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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, 8:59pm

2 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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.

4 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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.

5 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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.

7 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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.

13 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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?

10 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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.

14 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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

16 Re: Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

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."