The Jacksonville Jaguars have interviewed a number of coaches around the league for their offensive coordinator vacanacy, but none have turned into anything serious yet and ESPN's John Clayton believes he knows why.
On ESPN Radio's "Carmen and Jurko" (co-hosted by former Jaguars defensive tackle John Jurkovic) Clayton said he thinks "people are shying away from the job" and implied that there were unrealistic expectations put on former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
Around the 55:30 mark, a caller by the name of Drew dialed in and asked if Clayton had been hearing any rumors as to who would be the next offensive coordinator. After saying the team had been talking with Marc Trestman, he offered this little tidbit:
"It was a very curious move for Gus Bradley to fire Jedd Fisch. They were such good friends and all that. Hey, you go to a rookie quarterback, and the expectations are you're only going to get 14-16 points a game. That's reality, particularly knowing they didn't have a running game. So, Rick Dennison can be a candidate, but I think a lot of people are shying away from the job because it's going to take some time for this team to build up."
While a rookie quarterback will often put you at the bottom of the table in terms of passing yardage per game (the Jaguars finished 31st with just 187.6 yards per game) there was no excuse for a second-year offensive coordinator to be handcuffing Blake Bortles the way he was.
For example, in a Week 12 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Bortles threw 24 passes to receivers. 21 of them traveled nine yards or less in the air. That's inexcusable, especially coming off a bye week with a strong-armed quarterback at your disposal.
And I'm sure any coach worth his salt is going to know that.