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Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

The Jacksonville Jaguars' seven game losing streak claimed a victim Monday morning, as they fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett after yesterday's 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Hackett, who previously worked for Doug Marrone in Buffalo, was in his third season as offensive coordinator. Prior to this week's games, Blake Bortles had a passing DVOA of -13.4%, down from the 0.3% he had last season but not far off from the -9.9% and -10.0% he posted in 2015 and 2016. In other news, sometimes coaches get fired because you can't fire the players.

2:45 PM Update:

You can't fire the players, but you can bench them. The Jaguars have also announced that Cody Kessler will be their starting quarterback this week.

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16 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2018, 9:59pm

1 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Mike B. In Va // Nov 26, 2018 - 1:44pm

I'm no fan of Hackett, but this is a raw deal. He's not the one that extended Bortles and neglected to go after a better QB.

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2 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by jtr // Nov 26, 2018 - 1:52pm

Hackett isn't responsible for the don't-even-try-to-play-offense philosophy that has dominated the team; decisions about overall team direction comes from Doug Marrone. What's a guy supposed to do when he's given a lousy QB and orders to try to just squat on the ball all the time? It's not his fault that it's not 1976 anymore but his HC wants to play like it is.

I can't imagine they have some stunning young offensive mind waiting in the wings who is going to suddenly turn this team around. They're going to end up with probably a lateral move at best. I guess this is just Marrone trying to look busy right now in the hopes of not getting fired at the end of the season.

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3 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by theslothook // Nov 26, 2018 - 2:54pm

Fall guy alert.

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4 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by jtr // Nov 26, 2018 - 3:56pm

As far as the QB shuffle goes goes, same thing as firing the OC: reshuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. Just desperate moves from Marrone, flailing around in hopes that he accidentally hits on something that salvages their season or at least makes him look busy enough to keep his job after this year.

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5 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Dave Bernreuther // Nov 26, 2018 - 4:19pm

Is it really a raw deal, though? He will still get paid and now he doesn't have to coach Blake Bortles. Sounds like a Christmas miracle to me.

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6 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by theslothook // Nov 26, 2018 - 4:47pm

The issue is his next job - there are a fixed number of spots and being fired, while common, still hurts your resume.

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7 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Andrew Potter // Nov 26, 2018 - 5:12pm

Most of my thoughts are on Twitter and I'll spare everyone a reposting of them here. Suffice it to say, I am not happy about this. Nathaniel Hackett has done pretty much everything possible to squeeze a competitive offense out of a terrible quarterback, an injury-prone running back, and a rotating cast of receivers including losing the team's top receiver in late August/early September in each of the past two seasons. The people responsible for him having to make that offense out of a terrible quarterback, an injury-prone running back, and a rotating cast of receivers are still in place. While the Texans have Deshaun Watson, the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes, and the Ravens have Lamar Jackson, the Jaguars have Blake Bortles, Leonard Fournette's hamstrings, and a backup defensive tackle. Whoopitee-doo.

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8 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by mathesond // Nov 26, 2018 - 6:19pm

And now Bortles is being benched.

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9 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by BJR // Nov 26, 2018 - 9:10pm

Chalk one up to the Football Outsiders pre-season projections for predicting the 2018 Jaguars demise.

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13 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Raiderjoe // Nov 27, 2018 - 2:20pm

also did nto see Jaguars as playoff team in 2018. thought tema was immature last eyar at times. didn't come across as same mindset as tema like pates or titans (who had bit of a playoff rum) ro packers and some others. Figured Jaguars would regress for this rerason being key. other huge issue is quartervback not good. both of those issues present= problem. in 2017, tema snuck up on some teams and were motivated. this year no sneaking up on teams and less motivation.

Note: to Jalen ramsey- how 'bout less tlaking and mo' better playing?

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10 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Jose21crisis // Nov 26, 2018 - 9:13pm

Most times, you fire an OC when the offense is terrible, despite good talent. But you don't fire an OC when an offense is decent due to poor talents. Bortles is not that great, but he still got extended and Hackett had to deal with him with a Hide-The-QB offense, ground pound with Fournette that tends to get bit hurt and receivers that are just a step up from the Cowboys receiving corps pre-Amari Cooper. The Jags offense is not going to improve a lot if they do a pass happy offense.

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11 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Bobman // Nov 27, 2018 - 4:06am

Frank Reich would like to officially challenge those decisions. Let's go to the booth in NY, see what they have to say.

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12 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by serutan // Nov 27, 2018 - 11:48am

I doubt this will hurt the Colts all that much.

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14 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by Raiderjoe // Nov 27, 2018 - 2:22pm

i have noticed Jaguars 0-7 since running up score on jets. i saw that hapepneing live and thought maybe T. Bowles pooped in Doug Marrone's Italian wedding soup the night before. i then noticed Jaguars have not won a game since then.

sorry, fi any readers now will no logbner ever ghave iatalin wedding soup without thinkign of poop of Bowles

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15 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by RickD // Nov 27, 2018 - 3:14pm

I'll make sure to avoid the soup should I ever see Todd Bowles at an Italian wedding I'm attending.

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16 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

by xydux // Dec 01, 2018 - 9:59pm

Brandon Perna (ThatsGoodSports/ThatsGoodBroncos) had a great line about this: "I've got a flat tire, oh, better change my oil. That's the way you think if you're the Jaguars."

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