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Jaguars Film Room – Breaking Down Taven Bryan’s Tape

Zach Goodall



Nov 25, 2017; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Taven Bryan (93) during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have mastered the art of trench building.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than 55 sacks from Yannick Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and Company, it did. The Jaguars selected Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan with the 29th overall pick, and he provides all the potential in the world to help continue Sacksonville’s dominance for years to come.

At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of the pick. I knew of Bryan’s ability to rush the passer, and was in awe at the explosion in his game when I observed him at the UF Pro Day:

However, I didn’t believe in the idea of drafting someone to play in a limited role early in their career considering the Jaguars are currently in a Super Bowl window. Offensive guard was the ideal pick, in my opinion.

But there is a ton of logic in the Bryan selection. Defensive end Calais Campbell isn’t exactly what you’d call a spring chicken at the age of 31 years old, and he will turn 32 the week before the 2018 NFL season kicks off. On top of that, Campbell, as well as defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Marcell Dareus, have outs coming up in their contracts within the next two years. The Jaguars can create cap space by cutting Jackson and Dareus after the 2018 season, and the same can be said about Campbell after the 2019 season.

Considering these factors, looking to the future at the Jaguars strongest position group — defensive line — is always smart. The timing of the Bryan selection gives him the opportunity to grow under the players mentioned above, and eventually take over in their roles.

Let’s take a look at the film to get an idea as to what Bryan offers immediately to the Jaguars pass rush, and where he can grow as he ascends into the future of the Jaguars’ interior pass rush.


  • Incredibly explosive athlete. Usually has a full step on his DL counterparts on the snap. Ran a 4.98 40 yard dash, 7.12 3 cone, 4.48 20 yard shuttle, and a 119 inch broad jump.
  • Doesn’t struggle to get off blocks. Displays good hand usage and pop on contact.
  • High motor that allows him to drive when he creates leverage. Walks offensive linemen yards back into the pocket with ease.
  • Crazy chase speed. No loafing. Wants to finish every play.
  • Arm bar, push-pull, and rip rush moves are very polished.

The first thing that stands out to me in Bryan’s film is his first step explosion. He isn’t a snap-jumper, and is rather disciplined on timing off of the line of scrimmage. The three other defensive linemen in this clip are barely out of their stances and Bryan has already initiated hand placement on the left guard. The ball is only half way to the quarterback. That’s insane.

His speed to contact gives Bryan leverage on most pass rushing snaps, and when he creates leverage against a block, he has no issue driving linemen back into the pocket and create easy pressure. His disengagement here is clean, but he also possesses a swift push-pull rush move to get off blocks:

Bryan gets his arms extended before you can blink your eyes, and the guard never has the time to set his feet. This is the pure explosion and strength that Bryan brings to the table.

Here’s an example of Bryan’s rip move, on an extended version of the clip used above to examine his first-step explosion. It’s near impossible for linemen to recovery-block Bryan when he beats them with his first step and low pad level, so they try to push him out by his shoulder. I’d assume that’s how he developed his rip, and it’s incredibly effective.

Bryan told me at his pro day that his rip-move is one of his favorite moves, as well as arm-barring:

Bryan doesn’t seem to struggle vs. double teams unless the opposing linemen match his athletic prowess, being able to react to his first step and even out pad level. That isn’t the case in the clip above, as Bryan bulldozes his way between the left tackle and guard to record the sack.


  • Despite his polished arm bar, push-pull, and rip moves, Bryan’s pass rush moves arsenal is limited.
  • Awareness and recognition is a work in process. Needs to learn to trust what he sees ahead of him.
  • Pad level is inconsistent vs. athletic offensive linemen.

The biggest weakness I see in Bryan’s game is his play recognition and awareness of what he needs to do once he explodes through the line.

On the backside of the play, the Florida defensive end has the perfect set up to eliminate the option. Bryan needs to become aware of that and continue his aggression to where the play is going. This run went for 17 yards, when it could have ended in a loss of four yards.


When an offensive lineman is athletic enough to challenge Bryan, he struggles to create leverage due to an inconsistent pad level. This, like his awareness issues, is coachable, and considering the group of pass rushers and that Jaguars DL coach Marion Hobby is pretty good at his job, I trust that Bryan will develop in these areas just fine.

The best way to sum up what Taven Bryan offers is incredible athleticism and explosion for a man of his size (6-5, 291 lbs), with upside to turn into a dominant pass rusher. There are aspects of his game that need to be developed at the next level, but Jacksonville offers him the perfect situation to groom himself into being the next great NFL defensive lineman.

I’d expect Bryan to be a sub-package tackle and end throughout his rookie year, and that his role will grow into full-time starter at either of those positions within the next two years.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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  1. Eric

    May 10, 2018 at 8:14 am

    This is the best, most well written and detailed site on the Jaguars. I just found this sure today, but I will be telling my friends about you folks for sure, keep up the analysis!
    I especially like this article and the DJ Hayden analysis, great stuff

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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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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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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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