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ROUNDTABLE: Jacksonville Jaguars Second Quarter Team Report Card

Zach Goodall

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Jun 12, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; A general view of the newly named TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Locked On Jaguars staff is back to hand out their second quarter report cards for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The first quarter report cards included 11 A’s (out of 28 total grades). This time, well… let’s just get to the grades.

(One (1) A out of 24 total grades, if you really wanted to know.)

Zach Goodall

Offense: F (Quarter 1: B)

Since the last report card came out, the Jaguars have scored six points in the first half of four games. 3/21 first half drives have gone for 40 or more yards. Blake Bortles has been benched midway through a game, only to be renamed starter the week after. This team misses Leonard Fournette, and doesn’t trust it’s current run game, handing the ball off to RBs on 48 of 252 (19%) total offensive plays dating back to Week 5. Miserable performance = miserable grade.

Defense: C+ (Quarter 1: A)

The defense had a bad game against Dallas that drags them down, but otherwise, they’ve been underperforming due to a lack of aggressive coaching (I’ll get to that later) and bad field position (thanks Blake). They have 149 QB pressures on 233 pass rush snaps this year, and the secondary plays to their capable level when in tight man coverage, which we see on occasion. When in zone, however, the linebackers have been getting eaten up in the underneath game. When the offense continues to put the defense in bad field position (see: Houston game) and on the field for long periods of time, the defense will naturally get tired and underperform, and that’s been the case as of late.

Special Teams: B- (Quarter 1: B+)

Josh Lambo has been perfect, going 12/12 on both field goals and extra points and setting a new career high of 57 yards on Sunday. But, Logan Cooke has struggled flipping the field at critical times, and despite some nice pins inside the 20 and a solid game against Philadelphia, those punts hurt the special teams grade a bit, just not substantially. Also, the return teams are underperforming, with 13 kickoffs averaging 17.1 yards per return, and 15 punts returning 7.3 yards per return.

Coaching: D (First quarter: B+)

After doing a really good job managing the offense without Leonard Fournette and the defense looking dominant once again in the first quarter, the coaching staff has a lot of blame on their shoulder for the four game losing streak. Nathaniel Hackett has been dependent on a poor passing game, running the ball on only 19% of plays and throwing 40+ times a game every week, EVEN AFTER trading for RB Carlos Hyde. Todd Wash has called a conservative defense that has led to the underneath passing zones to get eaten up and opposing run games to shine, when this team is more than capable to win when in tight man coverage and blitzing.

Chris Thornton

Offense: F (First quarter: B+)

Defense: D+ (First quarter: A)

Special Teams: B (First quarter: A)

Coaching: F (First quarter: B+)

Demetrius Harvey

Offense: D- (First quarter: C+)

I nearly assigned the Jaguars offense an F. Honestly, they probably deserve it, but because of circumstances out of their control – injuries – I settled on a D-. They were at the very least able to add to the offense and continued to try new things as it came to play calling. While nearly none of it worked, it is what occurred.

Defense: C+ (First quarter: A+)

The defense gets a C+, kind of the opposite of the offense, because they should have received a higher mark, but struggled because of the offense (time of possession and field position). The defense struggled heavily in the Dallas Cowboys game, as well as against the fire-powered Chiefs (understandably). I lowered them due to their run defense, it just has not been good. On 3rd down the Jaguars still have not been able to get pressure on the quarterback often enough, and it is now a trend.

Special Teams: B (First quarter: B)

The special teams received a higher mark than many would expect almost solely from kicker Josh Lambo. Not only has Lambo not missed a single kick this year, he also is 1/1 in onside kicks. Easily the Jaguars best player as far as consistency. Other than that, Logan Cooke has somewhat redeemed himself this quarter as his punts are not nearly as bad.

Coaching: D (First quarter: A)

Since head coach Doug Marrone want to continue to accept responsibility while consistently making no changes, they have received a D in the coaching department. Until they make any changes, I cannot reasonably give them any higher marks. Their worst mistake was continuing to go with Blake Bortles even though he was already benched once this season.

Zak Dewitt

Offense: F (First quarter: B+)

This offense is bad. Blake Bortles is trash. The play-calling is trash. The WRs aren’t doing them many favors. The run-game is non existent. This is trouble.

Defense: C (First quarter: A-)

The secondary has still been playing well but the regression from last year has come in the form of not generating turnovers. The defensive line also isn’t getting home but that’ll come.

Special Teams: B (First quarter: B)

I guess this is worth a B? Josh Lambo has been one of the only bright spots lately but the offense also isn’t putting our ST in good positions.

Coaching: D (First quarter: A)

The defensive and offensive coordinator need to go. The defensive scheme is very bad and the offensive playcalling hasn’t been much better. Doug Marrone also isn’t keeping this team disciplined and only he can fix that.

Dylan Goldman

Offense: F+ (First quarter: B+)

Yes, I acknowledge the injuries, but this offense has been putrid for the entire second quarter of the season. They had been shut out in the first half three games in a row up until last week. QB Blake Bortles was benched at one point, and he’s been the epitome the offense in the second quarter of the season.

Defense: C- (First quarter: A-)

The defense has been far from perfect, but the offense’s futility has them on the field often, and forces them to carry the lackluster offense. The defense kept them in games against Houston and Philly, but they were also very poor against KC and Dallas. This defense is far from what it was last year, but it hasn’t been completely terrible.

Special Teams: B+ (First quarter: B-)

Josh Lambo has been phenomenal all season, hitting on all his kicks, including a 57-yarder in London. Lambo has become automatic, and has been the only constant for Jacksonville’s offense. Punter Logan Cooke has been inconsistent, but has done a nice job of flipping the field at times recently.

Coaching: F+ (First quarter: B)

Although injuries have hampered the team, I can’t give the coaching staff an excuse for overseeing four straight losses. The decision to run so sparingly on Sunday was downright baffling, and I’m not quite sure Doug Marrone has handled the QB situation very well.

Christian Bedgood

Offense: D+ (First quarter: B-)

The often inconsistent Bortles has finally played consistently. The bad news is that he’s consistently holding the team back. After going three straight first halves without scoring, a Jaguars record, Bortles was benched vs the Texans just to be named starter vs the Eagles. Now with the season basically over much ado to Bortles, it’s time to find a replacement.

Defense: B+ (First quarter: A-)

Constantly being put in bad field position, the defense has been ridiculed for not playing well. If you like to be lazy and just look at the final score you sure could end at that conclusion, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not true. They aren’t the defense of yester-year. It would have been ridiculous to replicate that. But they have been good enough to win games even though they have rarely been in the position to play with a lead.

Special Teams: A (First quarter: A)

Josh Lambo hasn’t missed a kick this year and had a career high 57-yard field goal against the Eagles. He’s the main reason for this grade.

Coaching: C (First quarter: B+)

Fans want to scapegoat Nathaniel Hackett for his play calling as of late but for all the excuses Bortles gets for having drops and injuries, Hackett should get ten-fold just for having Bortles as his quarterback. It also doesn’t help when your head coach is saying he’s not confident in his offensive line when they’re only missing one starter and backed up the Brinks truck in free agency for Andrew Norwell.

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 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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