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

Zach Goodall

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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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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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