The 2013 off-season has seen a full on youth movement in Jacksonville and its impossible to deny the recent success of the new staff members. Khan clearly went out and got the best young minds that have the potential to revolutionize the game. In hiring David Caldwell away from the Falcons, the Jaguars have a shrewd talent evaluator with a winning track record. He pitched Khan on a plan that would rebuild the Jaguars into a young, energetic team capable of sustainable winning.
Caldwell wanted a hot up and coming first time coach and he got him in Gus Bradley. Its notable that of the eight coaching vacancies this off-season, only the Jaguars hired a coach with a defensive backgrounnd. This is a key part of Caldwell's rebuilding plan. Caldwell realizes that there is no Matt Ryan to take with the second overall pick like his mentor Dmitrof did in Atlanta. This draft is heavy with talented beef acrss the defensive line. Gus Bradley knows how to use any defensive player to his full potential and has excelled particularly with lineman. Look at what he has done with Bryant, Mebane, and Clemons. He will help Caldwell select the best out of Star Lotuleilei, Demontre Moore, Bjoern Werner and several other notables. This pick will be the central foundation of our defense for years to come.
While Gus Bradley handles the bulk of the defensive game planning, the offensive design will be conceived by Jed Fisch. Caldwell and Bradley targeted a young up and coming fresh mind with a cutting edge take on the game. Bradley knows Fisch from their year together on the Seahawks staff in 2010. He knows Fisch's skills as a coach. Fisch will utilize his players effectively and get the most efficient production out of his unit. The Canes fans are just as upset as those in Seattle as the Jaguars pilfer their best young coaching mind.
Fisch has experience with wide receivers but is primarily known for his background with quarterbacks. This will be an essential skill as the Jaguars look to develop talent at the game's most important position. Fisch may look to implement a more down field approach as his Miami offense's passing yardage increased by substantially during his two years there. He has proven to involve running backs and tight ends extensively in the passing game. These are vital aspects of Jones-Drew's and Lewis's skill sets which have been under utilized of late. With reliable check down receivers at RB and TE, plus the further development of WRs Blackmon and Shorts a young quarterback has an ideal set of weapons.
Perhaps Fisch's most interesting note on his resume is that his career started on the defensive side of the ball. This insight could feasibly provide Fisch with unique ideas on how to attack and exploit opposing defenses. Fisch may have some defensive knowledge, but the Jaguars defense will be coordinated by Bob Babich. Gus Bradley is a defensive coach and no matter whether or not he calls the defensive plays, he will be extensively involved in its design and scheme. He has made an excellent decision to bring in Bob Babich as his number two. The two have worked together for years and clearly have a great working relationship. Babich is Bradley's mentor from his coaching days at NDSU. His veteran presence will provide a stabilizing force on the sidelines. He'll be able to share his wisdom with Bradley when necessary and will be a valuable teacher to our linebacker corps. He will work with Gus and help to implement the head coach's defensive schemes and ideas.
Several of the hirings may have come as surprises but it is clear that GM Dave Caldwell did his homework and has put together a young staff that is poised for success. Their enthusiasm, knowledge, and ingenuity will put the Jahuars players in the absolute best position to succeed. Now all they need are those players...