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Nate Hackett firing a message from Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone?

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The Jaguars fired second-year offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett this morning, amidst a seven-game losing streak and yielding one of the worst passing and most one-dimensional offenses in the NFL in recent weeks.

The move was confirmed by an announcement from head coach Doug Marrone, stating “These are always tough decisions, but as the head coach, I have to do what I think is best for this football team”…

…Even if it means hiring your partner-in-crime for nine years running, with the Syracuse Orange, Buffalo Bills, and most recently the Jaguars?

No, there’s definitely more to this.

I’m not one to create conspiracies normally, but this is incredibly fishy. It’s widely known that the struggling starting quarterback Blake Bortles has had the backing of Hackett for weeks: Hackett expressed his confidence in Bortles as the starter only last week:

This was following Bortles miserable play against the Steelers, where he went 10-18 for 104 yards and played poorly enough to decimate a 10-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Hackett went on a prolonged rant during the offseason on how much his trust has grown in Bortles as well, which is summarized in an article here.

Obviously, Hackett being a big believer in a bad quarterback did him in, but I believe there’s more to it than just Hackett. Bortles has the backing of GM Dave Caldwell, who selected him with the third overall pick in 2014 and handed him a three year, $54 million extension in February. Reports have even surfaced recently that Caldwell persuaded Tom Coughlin on Bortles in 2017.

Was Hackett fired by Marrone, the same guy who has worked closely with Hackett for going on a decade, to send a message to the front office that the time for Blake Bortles in Jacksonville must end?

It’s apparent that the backing of Bortles by certain members of the team is keeping him on the field. Marrone benched Bortles during the Wweek 7 loss to the Texans, and opened up the QB position for the second time in his two seasons as coach. Last time, Bortles was gifted his job back in the 2017 preseason. This time, a day after opening things up at the position, Marrone shocked the world and announced Bortles as the starter once again, despite clearly being outplayed by backup Cody Kessler and yet not a snap of practice competition had occured that week.

Marrone appears to have his back against the wall with Bortles. He has proven through his actions that he doesn’t trust Bortles. But with those above him appearing to demand Bortles keeps the starting nod, Marrone made the call to fire likely his closest friend in 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, who just so happened to align his thought process with those above Marrone.

I can’t imagine Marrone wanted to fire Hackett considering their history, which makes this move all the more interesting. If Marrone is eligible to make the move to Kessler despite Bortles’ having the backing of the front office, I wouldn’t be shocked whatsoever.

While it would be an alpha-move by a head coach in a three-headed monster in regards to football operations, I’m just curious if any move against Bortles, Caldwell and Co. would be the nail in Marrone’s coffin come the end of the season.

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

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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

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According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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