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Jaguars Slip-Slide Their Way into 16-13 Loss to Redskins

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins came into this game with very little to play for. Washington started a quarterback who had not started an NFL game in seven years. Johnson also had not passed the football in the regular season in the same amount of time before last week.

The Jaguars came into this week having made moves which typically would happen during the offseason. Getting rid of veteran safety Barry Church and releasing Niles Paul from injured reserve. They continued the theme in a different way today by making Carlos Hyde a healthy scratch. All signs are now pointing to the Jaguars releasing Hyde in the offseason and saving $4.75 Million on the 2019 salary cap.

The Jaguars started the game on offense and proceeded to turn the football over within five plays. Cody Kessler would fumble the football after having a nice 12-yard first down run a couple of plays prior.

The turnover would set Washington up near field goal range, however, the Jaguars would make sure they did not go much further as Calais Campbell came up big on third down with a sack to force the Washington three-and-out.

Washington’s first scoring drive would come after a shanked punt by Logan Cooke which would only travel a ~30 yards. It would be only three points allowed for the Jaguars defense, which is impressive considering their woes coming into today’s game. 3-0 Washington.

An interesting lineup change for the Jaguars was at kick returner. Instead of putting Rashad Greene back there as the Jaguars used to do in recent weeks, Leonard Fournette was the Jaguars kick returner. Fournette returned kicks for LSU during college.

A couple of minutes into the 2nd quarter the Jaguars had just -5 yards passing. Some might say that is bad. The Jaguars had an opportunity to make a big play midway through the second quarter. Lerentee McCray was able to get a piece of a Washington punt which could have, and maybe should have been blocked for a safety or a touchdown. Unfortunately, the ball only was deflected and resulted in what would normally be a severely shanked punt.

On a short field, the Jaguars were finally able to take advantage. A couple of nice Cody Kessler runs, and the Jaguars were at least able to get into field goal range. Newly signed kicker Kai Forbath would nail a 33-yarder. Regular starting kicker Josh Lambo was out with a groin injury. 3-3 tied ball game at this point in the second quarter.

At this point in the ballgame Kessler has had 44 yards rushing, however, he had also been sacked a total of four times.

The Jaguars were forced to punt the ball which resulted in Logan Cooke’s best punt of the season by far. A 72-yarder which Washington had no shot at returning. The Jaguars defense would force Washington to punt quickly after.

On the ensuing punt return, wide receiver Dede Westbrook would spark a new life in this Jaguars team as he was able to take the ball 74-yards for a Jaguars touchdown. Westbrook is possibly the Jaguars best offensive player and it showed even on special teams today.

10-3 Jaguars and this would be the first time all season the Jaguars were able to take the lead back after trailing this season. Remarkable.

Washington would receive the 2nd half kickoff and drive the ball downfield enough yards to kick a field goal cutting the lead to four points at 10-6 Jaguars. The Jaguars would do nothing with their opening opportunity as the same woes that plagued them, continued to plague them. No pass protection and very little focus in the run game.

On Washington’s ensuing possession what seemingly was the rookie first-round pick Taven Bryan’s first career sack turned out to be simply a tackle for loss. Johnson (Washington’s Quarterback) was scrambling within the pocket, however, was ruled to be running. Bryan has been flipping between 3T and 5T during the season and is finally starting to get enough playing time to grow.

On the Jaguars ensuing possession, they were able to march down the field via the running game with Williams, Westbrook, Yeldon, and Kessler. While the Jaguars were not able to get much going in the passing game, an end around a run of 20 yards by Westbrook and a 20-yard Scramble by Kessler, as well as another 15-yard run by Williams would set the Jaguars up nicely in field goal range.

Kai Forbath would extend the Jaguars lead with a 41-yard field goal to seven points. 13-6 Jaguars.

One important note during this second half is Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars former fourth overall pick was not on the field at all the entire 3rd quarter and into the 4th quarter. Essentially, Fournette had been benched during this contest.

Washington would methodically drive the ball down the field and end it with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Jeremy Sprinkle. The game now 13-13.

Just when the Jaguars were looking to take the lead again on a nice drive which started with a crazy 25-yard run by Leonard Fournette (Fournette was injured on this play), the Jaguars would hurt themselves yet again. Following a pass interference by Donte Moncrief, Cody Kessler would sail a ball which was tipped and quickly intercepted by Washington.

What looked to be a Jaguars victory quickly turned into a devastating loss as Washington was able to easily march down the field, get into field goal range and burn the clock. As time expired Washington hit a 33-yard field goal to seal their victory. Final score 16-13 Washington.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • Dede Westbrook 74-yard punt return TD
  • 20-yard Dede Westbrook end around
  • Calais Campbell first-half sack

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Dede Westbrook:

Many fans believed Westbrook should have been the player of the game last week against the Titans, however, with how that game went I couldn’t figure out who to give it to anyways. This week was obvious, and it was Dede Westbrook. Westbrook was the only player today to really do anything of note on offense and special teams. With a 74-yard punt return touchdown, this was a no-brainer.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars let everyone down yet again with their disappointing offensive play. Not only could they not hang onto a late seven-point lead, but they also were not able to stop Washington when they needed to, to at least hold it to a tied ball game.

A silver lining for Jaguars fans is the Jaguars will now pick 5th overall for now after today’s matchups. This will help the Jaguars ability to snag a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft. If they are able to hold onto the 5th overall pick or get higher, I believe they will have a very good shot at one of the two top-ranked quarterbacks (Haskins and Herbert).

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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