Jaguars fire offensive coordinator Greg Olson, quarterbacks coach promoted

Jaguars beat writer Mike Kaye discusses Greg Olson firing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jaguars have shaken up their coaching staff following a loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night  Football. 

The team fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson on Saturday. 

Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will serve as the offensive coordinator moving forward. He served as the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator from 2013-2014.

The Jaguars offense ranks 25th in the league this season through seven games. Last season, Olson's unit produced franchise-high numbers with the team finishing 18th in total offense.

Quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns put up spectacular numbers last season, but the trio has failed to get on the same page so far this year.

Olson joined the team last offseason. The Jaguars are currently 2-5 and have never won more than five games in a season under head coach Gus Bradley. His overall record is 14-41 during his tenure.

The team fired former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch after the 2014 season.

Olson previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams. This was his second stint with the Jaguars, as he served as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in 2012.

Bradley released the following statement following Olson's firing:

"This morning, I made the decision to relieve Greg Olson of his duties as offensive coordinator. 

Greg was a tremendous asset and always put all of his effort in doing everything he can to help in his players' improvement. He did some great things with our offense over the past two seasons, and for that, we are very appreciative. 

After a thorough evaluation, I came to the conclusion that with the direction that our offense was headed, it was best to make a change moving forward. I decided to promote Nathaniel Hackett from quartebacks coach to offensive coordinator.

Nathaniel has a previous history as a play-caller in Buffalo and will bring energy to the offensive meeting room. He has built a great relationship with the offensive players and staff over the past two seasons."

Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will serve as the offensive coordinator moving forward. He served as the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator from 2013-2014.

"It's a business, and sometimes changes happen, but the schedule doesn't stop," a veteran offensive player - who asked to remain anonymous - told First Coast News on Saturday. "We have a game to play this week and all of us will get behind Nate and prepare the best we can."

Players were not told about the move. The majority of players that spoke with First Coast News about the decision were in favor of a change.

"Everybody is frustrated with everything," a veteran defensive player - who also asked to not be named - said. "Something has got to give."

Bradley told the players that there would be changes made during the team meeting on Friday. Most players assumed the adjustments would be made from a personnel perspective. 

Hackett's units ranked 19th and 26th during his time calling the offense in Buffalo. However, his run game ranked 2nd and 25th during his tenure. The passing game was 28th and 18th in the league in those two years.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.


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