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Jaguars 2018 Position Group Breakdown: Defensive End

Demetrius Harvey

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May 22, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) gets ready to run a drill during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

One of the best, if not the best position group, on the Jaguars’ roster is the defensive line, and the defensive end portion of the defensive line is a formidable group. The only key addition to the defensive end position this off season has been Taven Bryan, drafted in the first round (29th overall).

The Jaguars use a “big end” for their strong side defensive end position and then a smaller weak-side defensive end on the opposite side of the line. The group accounted for 36 of the team’s 55 sacks last season.

Projected defensive end depth chart

*Note: Italics = starter, Underline = Acquired in 2018 FA/Draft

DE: Calais Campbell¸ Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler, Taven Bryan, Dawuane Smoot, Lerentee McCray

While there are starter/backup designations for the defensive end position, the Jaguars generally implement a heavy rotation to keep each player fresh, therefore it is important for the group to be talented enough to play without much drop off from the starting corps.

Taven Bryan is the Jaguars newest edition along the DL. While he played 3-tech defensive tackle in the Gators 4-3 defense throughout college, he appears to be on track to play the Jaguars 5-tech – big end – position in base downs, before going inside on pass rush (3rd) downs. While many Jaguars fans suspected Bryan to be the eventual replacement for Malik Jackson, it is more likely to replace Calais Campbell in the future, as he’s set to turn 32 this season.

Campbell was one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL last year, accounting for 14.5 sacks which led the Jaguars and was good for third best in the NFL in 2017. For the 2018 season look for the Jaguars to continue their heavy rotation with a good amount of Campbell, Bryan and Smoot at the 5-tech position.

Yannick Ngakoue is easily the Jaguars most promising defensive linemen as far as future projections are concerned. He accounted for 12 sacks and six forced fumbles in 16 games last year. Ngakoue will continue to start at the weak-side defensive end position and is already one of the best pass rushers in the league, with only two seasons under his belt.

Ngakoue’s backup, Dante Fowler Jr., will continue in that role entering the 2018 season. Entering his contract year Fowler looks to capitalize on his career year at eight sacks and two forced fumbles. The Jaguars decided to decline Fowler’s 5th year option, so this will be his last opportunity to prove his worth as the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The remaining of the Jaguars defensive ends such as Smoot and McCray will primarily be back ups as well as special teams players, however because of the Jaguars rotation heavy scheme, they will still have opportunities. McCray accounted for 1.5 sacks last year, and Smoot is looking forward to collecting his first career sack this season.


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Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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Credit: 247Sports.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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