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.