When the Jacksonville Jaguars were completely dismantled in a primetime Thursday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans just days ago, it seemed that drastic changes were imminent. Apparently, that didn’t seem to be the case right after the game. Now, less than two full days later, the hammer has dropped and the Jaguars made a change, choosing to fire offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Jaguars have fired OC Greg Olson, per @DanGrazianoESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2016
Looking at the game statistics from Jacksonville’s 36-22 loss probably wouldn’t be fair, because the Titans literally just flat-out dominated the game. If not for two garbage-time touchdowns from the Jaguars, they could have easily lost this game 36-8, and things would have looked far, far worse than just their 2-5 record.
Now, as Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union points out, owner Shad Khan stated that there would be no coaching change after the loss (obviously, he meant head coaching change).
Khan says no coaching change.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 28, 2016
So while head coach Gus Bradley is safe for another week, it may be just that, another week, that he’s able to last with the Jaguars. The Jaguars head on the road to take on the talented Kansas City Chiefs next week, and now have just seven days to figure out how to transition their offense into the hands of the new man running the show.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars have chosen to promote quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett to new offensive coordinator.
The new #Jaguars offensive coordinator is Nathaniel Hackett, source said. He moves up from QB coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2016
Hackett will definitely have his work cut out for him, as the Jaguars average just 19.9 points per game and 258 yards per game through the air, much of which seems to come in garbage time. Hackett was the offensive coordinator fo the Buffalo Bills back in 2013 and 2014, so he obviously has experience in the role.
The story here isn’t even so much about the “who’s taking whose job,” but instead is about the massive fear that is probably sitting right there with Bradley and the rest of the coaches. The Jaguars were expected to be one of the turnaround teams and great stories of 2016 after a strong free agency haul and a solid draft. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case, as they’ve scored just 139 points this season while allowing 196 through seven games.
While Khan made it known there won’t be any coaching changes, it’s apparent that he’s not willing to let this team fall into much bigger of a hole than it already has. To make matters worse, the road ahead isn’t an easy one for the Jaguars, as they take on not only the Chiefs, but then the rival Houston Texans, the Detroit Lions high-powered offense, Buffalo Bills, and then a brutal two-game stretch against the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings.
Expecting a change at offensive coordinator to fix all of the Jaguars’ problems is unrealistic, and unfortunately, it’s going to just result in more changes being made in the near future. For Bradley, it almost seems like just a matter of time before his time is up, and he’s on the coaching free agent market this offseason.