The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The #Jaguars did make a coaching change after all. I’m told they’ve fired OC Greg Olson.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2016
Rapoport goes on to say that one of the main reasons for Olson being fired is a “disconnect” with head coach Gus Bradley. A lack of focus on running the ball was a reason Rapoport gave.
Sure, Blake Bortles has looked awful this season, but how much of that can really be tied to Olson as a coordinator? In my opinion, Olson has been doing more than not to put Bortles and this offense in a position where their weaknesses are minimized at the expense of the vertical passing offense they built. Olson was rolling Bortles out of the pocket multiple times a game, he was being more strategic about when and where passes of 20 or more yards were being thrown, the hurry-up offense was being employed, and he wasn’t running ineffective T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory just for the sake of “having a running game”.
The problem is moreso that the running backs have not been good, the offensive line is awful at run blocking, and their quarterback has regressed to his sophomore year of college — and has less to do with Olson not being able to put together an effective gameplan.
But Gus Bradley needed a scapegoat, and Olson was gonna be it.
According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, the interim offensive coordinator will be quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett.