Jags Make Coaching Moves
The biggest week of change in Jaguars history added a little more shakeup as interim head coach Mel Tucker decided to shift around his coaching staff. Gone is wide receivers coach Johnny Cox, and replacing him will be former quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter takes over the duties of coaching Blaine Gabbert as well as his day job of calling the plays. Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country has the story.
Our take: The Jaguars wide receivers are the worst in football and although they probably aren't terrible because of the coaching, it's been proven that they're not getting better. Blaine Gabbert's mechanics aren't good right now and possibly Koetter can help that. With five weeks left in the season I don't think anyone should expect miracles.
Jason Hill Waived
According to numerous reports, the Jaguars waived their most productive receiver, Jason Hill on Wednesday. Hill had 25 receptions for 367 yards and a team-high three receiving touchdowns this year.
Although Hill is the only Jaguars receiver to find the end zone multiple times, he dropped his fair share of throws, quit on routes and didn't make many friends in the locker room or on the coaching staff.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith admitted that he did a poor job with the wide receiver position this year.
"Something that's obvious to everyone is we have to get better at receiver," Smith said. "Clearly, some of that falls on me. I'm disappointed I haven't seen improvement in that group that I'd hoped we'd have at this point. We just have to have better performance around him, and I think you'll see a quarterback grow into the player we feel he can be."
Our take: Guys like Jason Hill and Mike Thomas have been wasting reps this season as they've simply quit on routes, had numerous drops and look terrible. Cutting Thomas is impossible as he was given a contract extension in the offseason so Hill was the next best thing. The offense can't get any worse, right?
As much as Pro Football Talk, ESPN and Sports Illustrated would love for you to believe that the Mayflower trucks are en route to Jacksonville, it's simply not the case. In Wayne Weaver's statement on Tuesday, he said that Shahid Khan wasn't interested in moving the franchise.
Whether you believe the new owner or not, what will make it nearly an impossibility for the team to relocate is the rock-solid lease the city has with the team. Alfie Crow elaborated on a Yahoo Sports report.
Our take: The Jaguars lease seems impenetrable and it appears as if the team will be in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future. That doesn't mean that the ticket buying public can sit on their hands if they don't want to be the butt of jokes nationwide. Right or wrong, Jacksonville is the poster child for blackouts even though they haven't had a game blacked out for nearly two years.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie