Jaguars fire offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

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The Jaguars have found the first scapegoat for a season gone wrong.

The Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

The Jaguars are 22nd in yards and 28th in points, so a case can clearly be made for a shakeup.

But they’ve been beset by dubious decisions and bad luck since the end of last season.

Their choice to extend quarterback Blake Bortles and not bring in legitimate competition for the job (when options were plentiful) was clearly colored by sentiment from last year’s run to the AFC championship game.

But they spent heavily on offensive linemen, and then running back Leonard Fournette was unable to stay on the field, and the entire plan fell apart.

Hackett has deep ties to head coach Doug Marrone, which suggests that there is plenty of pressure throughout the organization after a rapid fall which includes seven straight losses.

38 responses to “Jaguars fire offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

  1. Nice optics but this changes little.

    The Jaguars have done almost nothing right in building an offense for the modern NFL.

    They spent a high pick on Bortles, but refused to move on when it was clear he was not the right guy. Passing on the likes of Lamar Jackson, Desean Watson and Patrick Mahomes in the draft. Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith on the veteran market.

    And they spent big on running back, which is against what recent successful teams have done. Giving big money, or premium picks, to Toby Gerhart, Chris Ivory, TJ Yeldon, Leonard Fournette and Carlos Hyde.

    They draft Allen Robinson in the second round and then let him walk in free agency.

  2. “Their choice to extend quarterback Blake Bortles and not bring in legitimate competition for the job (when options were plentiful) was clearly colored by sentiment from last year’s run to the AFC championship game.”
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    Seriously, without Fournette running the ball, who does Bortles have to pass to? Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook. Not exactly top shelf talent at WR. Even at the TE spot you have O’Shaughnessy and Bell more geared to run blocking than route running.

    Given that supporting cast of recievers, Bortles is more than earning his middle-of-the-road salary. Yesterday’s loss goes on Fournette’s shoulders for getting ejected in the 3rd quarter.

    Plus the fact that Fournette disappeared in the second half of the NE playoff game, he should be getting most of the criticism. Yet, here you are blaming Bortles again.

  3. Nathaniel “Can’t” Hackett…

    I thought the Jag’s (lack of) offense looked dreadfully familiar – same thing happened here in Buffalo.

    Well Mr. Hackett – Good luck in your future endeavors.

  4. Big extension based on 1 good season, right back to his mediocrity this year…

    I’m sorry, when was this good season?

  5. “akira1971 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 10:16 am
    Seriously, without Fournette running the ball, who does Bortles have to pass to? Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook. Not exactly top shelf talent at WR. Even at the TE spot you have O’Shaughnessy and Bell more geared to run blocking than route running.

    Given that supporting cast of recievers, Bortles is more than earning his middle-of-the-road salary. Yesterday’s loss goes on Fournette’s shoulders for getting ejected in the 3rd quarter.

    Plus the fact that Fournette disappeared in the second half of the NE playoff game, he should be getting most of the criticism. Yet, here you are blaming Bortles again.”

    I really hope this is satire.

  6. Same thing happens in most businesses. Fire the boss not the people that execute their tasks poorly. Bosses can only do so much, the people under them should be held more accountable.

  7. jasons81 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Big extension based on 1 good season, right back to his mediocrity this year…

    I’m sorry, when was this good season?

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    Last year when they made it to the AFC championship.

  8. Like the old saying goes you cannot make chicken salad out of ……. Need a QB change and a different format a team that can only run the ball when their best runner is out there , is not the format Jaguars need in the future. No Superbowl team in last 20 years has won that did not have a strong passing offense since tge Ravens and they were a anomoly .

  9. But…but.. but..they made the playoffs with Bortles…
    Kudos to the Bills for having the courage and foresight, while taking a LOT of heat when they dumped Tyrod Taylor, who also made the playoffs, but clearly wasn’t good enough..

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    November 26, 2018 at 10:05 am
    Is this Hackett’s kid?

    Why do teams just assume the kid of a long time NFL employee will be good?

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    Yeah, Paul Hackett’s son. He and Marrone have been working together going back to Syracuse in 2010 (then together at Buffalo and then Jags). That doesn’t make Hackett a good coach, but not like they just hired some guy off the street because of his name.

    Seems like a pretty blatant warning shot at Marrone.

  11. Lol….. they all figured after week 2 the season was won….. little did they know it was over!!!
    Pats are now 8-3…. currently #2 seed & 3 games up in division….
    When will the coaches & players learn??!!

  12. Not a Jags fan but what a disaster – don’t see how Marrone keeps his job after this year — a couple of plays from the Super Bowl to a couple of plays from the bottom of the heap in 10 months

  13. The Jags have been unimaginative on offense for some time. All any defense needs to do is line up in zone and wait for Blake to check down. Blake sucks, but it’s on the OC to try something different despite all the issues. Hackett ran the same tired plays week in and week out.

  14. kissbillsrings says:
    November 26, 2018 at 11:09 am
    Lol….. they all figured after week 2 the season was won….. little did they know it was over!!!
    Pats are now 8-3…. currently #2 seed & 3 games up in division….
    When will the coaches & players learn??!!“”
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    Lol… man, Pats fans are still so butthurt over getting whooped by the jags. It’s ok you guys don’t have to come on here and defend your franchise everyone knows they’re great

  15. @PugTheDog

    No I’m not disputing that the Jags as a whole didn’t have a good season last year… they were phenomenal! But I disagree with any notion that the success should have resulted in the Bortles extension.

    By your logic, Trent Dilfer earned top-10 QB money for the Ravens defense winning the SB back in 2001. I think most would agree they won in spite of Dilfer, not because of Dilfer. Same with Bortles.

  16. PAUL SOUSA says:

    November 26, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Bring in Flacco

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    This will be the story of this offseason. Last year it was the first round QB’s. This year it will be all the QB’s released and picked up by other teams. Essentially trading average to bad starters.
    Flacco, Manning, Tannehill, Bortles, Winston, Fitzpatrick, Taylor, Bradford (ha maybe again). The talk is maybe two college QB’s are ready, as much as college QB’s ever are. So all these floundering QB’s will just switch teams. One trying to catch what once was. One still trying to build on a great playoff run. The others chasing what never was.

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