Greg Olson takes on a challenging job: Jaguars’ quarterbacks coach

AP

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in desperate need of a quarterbacks coach, and now they have one: Greg Olson.

Olson has been hired by new Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, who gave Olson the title of both quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. Olson was the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator for the last three years and the Bucs’ quarterbacks coach for a year before that, and he has also served as offensive coordinator in Detroit and St. Louis.

All indications are that the Jaguars plan to stick with Blaine Gabbert, last year’s first-round draft pick, as their franchise quarterback. And that makes Olson one of the most important people in the entire organization.

Olson’s job won’t be easy: Gabbert’s arm didn’t look particularly accurate, and even worse, it looked like his struggles — and the struggles of the offensive line in front of him — were getting into his head as the season went on. Gabbert started 14 games last season and had the worst passer rating in the league, at 65.4. He also had the worst yards-per-attempt average in the league, at 5.4 yards a pass. And both his completion rate (50.8 percent) and yards-per-game average (147.6) were the second worst in the NFL — only Tim Tebow was worse, in both categories.

If Olson can turn Gabbert into a good NFL quarterback, he’ll be one of the hottest head-coaching candidates in football. If he can’t, Mularkey’s Jaguars are going to have a rough go of it.

31 responses to “Greg Olson takes on a challenging job: Jaguars’ quarterbacks coach

  1. Another demotion for a former Bucs coach from last year. Offensive Coordinator to being a qb coach for Blaine Freaking Gabbert. Overall, this isn’t a bad hire because he developed Freeman pretty well his second year. Just don’t let him call the plays.

  2. I’m not a Tebow fan in the slightest – but come on David. These guys just finished their first year as starters. Blaine didn’t even come in until week 3, after coming in from a spread offense at Missouri.

  3. As a Jags fan who watched every play of every game with Gabbert – I think his accuracy will improve tremendously once he has a tight end and receivers who can catch.
    I mean you Marcedes – HORRIBLE year with the drops this year. BIG drop off in your play over last season.

  4. Let’s give Gabbert an off-season, an improved Oline and some receivers that will actually catch the ball. He showed some improvement toward the end of the year..He was thrown into possibly the worst situation of any rookie last year, he handled himself amazingly well.

  5. Looking at their draft position and who will be available (neither Luck nor RG3), the smart thing to do is try and make Gabbert better. Give him another year with good coaching and an offseason (unlike last year) and see what he can do. If he still stinks, you are setup to dive into the Barkley sweepstakes.

  6. One thing I like about this is that he’s got a lot of experience. I also like that he is Asst. HC. Its a title and nothing more, but he wouldn’t have gotten it but for his experience as an OC.

    All the Gabbert haters are funny. Its like Peyton, Aikman and Steve Young all came out 13-3 in their first seasons in the NFL. The Jags totally sucked this year! The OL leaked worse than a cracked radiator and the kid was running for his life. This is the same QB who beat the Ravens.

    Khaaaaaaaaan!

  7. But kiper told me he was the most pro-ready QB. What a joke, this guy was an average at best QB in college who will be even worse in the pros. Cut bait now.

  8. Is there something about the name Greg Olson (minor differences in spelling aside) that compels you to be involved in professional sports? There was the late 80s/early 90s Orioles closer, the old Braves catcher, the Panthers tight end, and now this guy. I’ve never heard of a Greg Olson outside of professional sports.

  9. As an MU fan and alum, I saw many of Gabbert’s issues in college. In particular, he has a nasty tendency to watch the rush and not keep his eyes down field. If you go back during the ’08-’09 season, that got worse after his ankle was hurt in the Nebraska game. He’s not been the same since Suh got to him.

  10. I wouldn’t worry as much about Gre Olson as I would the new OC for the Jags.

    Bob Bratkowski is a terrible match for a young struggling QB like Gabbert. In fact, they couldn’t have selected a worse fit for him.

    However, Mularkey has worked with Brat before and we know the influence of the good ol’ boy club in the NFL coaching circles.

    Good luck Jags fans.

  11. Olson’s job won’t be easy: Gabbert’s arm didn’t look particularly accurate, and even worse, it looked like his struggles — and the struggles of the offensive line in front of him — were getting into his head as the season went on.

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    Good luck with this. He did such a good job of not letting the Bucs struggles get into the head of Josh Freeman the last four or so games.

  12. The Jags 2011 WR corps was made up of a ham sandwich, a ham sandwich coming off injury and a ham sandwich with an incurable case of the dropsies. Add an arrogant, lame duck, finger-pointing head coach, the world’s most pathetic QB coach and an OC who was obsessed with bubble screens that go nowhere and you can piece together a highly forgettable rookie campaign. BG had way too much to overcome.

    Judge Gabbert in 2013 after Khan’s funny money actually gets him someone to throw to.

  13. Stop reading so much into a rookie year.

    You can have a good year or two and be bad.
    You canhave a bad year or two and end up being good.
    Stop rushing to judgement.

  14. re: joetoronto’s lame attempt at humor … this coming from someone who’s hometown can’t fill a 53,000-seat stadium for your once-a-year Bills games since 2008????

  15. Gabbert can improve, sure, because as some of you have mentioned good quarterbacks can have rough starts to their careers.

    It is apparent, however, if you’ve watched Gabbert in a few games that he throws off his back foot, shys from contact when pressured, and doesn’t keep his eyes downfield. His pocket presence is terrible.

    Not a good sign.

  16. Good luck on this one, Jacksonville. If he’s even half as awful as a QB coach as he was an OC, well, RIP Blaine Gabbert. The only reason he isnt universally recognized as one of the worst OCs in a long time is because he was in Tampa. Believe me, this guy was WORSE than Schottenheimer and Mularkey. His incompetence was borderline frightening at times.

  17. Give the young QB a break and remember, it was just a couple of years ago that rookie QB’s were never used unless it was an emergency situation. The observation that he digressed as the season went on could have been a condition of the coaches losing interest in the team. A fresh start in Jax, good luck.

  18. All indications are that the Jaguars plan to stick with Blaine Gabbert, last year’s first-round draft pick, as their franchise quarterback.
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    The Jaguars “plan to stick with Blaine Gabbert”. Wow, is this the social media world we live in now? After 14 games on a horrible offensive team, head coach who couldn’t care less about Gabberts development, an old owner that didn’t hold his brass accountable the Jags are suppose to dump a 10th overall QB to the curb. The intelligence level on some of these sites are mind blowing.

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