Player News - Jaguars

Date: Team: Pos:

Jaguars hired Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

Hackett's job was in question after the Jaguars brought in Chip Kelly for an interview. Jacksonville showed little improvement with Hackett, but he'll remain their coordinator after finishing out the final nine games. The Jaguars should be more of a run-balanced team under Hackett in 2017.
Jan 18 - 6:27 PM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 9:01 PM

Jaguars hired Perry Fewell as secondary coach.

Fewell was fired from the same role in Washington after the season. The Panthers had interest in Fewell, but his ties are strong with Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin. Fewell runs an aggressive secondary that should create more turnovers. He'll work under DC Todd Wash in Jacksonville.
Jan 14 - 4:24 PM

Jaguars announced they will retain Todd Wash as the defensive coordinator.

It is a bit of a surprise considering Wash had been with former coach Gus Bradley for several years, but the Jaguars are clearly favoring continuity. Promoted to coordinator this time last year, Wash's unit finished sixth in total defense and surrendered the fifth-fewest passing yards and touchdowns in the league. While Jags fans might not be thrilled Wash is returning, his defense was not the issue this season.
Source: jaguars.com
Jan 14 - 10:25 AM

Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin said, "Blake Bortles is our quarterback."

Considering Coughlin has "final say" on all decisions inside the organization, this statement suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option this offseason. Still, it would not be a bad idea for the front office to keep one eye on the future at quarterback. Depending on how they feel about 2016 sixth-rounder Brandon Allen, the Jaguars could decide to snag another developmental prospect in the draft this year.
Jan 12 - 10:14 AM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Tom Coughlin will "oversee all facets of the football organization."

This confirms reports Coughlin will have the "final say on everything" inside the organization. Despite getting an extension, it seems clear GM Dave Caldwell has lost a lot of power, but he should remain an important voice in personnel decisions. Caldwell has, at least on paper, done a good job acquiring talent to this point.
Jan 12 - 10:08 AM

Jaguars fired WRs coach Jerry Sullivan, assistant WRs coach Tony Sorrentino, DBs coach DeWayne Walker, LBs coach Robert Saleh, assistant LBs coach Scottie Hazelton, assistant DL coach Aaron Whitecotton and assistant DBs coach Daniel Bullocks.

For now, OC Nathaniel Hackett and DC Todd Wash are expected to remain. New coach Doug Marrone understandably wants to bring in his own assistants on his side of the ball. The Jaguars' offseason moves suggest they believe ex-coach Gus Bradley was the main obstacle standing between them and success.
Jan 10 - 7:03 PM

According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, new Jaguars Executive VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin is expected to have the "final say on everything."

This means Coughlin will wield considerable power within the organization. It looks like GM Dave Caldwell, who agreed to a two-year extension on Monday, will be reporting to the former Giants and Jaguars head coach. There are moves to be made in Jacksonville, but overall the team has a solid foundation with impressive young talent on both sides of the football. Ultimately the biggest challenge for Jacksonville will be salvaging Blake Bortles, who took a major step back following a breakout 2015 campaign.
Jan 9 - 7:06 PM

Jaguars signed GM Dave Caldwell to a two-year extension.

As Caldwell was entering a contract year and new coach Doug Marrone and VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin both signed three-year deals, Caldwell's two-year extension ties him together with Marrone and Coughlin for the next three seasons. Caldwell has largely succeeded as both a drafter and signer of free agents, but he needs Blake Bortles to take a third-year leap and Marrone to maximize the offense. Caldwell has built one of the league's best defenses.
Jan 9 - 4:49 PM

Jaguars hired Tom Coughlin as Executive VP of Football Operations.

70-year-old Coughlin spent 2016 as the NFL's senior advisor to football operations. He will now become the Jaguars' overseer, possibly in a dumbed-down version of roles held by Mike Holmgren in Cleveland and Bill Parcells in Miami. GM Dave Caldwell was extended two years and seems likely to maintain most of the front-office power. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Jaguars are "very much centered on trying to salvage" Blake Bortles. The futures of Coughlin, Caldwell, and Doug Marrone all hinge greatly on the so-far-failed 2014 No. 3 overall pick.
Jan 9 - 4:47 PM

Jaguars hired Doug Marrone as their new head coach.

Marrone didn't make many friends during his failed stint in Buffalo, but he interim-coached the Jaguars to two of their best efforts in Weeks 16-17 and seemed to do a better job of harnessing Blake Bortles and feeding Allen Robinson, albeit against the weak defenses of Tennessee and Indianapolis. Marrone seems to have the full support of the Jaguars' locker room. Marrone signed a three-year deal along with new VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin's three-year pact. Contract-year GM Dave Caldwell was extended two years, tying the trio together through 2019.
Jan 9 - 3:52 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Doug Marrone will interview for the Rams' head-coaching vacancy on Sunday.

Rams officials are in Florida to meet with both Marrone and Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn. Marrone interviewed for the Jaguars' head job on Thursday and is also on the Broncos' "radar," according to Rapoport. Marrone went 15-17 during his previous head-coaching stint with Buffalo and has served as an assistant/offensive line coach in Jacksonville the last two seasons.
Jan 8 - 8:10 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jaguars interviewed interim coach Doug Marrone for their head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Marrone was always expected to get an official interview in Jacksonville, and RapSheet reports it "went well." The former coach of the Bills is viewed as a legitimate candidate to get the full-time gig with the Jaguars. The Rams have also requested an interview with Marrone as they cast a wide net.
Jan 6 - 9:34 AM

Redskins fired DBs coach Perry Fewell, DL coach Robb Akey and strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark.

The three assistants follow DC Joe Barry out the door as coach Jay Gruden cleans house on the defensive side of the ball. Barry's 11 was not loaded with talent, but still underachieved in 2016. Fewell has nine years of coordinating experience, but probably won't get a 10th if he's not keeping jobs as a position man.
Jan 5 - 1:18 PM

Blake Bortles said he will spend around 10 weeks working on his mechanics with Adam Dedeaux this offseason.

Bortles brought in Dedeaux to work with him during the season, but mechanical changes are difficult to make while the bullets are flying. Bortles did have success changing his delivery before the 2015 season, and he delivered a career year as a result. As for what he plans to work on, Bortles said footwork will be his primary concern, believing a quicker stride will help shorten his elongated release.
Source: ESPN
Jan 5 - 9:43 AM


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