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Jaguars well-connected to coordinators-for-hire in DeFilippo, Pettine

Zach Goodall



Jul 28, 2018; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo at Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently searching for a new offensive coordinator, and after a miserable defensive performance in their 30-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Thursday, they might have to look for a new play-caller on defense as well.

While Todd Wash’s defense was arguably the best in the NFL just last year, the unit has taken a step back in box score production this year. After ending the 2017 season with 38 total turnovers and 55 sacks, the Jaguars only have 15 turnovers and 25 sacks. Currently, the defense is on pace to end 2018 with 18 turnovers and 31 sacks. If the Jaguars wish to change things up defensively, Wash would likely be fired on December 31st after the season’s conclusion.

In that case, the Jaguars would have two open coordinator positions to fill this offseason. Considering it’s highly likely Marrone will stick around as the team’s head coach, expect him to utilize his coaching tree to make new hires. Well, his, and EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin.

What’s nice is there is some intertwining there, with two flashy names set to be available for hire this coming offseason: Former Minnesota offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and current Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

DeFilippo was released of his duties in Minnesota following the Vikings’ 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. In his first season with the Vikings, he had the pass game flowing by averaging 269 pass yards per game, ranking 8th in the NFL. QB Kirk Cousins has completed 70.6% of his passes for 3698 yards, 24 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in his first year wearing purple and white.

The same can’t be said about the Vikings’ run game, however. Dalvin Cook missing five games didn’t help, but even with a solid #2 in Latavius Murray filling in the Vikings have averaged a mere 85.4 rush yards per game, good for 30th across the league.

DeFilippo’s firing didn’t appear to be a performance issue and rather was a philosophy issue, which… doesn’t make sense considering the Vikings handed Cousins’ the first multi-year, fully-guaranteed quarterback deal in NFL history. Considering “Flip” had the Vikings’ pass game firing on all cylinders, which is what he specializes with and the Vikings appeared to want by DeFilippo’s hiring and the signing of Cousins, it’s hard to assume DeFilippo was at fault for the Vikings’ struggles. He should be a hot name this offseason for team’s looking for a new play-caller.

Jacksonville will be one of those teams, and they offer a great potential situation for “Flip” to take on. The Jaguars will most likely be selecting a quarterback in the first round as the Blake Bortles experiment is coming to an end, and with DeFilippo’s track record at the quarterback position, it’s hard to imagine he would turn down the idea to groom another. Considering his calling to the pass game, the Jaguars could look to add another mind for a run-game coordinator to pair with DeFilippo, but his lack of expertise with the run game shouldn’t keep them from bringing “Flip” in to fix the pass game.

And what makes this all really interesting is DeFilippo’s connection to the Jaguars staff.

“Flip” served as the New York Giants’ offensive quality control coach from 2005-2006, under then-head coach Tom Coughlin, who as previously mentioned currently serves as the Jaguars EVP of Football Ops. After Coughlin’s firing on New York a couple years back, he drew interest from San Francisco and Philadelphia for their open head coaching gigs. Had he taken one of those jobs, Coughlin would have brought “Flip” with him as his offensive coordinator. Despite Coughlin turning down both jobs, DeFilippo took a job as QB coach in Philly anyway.

Onto the defensive side of the ball, Mike Pettine is likely going to be searching for a new gig this offseason as well. He hasn’t gotten himself fired in Green Bay, as his defense ranks 8th best (up from 23rd in 2017 under Dom Capers) in pass yards allowed with 225 per game. While the run defense numbers aren’t great at 126.2 yards per game (24th), the Packers have accumulated 40 sacks and 19 turnovers, with three rookies starting on defense.

Pettine’s hybrid 4-3/3-4 defense relies on a mix of blitzing and four-man rushes with heavy utilization of man coverage to generate coverage pressure and sacks. Ben Fennell of The Athletic did a fantastic piece covering Pettine’s philosophies before the 2018 season began that you can read here. Pettine is also on record for being more of a players’ coach when it comes to schematics, as he bases his calls on his players’ skillset and reducing confusion in order to keep things simple and technique-based.

Todd Wash has been the polar opposite of that, more known for forcing scheme onto the talent the Jaguars have provided him. Players have even commented on their frustrations with Wash’s scheme in the past, and despite that, the Jaguars still mainly run the same thing: Four-man rush with very, very little blitzing, and often lining up in Cover 3 with a sprinkle of man coverage (mainly off-man). If this stubbornness is still a problem for the Jaguars defense (it is), then Pettine would be a great replacement to change those philosophies.

And, like DeFilippo, Pettine has a strong connection to the Jaguars’ staff as well.

Before taking a head coaching job in Cleveland from 2014-15, Pettine served as the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator… under previously mentioned Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. That year, although the Bills posted a not-great record of 6-10, their defense was lights out, allowing only 204.4 pass yards per game (4th best in NFL), and recording 35 interceptions and 57 sacks. Buffalo’s defense was regarded as one of the league’s best, and their performance landed Pettine his first head coaching game.

Oh, and although this is connecting the dots and nothing more: Pettine hired DeFilippo as the Browns’ offensive coordinator in 2015.

The Jaguars could very well just keep Wash as the defensive coordinator and promote from within at the offensive coordinator position with current interim O.C. Scott Milanovich. However, with the firing of DeFilippo and Pettine likely going to be avilable for hire with a new head coach heading Green Bay’s way, both have a fantastic track record that will make them hot names for teams searching for coordinators in 2019.

However, their connections to the men in charge in Jacksonville could give the Jaguars an edge over other teams, should the team pursue these options.


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

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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