NFL: Jaguars fire OC John DeFilippo after 1 season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – 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 Jacksonville 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 regular-season 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 in Jacksonville.
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. Minnesota fired him in December 2018 after less than one year on the job. He landed in Jacksonville and was reunited with quarterback Nick Foles.
“Flip” was Foles’ quarterback coach in Philadelphia in 2017, the season in which the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Foles was the MVP of the title game.
They were supposed to help Jacksonville escape its seemingly annual spot near the bottom of the league in offense. But Foles broke his left collarbone on the team’s 11th play of the opener, missed the next eight games and was benched in early December.