Jaguars fire of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor DeFilippo

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Gard­ner Min­shew was as good as any rookie quar­ter­back in the NFL. Run­ning back Leonard Four­nette had a ca­reer year. And sec­ond-year pro DJ Chark be­came a weekly threat to de­fenses.

It wasn’t enough to save John DeFilippo’s job.

The Jaguars fired DeFilippo af­ter one sea­son Mon­day, be­com­ing the sec­ond team to part with him in the last 13 months. Coach Doug Mar­rone made the de­ci­sion the day his as­sis­tants re­turned from a brief break fol­low­ing the reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale.

Mar­rone is ex­pected to keep ev­ery­one else on his staff. Find­ing a re­place­ment for DeFilippo could be tough given it seems to be a play­offs-or-over­haul sea­son for the Jaguars.

Owner Shad Khan kept Mar­rone and gen­eral man­ager Dave Cald­well de­spite pub­lic calls for a com­plete re­boot, and Khan made it clear that ex­pec­ta­tions would be high. Mar­rone and Cald­well have two years re­main­ing on their con­tracts.

So Mar­rone will have to per­suade some­one to join his staff know­ing it could be a one-and-done sit­u­a­tion. He also has to re­place quar­ter­backs coach Scott Mi­lanovich and as­sis­tant run­ning backs coach John Dono­van. Mi­lanovich left to be­come the head coach of the CFL’s Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos. Dono­van re­turned to the col­lege ranks as Wash­ing­ton’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

DeFilippo will now be look­ing for his third job in as many years. The Vik­ings fired him in De­cem­ber 2018 af­ter less than one year on the job.

The Jaguars (6-10) ranked 20th in the league in to­tal of­fense and 26th in scor­ing last sea­son.

In other co­or­di­na­tor news, the Bears re­port­edly will hire Bill La­zor as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

La­zor, 47, pre­vi­ously was the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the Dol­phins (2014-15) and

Ben­gals (2017-18).

Head coach Matt Nagy will re­tain of­fen­sive play-call­ing du­ties for the Bears.

Red­skins pro­mote Smith: The Red­skins con­tin­ued their or­ga­ni­za­tional over­haul by pro­mot­ing Kyle Smith to VP of player per­son­nel.

The son of for­mer NFL GM A.J. Smith spent the last three sea­sons in charge of col­lege scout­ing and the draft. In his new role, Smith will over­see col­lege and pro per­son­nel de­ci­sions.

Chung charges dropped: A co­caine posses­sion charge against Pa­tri­ots safety Patrick Chung will be dropped with the un­der­stand­ing that he will un­dergo pe­ri­odic drug test­ing and per­form 40 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

A grand jury in New Hamp­shire in­dicted Chung in Au­gust. Belk­nap County At­tor­ney An­drew Liver­nois had said mem­bers of the Mered­ith, N.H., po­lice depart­ment were called to Chung’s home in June and ob­tained ev­i­dence lead­ing to the felony drug charge. Chung pleaded not guilty.

A hear­ing on Chung’s case was sched­uled for Tues­day, but was can­celed with the re­lease of the agree­ment.

Liver­nois said there are sev­eral fac­tors that led the state to agree to drop the charge, in­clud­ing that Chung has no crim­i­nal record; that he co­op­er­ated with po­lice at his home; that the amount of drugs was small; and that Chung un­der­went a sub­stance abuse eval­u­a­tion that in­di­cated he didn’t need treat­ment.

The agree­ment says Chung will re­main on good be­hav­ior for two years, sub­mit to monthly drug test­ing at a lab for a year, then ev­ery 90 days for an­other year. Chung will agree to pro­vide the state with copies of the re­sults and will sign a waiver al­low­ing the state to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with the lab to ver­ify the re­sults.

Chung has been a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor on de­fense to three of the Pa­tri­ots’ six Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onships.


The Jaguars fired of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor John DeFilippo af­ter just one sea­son.

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