Strug­gling Jaguars fire of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Mark Long The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Jack­sonville Jaguars ended up mak­ing a coach­ing change in the wake of an em­bar­rass­ing loss at Ten­nessee.

It wasn’t the one many ex­pected.

The Jaguars (2-5) fired of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Greg Ol­son on Satur­day, part­ing ways with him two days af­ter a lack­lus­ter ef­fort against the Ti­tans, and one day af­ter coach Gus Bradley in­sisted no staff changes would be made.

“Greg was a tremen­dous as­set and al­ways put all of his ef­fort in do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to help in his play­ers’ im­prove­ment,” Bradley said in a state­ment. “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.”

Ol­son, who has a wife and 12-year-old twins, was es­corted out of the build­ing dur­ing pregame cer­e­monies for the Florida-Ge­or­gia build­ing.

“We all felt good about the of­fense com­ing out of pre­sea­son,” Ol­son said. “Our in­abil­ity to find an iden­tity in the run game once the sea­son started hurt the en­tire of­fense’s abil­ity to im­prove . ... I wish I was given more time, but that’s the na­ture of this pro­fes­sion.”

The team said quar­ter­backs coach Nathaniel Hack­ett will take over play-call­ing du­ties next week at Kansas City. Hack­ett, who called plays for two sea­sons (201314) in Buf­falo, will be quar­ter­back Blake Bor­tles’ third co­or­di­na­tor in three years. Ol­son re­placed Jedd Fisch af­ter the 2014 sea­son.

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