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Jaguars Defense Steals the Show With a 17-7 Victory Over Dolphins

Demetrius Harvey

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JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins kicked off today at 1 P.M for their week 16 contest that consisted of dreadful play on the Jaguars side of things.

To open the game, the Jaguars started on defense. Starting on defense apparently was the wrong choice as the Dolphins were able to effortlessly go down the field and score on plays of 20, 31, 7, and 4 (touchdown). The overall drive was eight plays. Ryan Tannehill had a nice shovel pass to Brandon Bolden.

The Jaguars offensive drive went about how they have wanted it to go all season. Seven runs and six passes. The Jaguars were able to easily score after being bailed out by a roughing the passer penalty around the 25-yard line. On the back of Leonard Fournette from the two-yard line, he took it into the end zone with ease. 7-7 ball game.

Leonard Fournette had looked slow and indecisive in the past few weeks, and this week was no different. Unfortunately, with the injuries and suspension Fournette simply seemed to get out of shape which hindered his speed a great deal.

Nothing much occurred in the game until midway through the second quarter when starting Quarterback Cody Kessler fumbled the ball in an attempt to bring the ball back in. The fumble was so bizarre no one knows exactly what was going through his mind other than the fact that he had butter fingers. Dolphins recovered the ball at the Jaguars 33-yard line. This was a play that summed up the Jaguars season.

Luckily, the Dolphins were unable to score a touchdown on this drive. Only allowing a field goal attempt with that field position, the Jaguars defense did a great job. The Dolphins could not capitalize, however, as they missed what should have been an easy field goal attempt. The 47-yard field goal may not be easy by NFL standards; however, Jason Sanders had only missed one field goal all year until that kick.

A few plays after the Jaguars got the ball back, Right Tackle Josh Wells was forced to exit the game. A play after that, Cody Kessler was forced to exit the game, therefore, former Jaguars starting Quarterback Blake Bortles entered the game. Bortles was not able to get anything done and was sacked on third down to end the drive.

The Dolphins were not able to get anything going on their next drive as a sack by Calais Campbell effectively ended it.

Dede Westbrook is simply good at football. He may not have scored here, but on the Dolphins ensuing punt allowed for him to return the football with plenty of space. The Dolphins Punter may have saved a sure touchdown (which would have been his second in two weeks).

The Jaguars were forced to attempt a field goal as there were only four seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, Kai Forbath was not able to get the ball off the ground really and it fell short. It seemed upon further review the football actually hit the Long Snappers behind. Very confusing kick.

The Jaguars would start off with the football entering the third quarter. They were not able to get anything going after a couple of first downs as the drive stalled. After a punt to the Dolphins, the Jaguars were able to quickly get the ball back. Calais Campbell beat the tackle to quickly get into the backfield and force a fumble on the Dolphins running back Bolden.

The Jaguars would proceed to go backward after getting the football with a holding penalty and a Fournette 8-yard loss on a carry. What an abysmal drive the Jaguars had here The Jaguars would punt on 4th and 46. Mind you, the drive started on the Dolphins 17-yard line.

After a couple of three and outs by both teams, the Jaguars made a Quarterback change yet again. Blake Bortles would enter the game as Cody Kessler was finally benched instead of being forced out due to injury.

Upon entering the game, Blake Bortles used his legs to carry the Jaguars to around the 10-yard line. A couple of Dolphins penalties helped assist the Jaguars in that effort as well. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize with a touchdown and had to settle for a Kai Forbath 26-yard field goal. 10-7 Jaguars.

On the Dolphins ensuing possession the Jaguars defense would come up big as they are wont to do (at least last year). Telvin Smith picks off Ryan Tannehill for an easy walk-in touchdown. The score was set to 17-7 and the Jaguars sailing to victory.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Dede Westbrook Punt Return
    Dede Westbrook continues to be the Jaguars best offensive threat as well as special teams returner. Replacing Jaydon Mickens earlier this year he has come into his own and no longer fair catches every ball. This is a good thing as he was able to return the football near halftime to the Dolphins 40-yard line to at the very least set up for a makeable field goal.
  • Telvin Smith Pick Six
    The Play of the game came midway through the fourth quarter as Ryan Tannehill threw an ill-advised pass off of his back foot and right into the waiting arms of Telvin Smith who would return the football for a touchdown. This would seal the Jaguars victory.
  • Calais Campbell Forced Fumble and Recovery
    Campbell came to play today as he was able to bundle his 9th sack of the season with a nice forced fumble on an amazing tackle for loss on the Dolphins running back.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Calais Campbell is your Jaguars player of the game. With his tenacity and vicious block shedding, he was able to be behind the line of scrimmage. A TFL and a sack, he was able to hold the Jaguars defensive line accountable and allow for the linebackers to roam free making tackles. Easily the Jaguars overall best performance on defense this season, and Calais Campbell was a major reason for this. Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue provided the most pressure, both getting a sack. Malik Jackson was also able to get in on the action for his second sack of the season.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars got the victory today. Although many fans were almost hoping for a loss considering the draft ramifications, it is obvious this team still wants to win and they want to win their way. On the back of the defense and with a consistent running game. Although the running game was stalled plenty of times, there was enough there to keep drives alive and score points.

The Jaguars will currently be slated to pick 9th overall in the draft after coming into the game with the 5th overall pick. For the Jaguars, this may be okay as they want to win, however for the fans this might seem like a loss for the long-run. The Jaguars will have to count on other teams next week to move up, and they would have to lose to get the ball rolling.

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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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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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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