Major changes are coming to the Jaguars, but some things will stay the same. Newly promoted head coach Doug Marrone is going to keep offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). Tight ends coach Ron Middleton will also stay in his current position.
After previously serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach, Nathaniel Hackett was promoted to OC in October 2016 following the dismissal of Greg Olson. It was expected that Hackett would remain in his role once Marrone was given the job since the two have a long history together. When Marrone was the head coach at Syracuse, Hackett was on the staff as quarterbacks coach and tight ends coach before ascending to OC. When Marrone became the Bills’ head coach, he brought along Hackett, then just 33 years old, to be his OC. In fact, he was so high on the enthusiastic young coach in 2013 that he did not interview other candidates for the job.
“I’m a firm believer in doing your homework thoroughly. As I mentioned in my opening press conference, I pride myself on my work ethic and in putting my staff together, I’m looking at every variable possible. With that said, Nathaniel’s abilities and creativity arose to the forefront at a very early stage,” Marrone said. “I believe he’s going to be highly successful in our organization and our players are going to enjoy executing our offensive schemes.”
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