The Jacksonville Jaguars have identified a fall man for their disappointing 2-5 start.
The Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. This decision comes just two days after the Jaguars were trounced, 36-22, by the Tennessee Titans. Quarterbacks coach Nate Hackett is expected to take over the play-calling duties.
Jacksonville’s offense has taken a significant step back after expectations were ramped up entering the season. The Jaguars rank 25th in total offense (330.6 yards per game) and rank 24th in scoring offense (19.9 points per game) after ranking 18th and 14th in those respective categories last season.
Quarterback Blake Bortles has been rather unimpressive during his third season and has thrown for only 1,904 yards, 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Bortles’ shaky play has greatly hampered star receiver Allen Robinson’s production. He has only 32 receptions for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns after racking up 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago.
Jacksonville’s running game has also been non-existent, and the addition of Chris Ivory hasn’t done anything to help the cause. The Jaguars are 31st in the league with an average of 72.6 rushing yards per game. They also have the fewest attempts in the league and are one of seven teams with 3 touchdowns or fewer on the season.
Olson becomes the third offensive coordinator fired this season. The Buffalo Bills were the first to make a move by firing Greg Roman early in the season and the Baltimore Ravens parted ways with Marc Trestman a couple of weeks later.
This move is also extremely important for at least the short-term future of head coach Gus Bradley. Some had called for Bradley’s firing after the team started off the season 0-3, but a two-game winning streak helped fend off the skeptics. This move could mean that Bradley will get until at least the end of the regular season to right the ship, but it doesn’t mean he’s much safer.
Jacksonville better figure things out quickly, or else Bradley could be deemed the scapegoat next.