Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Explains Hiring of New Defensive Coordinator

todayJanuary 30, 2024


Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Explains Hiring of New Defensive Coordinator


Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson has moved to bring in a new defensive coordinator after seeing his team see out the regular season with a loss to the Tennessee Titans that cost the EverBank Stadium side a spot in the playoffs.


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The Jaguars were coasting through the regular season after they edged out the Houston Texans 24-21 in NFL Game Week 12, with Pederson’s side sitting at a comfortable 8-3 at that point. However, Jacksonville then hit a horrendous run of form that saw them lose five of their next six games.


Their 9-8 record matched that of 2022, albeit in the previous season that secured the top spot in the AFC South, but in 2023 left them in second place and without postseason action to enjoy.


The move to bring in Ryan Nielsen as defensive coordinator is one that Pederson will hope steadies the ship, the head coach stating of the appointment,


“We’re excited to welcome Ryan and have him lead our defense moving forward,”


“Ryan is an outstanding football coach and his defenses with the Falcons and Saints were always fundamentally sound in both their physicality and concepts.”


“He has the rare ability to both teach and connect with his players. He builds lasting, two-way relationships predicated on trust. He establishes accountability, first from himself, then the players,”


“What I’ve most admired about Ryan’s defenses — and we saw this in London back in October — was their shared intensity and enthusiasm to get the job done and impact the game.” Pederson added.


Meanwhile, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke has moved to quash talk of a falling out between himself and coach Pederson,


“A lot of what’s written, a lot of the narratives out there are just false,”


“Plain and simple, false narratives.”


“When you go through tough times, you find out a lot about a lot of people,”


“The season didn’t end the way we wanted it to. We had some strong conversations throughout the year [about] where things were at and where things were trending. Great communication, great collaboration and really respect him and everything that he does.” Baalke commented.


While the manner in which the Jaguars fell apart would have been a concern, it is worth noting that Pederson has already achieved a great deal over the course of his two seasons in charge.


The 55-year-old has led the Jaguars to two successive winning records in regular seasons; that’s the first time Jacksonville has achieved that since 2004 & 2005 during Jack Del Rio’s eight-season stint in charge.


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