Friday, August 17, 2018
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Jaguars dump leader of offense

JACKSONVILLE — The 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. "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, the Bucs' offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011, was escorted out of EverBank Field during pregame ceremonies for the Florida-Georgia game.

"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."

Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will take over play-calling duties next week at Kansas City, the team said.

Jacksonville ranks 25th in the league in total offense, averaging about 330 yards a game. Much of that has come late in games and with the team trailing by double digits.

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