After making some changes on both sides of the ball in parting ways with defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker and with wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan, the Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly sticking with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and tight ends coach Ron Middleton.
Marrone will be making many changes on offensive side as well, but keeping OC Nathaniel Hackett and TE coach Ron Middleton— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 10, 2017
In Hackett’s defense, he has experience working with new head coach Doug Marrone when both were with the Buffalo Bills and the running game did improve dramatically after Greg Olson was fired — going from 72.6 rushing yards per game to 124.8 rushing yards per game.
But sticking with tight ends coach Ron Middleton is a little more confusing. Young guys like Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling developed well, but they’re depth chart guys. Julius Thomas has been the most disappointing free agent signing in the Dave Caldwell era.
Whatever the reason, the offensive side of the ball is the first to reportedly be cemented for the 2017 season. The defensive side of the ball has yet to be determined.