After losing quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich to the Edmonton Eskimos a few weeks ago, the Jaguars will have to search for a new assistant running backs coach. John Donovan, an offensive assistant for the Jaguars for the past four seasons has accepted the role of offensive coordinator at the University of Washington.
Donovan originally joined the Jaguars staff in 2016 as the team’s offensive quality control coach before being named assistant running backs coach following the 2018 season. In 2017, former Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, credited Donovan for his work in the red zone, at one point the team went a perfect six for six against the Houston Texans.
“I have been working with John since our time together at Georgia Tech, and it’s been a privilege to see how much he’s grown as a coach over the past 20 years,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said today in a statement released by the team. “He is a diligent worker and has had success coaching offenses in the collegiate ranks at Penn State and Vanderbilt, and I look forward to seeing the impact he makes at Washington. I appreciate his time in Jacksonville and how deeply he cares for developing the players he works with , and I wish him, his wife, Stacey, and their family all the best in Seattle.”
Under the guidance of Donovan and running backs coach Terry Robiskie, Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette accomplished his most successful season in the NFL totaling 1152 rushing yards (4.3 yards-per-carry), 76 receptions and 552 receiving yards in 2019.
It is not yet known whether the Jaguars plan to replace Donovan on the team’s coaching staff, however Marrone and all Jaguars assistant coaches are expected to meet on Monday.