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Jaguars vs. Dolphins: Wednesday Injury Report, Fournette Full Go

Demetrius Harvey

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins are getting set for their week sixteen matchup at Hard Rock Stadium. While their respective seasons may be completely over as far as playoffs are concerned, teams still have to suit up. For the Jaguars, they are going into this week already severely beaten up from the in-season injuries over the first half and latter part, now of the season. Ronnie Harrison was recently placed on injured reserve and Leonard Fournette hurt his foot yet again.

Fortunately for the Jaguars, Leonard Fournette was surprisingly able to participate fully in practice today. A few days ago when Ronnie Harrison was placed on injured reserve, Head Coach Doug Marrone also suggested Fournette would be limited this week. That, however, seems not to be the case as Fournette was able to get his normal reps in practice, or at least very close to it. D.J. Chark will not practice yet again.

At this point for Chark the Jaguars should have placed him on injured reserve and brought up someone else to play and get competitive minutes in. Alas, they did not, and Chark will simply be on the injury report likely for the remaining two games.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars, it looks like Kai Forbath will again be the kicker this week. Josh Lambo was not able to participate in practice today with a groin injury. At this point in the week, it is not known whether or not he will for sure be inactive, but a DNP on Wednesday is never a good sign.

Below are the injury reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

RB Leonard Fournette (Foot): Full Participation

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Did Not Participate

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quad): Did Not Participate

S Jerrod Wilson (Knee/Personal): Did Not Participate

OL Jermey Parnell (Knee): Did Not Participate

DOLPHINS:

WR DeVante Parker (Shoulder): Full Participation

S Reshad Jones (Shoulder): Full Participation

RB Kalen Ballage (Hip): Full Participation

RB Kenyan Drake (Shoulder): Full Participation

C Travis Swanson (Ankle): Full Participation

T Ja’Wuan James (Shoulder): Full Participation

QB Ryan Tannehill (R.Shoulder/Ankle): Limited Participation

CB Xavian Howard (Knee): Limited Participation

CB Cornell Armstrong (Ankle): Limited Participation

LB Kiko Alonso (Knee/Hamstring): Limited Participation

T Laremy Tunsil (Knee): Limited Participation

LS John Denney (Finger/Hamstring): Limited Participation

WR Danny Amendola (Knee): Did Not Participate

DT Ziggy Hood (Hamstring): Did Not Participate

S T.J. McDonald (Ankle): Did Not Participate

Whew. The Dolphins have a loaded injury report and it is hard to tell if this is one of those Bill Belichick injury reports, or if it’s legit. Either way, there are a few concerns here, especially at major positions. For example, the Dolphins are possibly going to be without their starting QB Ryan Tannehill for this matchup.

Tannehill was able to play last week against the Vikings, however, there is a chance he will not play this week as he is still limited in practice.

A couple of other concerns are from the Dolphins RB and CB psoitions. Although they were fully participants, having two of your starting RBs on the injury report and one other starting RB on injured reserve (Frank Gore), it is never a good sign.

Otherwise, we will have to wait for more injury reports to be released to see a more legitimate breakdown of who will suit up and who will not suit up.

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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