After what was arguably the most disappointing season in franchise history, the Jaguars cut ties with four assistant coaches. Perry Fewell (defensive backs), Pat Flaherty (offensive line), Marion Hobby (defensive line), and Tyrone Wheatley (running backs) were all fired by Doug Marrone.
The Jaguars also don’t have an offensive coordinator. Nate Hackett was fired during the season and the team has yet to name his replacement, but the Jaguars have interviewed Darrell Bevell and Todd Monken for the job. There are also reports that they have interest in Gray Kubiak.
Replacing a coordinator and four assistants is no small task. The men hired to take on these roles will help to define what the Jaguars will be in 2019 and perhaps beyond. On that front the Jaguars appear to have identified two coaches that will join the staff.
According to Alex Marvez the Jaguars are expected to add George Warhop as their offensive line coach and Tim Walton as their defensive backs coach.
George Warhop spent the last five seasons in Tampa as the offensive line coach. The last three of which were spent under Todd Monken. Warhop’s hiring may indicate that the team will hire Monken as their new offensive coordinator. It may not. Warhop would be a surprising hire if Monken is not in play. In 2018 the Buccaneers passing offense was rather impressive, but their O-line play wasn’t. The team averaged under four yards per carry and surrendered 41 sacks. Neither are overly impressive. The 109 QB hits that the Bucs O-Line allowed was fifth most in the entire NFL. Under Warhop’s guidance the Buccaneers offensive line has left a lot to be desired over the last three seasons, however they did have some success in 2015. He’s served in the same position with the Browns, 49ers, Cardinals, Cowboys and Rams dating back to 1996.
Tim Walton served as the Giants defensive backs coach from 2015 to 2018. The Giants were the worst pass defense in football during his first season with the team and were the second worst in 2017. The group never finished in the top half of the league under Walton’s direction. Prior to joining the Giants he served as the Rams defensive coordinator for one season in 2013 and had stops in college as a DC in Memphis and Miami. All three times he’s been a DC Walton hasn’t lasted more than a season.
Neither of these hires inspire much confidence on the surface. However, if the addition of Warhop does, in fact, indicate that Todd Monken will become the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars that would be a nice get. Monken has already interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs since Tampa’s season ended and is considered one of the top OCs on the market. His offensive attack lit the league on fire this year, averaging the third most yards per game in the NFL.
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