The Jacksonville Jaguars confirmed the NFL rumors that offensive coordinator Greg Olson will be fired from the team. Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will temporarily assume the OC position for the 2016 season.
The Olson firing from Jacksonville was first reported by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport to confirm that the coach have ended his stint with the Jaguars since joining the team in 2015.
According to NFL rumors, Olson and head coach Gus Bradley were not in good terms. The specific report is that Bradley wanted more of the rushing game improved but it did not happen with Olson.
“Tough day…but regression offensively was the reason. [We] couldn’t find an identity in the run game, which significantly hurts Blakes strengths as a QB. [We] made great strides last year but didn’t follow up on the expectations. [We] would be easy to look for excuses and it hurts, but part of the responsibility of being an OC,” Olson stated to NFL.com.
Jaguars no reliable rushing under Olson
The Jaguars are 28th in the league in total rushing yards with 508 this season. They are also the worst team in the AFC South at 2-5 and could be eliminated from NFL postseason contention soon.
Bradley also commented on Olson’s firing and thanked his former offensive coordinator.
“Greg was a tremendous asset and always put all of his effort in doing everything he can to help in his players’ improvement. He did some great things with our offense over the past two seasons, and for that, we are very appreciative,” the team statement relayed.
“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.”