AP Sources: Jaguars hire Hackett to coach quarterbacks
The Jacksonville Jaguars are adding another former Buffalo Bills coach to their staff.
Nathaniel Hackett has been hired to become the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars have not announced the move.
He replaces Frank Scelfo, who will remain on Gus Bradley’s staff in another capacity
Hackett spent the past two seasons as Buffalo’s offensive coordinator. He follows his former Bills boss Doug Marrone, who was hired last week as the Jaguars assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
Marrone abruptly quit the Bills on Dec. 31 by exercising an opt-out clause in his contract.
Hackett was not retained by Rex Ryan, who replaced Marrone in Buffalo. Hackett had been a candidate to replace Brian Schottenheimer as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator before pulling his name out of the running on Wednesday.
He is the son of Paul Hackett, who had an extensive coaching background at both the NFL and college ranks.
Nathaniel Hackett previously worked as an assistant under Marrone at Syracuse.
In Jacksonville, he will be responsible for helping develop first-round draft pick Blake Bortles, who went 3-10 as a starter in his rookie season.
Bortles finished 33rd in the NFL with a 69.5 passer rating in 11 games. He threw 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, tied for the third-most in the league.
AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Jacksonville, Florida, contributed to this report.
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