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Jaguars fire offensive coordinator Greg Olson

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Quarterback coach Nathaniel Hackett will take over as the interim offensive coordinator. 

The Jaguars haven't lived up to expectations on either side of the ball. This move comes just a day after head coach Gus Bradley said there wouldn't be any changes to his coaching staff.

Last season, the Jaguars offense showed the ability to create big plays down the field. The expectation was that they would build on that performance during year No. 2 under Olson. Instead, the offense has seen a regression across the board. 

Through seven games the Jaguars rank 25th in total offense. A big reason why is their inability to generate a run game. Their 72.6 yards per game on the ground is second-worst in the NFL to the New York Giants. 

Turnovers have also been an issue. Jacksonville is tied for fifth in the league with 13 giveaways. 

Hackett previously served as offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14. 

Bradley released the following statement regarding Olson's release:

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 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 to make a change moving forward. I decided to promote Nathaniel Hackett from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

 

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