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Jaguars Season Wraps up with 20-3 Loss to Texans, Secure Top 10 Pick

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JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans kicked off today for their Regular season finale at NRG Stadium. For the Jaguars, they had nothing to play for other than a draft pick. For the Texans, it was for the AFC South Title.

Leonard Fournette would miss his 8th game of the season in what would be probably the most disappointing season of his football career. The Jaguars will have to reevaluate the position in the offseason.

The Jaguars started the day on defense, which set the tone early with a quick three-and-out.  After the Jaguars got the ball back on offense, they proceeded to have a three-and-out of their own. However, during the punt to Houston, the Jaguars would somehow get the ball back. D.J. Chark was blocked into the punt returner which in turn forced a muffed punt. Jaguars ball at the 10-yard line.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars would only secure three points after a batted pass from Blake Bortles which was almost intercepted on third down. 3-0 Jaguars.

The Texans would kick it into overdrive on their ensuing possession. Effortlessly moving down the field on the heels of Deshaun Watson‘s legs. After a long reception by DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans would get it all the way down to the Jaguars three-yard line.

In what looked like a Deshaun Watson touchdown, the ruling on the field was overturned. The Texans would not be able to punch it in on third down and after a false start, were forced to kick a field goal. 3-3 tied ball game.

The Texans would get the ball back after a Jaguars three-and-out and would go down the field and score stemming from a pass interference by Tre Herndon to bring the Texans’ to the 7-yard line. The Texans would score on a Watson designed-run quickly after. 10-3 Texans.

The Jaguars finally got their first, first down of the game after receiving the ball following a missed opportunity by the Texans to add more to their lead off of a muffed punt by Dede Westbrook.

It was all Texans today as they would once again effortlessly score a touchdown by way of a Lamar Miller rushing touchdown. The Jaguars had no chance today, and for some, that was a good thing. The score was 17-3 Texans with two minutes to go in the first half.

Blake Bortles did absolutely nothing to give the Jaguars any confidence going into the 2019 season as he had only 29 yards passing in the entire first half. As reported before, the Jaguars are very likely to simply move on from Bortles and eat the dead money.

From our brothers over at BigCatCountry.com:

Basically, that was how the second half was going for the Jaguars, and nothing of note was happening on the Texans’ side of things either.

It was not all bad news for the Jaguars on defense at least. Calais Campbell extended his sack lead to 10.5 sacks on the season. He was the first Jaguars player in history to have back-to-back double-digit sack seasons. Yannick Ngakoue also got in on the party extending his sack total to 9. Taven Bryan also had his first career sack at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Texans finally got back on the board with a short field goal after being shut out for the second half of the game. 20-3 Texans.

The Jaguars could get nothing going on offense even in garbage time. Around the six-minute mark, Blake Bortles overthrew another open receiver, this time it was picked off by a waiting Texans player as Keelan Cole fell down.

The Jaguars would go onto lose the game 20-3. They secured a top ten pick in the NFL draft and a 5-11 record after being in the AFC title game just last week. The Houston Texans win the AFC South.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • D.J. Chark forces a muffed punt
    Although it was almost a complete accident, D.J. Chark continued to be a stud on special teams in his return.
  • Calais Campbell gets another sack
    Calais Campbell is likely the MVP of the Jaguars this season, possibly tied with Jalen Ramsey. With his 10th sack of the season today he’s the only player in Jaguars history to have back-to-back double-digit sack seasons.
  • Yannick Ngakoue gets 30th career sack
    Ngakoue continued to be a menace for opposing quarterbacks after recording 1.5 sacks today getting his total to 9.5 on the season. That is 30 for his career and the most in Jaguars history in a 3-year span.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

The player of the game goes to two players this week. Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell. Campbel has been impressive the entire season, and the season finale was no different.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars finished the season 5-11 with this loss to the Texans and will go into the NFL draft with a top-10 pick. It is nearly finalized as pick #7 as other teams finish their games today. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, this may not be enough to secure an elite talent in this year’s draft or a quarterback barring a trade up.

This more than likely was Blake Bortles’ last game as a Jacksonville Jaguar and he did not impress going only 15/28 107 yards and an interception.

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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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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