Greg Olson Fired by Jaguars: Latest Details, Comments, and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson watches from the sideline during player introductions prior to an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson on Saturday after the AFC South cellar-dwellers were downed 36-22 by the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN.com's Dan Graziano

The Jaguars confirmed the news on Twitter: 

#DUUUVAL @Jaguars

Statement from #Jaguars HC Gus Bradley. https://t.co/rBOuRzpszQ

After the news broke, Rapoport provided insight regarding why Jacksonville felt compelled to make a move, as well as Olson's reaction:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

There had been a disconnect between OC Greg Olson and coach Gus Bradley for some time. Lack of focus on the run was one reason.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Reaction from #Jaguars OC Greg Olson to today's move to remove him from his job https://t.co/Ojp3AfIlw1

Not only do the Jaguars rank 24th in scoring average at 19.9 points per game, but they've also had no offensive consistency. 

To that point, Jacksonville has scored five first-half touchdowns compared to 10 second-half touchdowns—several of which have come in garbage timeso far this season. 

That trend has been reflected in the production of quarterback Blake Bortles. 

A year after he tossed a league-high 18 interceptions and piled up loads of empty stats in garbage time, Bortles has failed to find a groove in first halves and keep the Jaguars competitive. 

Seven of Bortles' 12 touchdown passes have come in the fourth quarter, with a grand total of three coming in the first half: 

Blake Bortles' 2016 Production By Quarter
QuarterPass YdsComp. %TDINT
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

In addition to those inefficiencies through the air, Jacksonville has been lifeless on the ground. Although the Jaguars signed Chris Ivory (129 yards, one touchdown) to a five-year, $32 million deal, neither he nor T.J. Yeldon (220 yards, one touchdown) has been able to provide Bortles with any sort of relief. 

As a team, the Jaguars are averaging 3.8 yards per carry—which ranks 26th overall

With Jacksonville in need of a complete tactical overhaul, Nathaniel Hackett should have his hands full as he seeks to shed the Jags of their inefficient stigma. 

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN.com unless noted otherwise. 


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