. Coughlin has decided to retain both the coach and general manager, and Khan is backing those decisions.

In other words, despite a miserable 5-11 campaign, the entire Jacksonville braintrust will remain in place, as was expected. It is safe to say, however, that we’ll be seeing some serious changes to the roster after the team went from AFC runners-up to nowhere near the playoffs.

Report: Jaguars still believe in head coach Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been arguably the most disappointing team in the NFL this season. But even as they have lost nine of their last 10 games heading into Week 16, they plan to limit the amount of major changes they make after an abysmal year.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that the Jaguars have no intention of firing head coach Doug Marrone. Though Jacksonville is 4-10 after reaching the AFC Championship Game a year ago, owner Shad Khan is not looking for a scapegoat and wants to stick with the head coach he believed in enough to award a contract extension prior to the season.

Like Khan, Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin also still has faith in Marrone, according to Rapoport. That is noteworthy in the wake of a recent report we heard about the possibility of Coughlin coaching the team in 2019.

Nearly everything has gone wrong for the Jaguars after their 3-1 start. They have finally decided to move on from Blake Bortles, so they should be heavily involved in the quarterback market this offseason. While one star player didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement of Marrone recently, it makes sense that the coach is being given another shot after what the team accomplished a season ago. If Marrone can’t win with a better quarterback in 2019, he probably won’t keep his job.