JACKSONVILLE – (Wire Service Report) – Seeking a spark without dropping a match and starting over with a new head coach, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson on Saturday and promoted quarterbacks coach Nathanile Hackett to replace him. The moves came three days after a lopsided loss to the Tennessee Titans in which quarterback Blake Bortles appeared to further regress in the first half before putting up huge numbers against a soft defense in the second. Failure to consistently generate rushing yards has not helped.
Thursday night, owner Shad Khan said he was not making a change at head coach.
“Actions speak louder than words. Very little for me to say,” Khan told the newspaper moments after the loss to the Titans before saying Bradley would not be fired.
Bradley is 14-41 in his four seasons with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars’ embarrassing performance on Thursday night included a 27-0 halftime score — the Titans had 354 yards at that point to Jacksonville’s 60 — in which the players appeared to quit on their coach.
Jacksonville is averaging 72.6 rushing yards and 19.9 points per game, both ranking near the bottom of the league.
Bradley was asked after the game if he was worried about his job.
“No,” Bradley said. “I worry about this team and why did we perform like that in the first half, and figuring out, OK, how can we get it right?”
The Jaguars next will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Nov. 6.
Hackett is the son of former NFL coach Paul Hackett and previously spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills and two seasons before that was offensive coordinator at Syracuse.