New Edmonton Eskimos head coach Scott Milanovich got out of Jacksonville while the gettin’ was good.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday, according to sources, expect the Jaguars to make significant changes after the regular season ends.
League sources told ESPN that significant changes are expected for Jacksonville after the regular season; the question is how extensive those changes will be.
At the top of the Jaguars’ organizational chart are head coach Doug Marrone, executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell. Outside of Jaguars ownership, no one knows how many of these men will be affected by the changes, but this is the group on which the attention is focused.
Some sources around the league believe that it will be challenging for Marrone to keep his job, and others think Coughlin could step aside to spend more time with his family.
The Jaguars (4-9) have lost five straight games to fall into last place in the AFC South. They have lost 19 of their past 25 games — 11 of those by double digits — under Marrone and are the first NFL team since the 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to lose five consecutive contests by at least 17 points.
After Milanovich resigned from the Toronto Argonauts in January 2017, he immediately joined Jacksonville as quarterbacks coach. The Jags made it to the AFC Championship game, but lost a close contest to the New England Patriots that season. Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was efficient under Milanovich, completing 60.2 percent of his attempts for 3,687 yards with 21 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.
Head coach Doug Marrone relieved Nathaniel Hackett of play-calling duties in November 2018, which allowed Milanovich to take over on an interim basis. The position was opened up to all candidates in the off-season and Marrone selected John DeFilippo to be the permanent offensive coordinator.
DeFilippo’s connection to Nick Foles led to the quarterback signing a four-year, $88 million deal — including $50 million guaranteed — with the Jaguars. Foles broke his collarbone in Week 1, which put him on injured reserve. Rookie QB Gardner Minshew stepped into the starting role and performed beyond expectations. Minshew was ready due in part to working and learning from Milanovich.
Like the former quarterback he is, Milanovich recognized what was going to happen in Jacksonville and made the right read to move to Edmonton.