Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett Fired After 2-Plus SeasonsNovember 26, 2018
The Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Doug Marrone fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Monday.
Hackett told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network he was surprised by Marrone's decision:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Spoke with ex-#Jags OC Nate Hackett, who thought he was being called in to discuss a QB change. Instead he was out. “It wasn’t anything negative, (Marrone) just decided to make a move. I guess he didn’t think I was good enough, that’s the only thing I can think of. It’s a shock."
Under Hackett, the Jaguars rank 22nd in yards per game (346.5) and 28th in points per game (17.9) this season. The Jaguars finished 23rd in yards per game in 2016 and 25th in points, but those numbers increased significantly in 2017 to sixth and fifth, respectively.
Hackett had his challenges this season. Star running back Leonard Fournette, for one, has missed a number of games to injury. The team isn't rife with dynamic weapons in the passing game. And quarterback Blake Bortles continues to play mediocre football, leaving many to conclude that perhaps he's the bigger issue in Jacksonville than Hackett was this past season:
Hackett is the first domino to fall for an organization that could make major changes after the 2018 season. A year after reaching the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars are 3-8, losers of seven straight and arguably the most disappointing team of the season around the NFL.