While the Jaguars’ coaching staff are at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, looking for more gems in this year’s draft, they also have been finishing up their staff, hiring a new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. The coordinator position has been filled by Greg Olsen, who was the Raiders coordinator the last two years. Doug Marrone has been named offensive line coach and assistant head coach.
Each of these names should be familiar to fans. Marrone, was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills the last two seasons, finishing 9-7 last year. He walked away after the season controversially, with a clause in his contract allowing him to do so while still getting paid. Marrone interviewed for three head coaching jobs before being named a part of the Jag’s staff. His experince as a head coach with the Bills and Syracuse is something this staff has not had the last two years. Marrone was an O-line coach for years in college and the NFL and an OC for a few seasons as well, before head coaching for Syracuse and then the Bills. He is inheriting a line that allowed a franchise worse with 71 sacks last season. There is some talent on the line, so hopefully an experienced coach will bring improvement.
Greg Olson, was the quarterback coach for the Jags in 2012, with Blaine Gabbert, who had his best season … which isn’t saying much. He’s been an o-coordinator for a few teams, with a small amount of success but has suffered from poor QB play most of the time. Jedd Fisch was fired after the season, for not seeing eye-to-eye on everything with Gus Bradley. The team also liked the way he handled rookie David Carr, for the Raiders last season.
Meanwhile, Bradley, along with the rest of the staff including Tony Boselli, who will handle the O-line for now, are in Mobile practicing and getting the players ready for the Senior Bowl. Last season, they drafted four players from the game, and signed three more un-drafted free agents. Rookie stand outs Telvin Smith, Brandon Linder and Aaron Colvin were all coached by the staff in 2014.
Some names that the Jags may like this game are tackles T.J. Clemmings from Pitt and Ty Sambrailo from Colorado State. Each are versatile linemen that can add depth or compete for a spot on the line. Safeties Damarious Randall from Arizona State and Cody Prewitt from Ole Miss could be second or third round picks, a great time to find a safety. The Jags have access to a full roster of players and plan to use it to their advantage, just as they did last season.