Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jauron's resume as a defensive coordinator

How has Dick Jauron performed in the past as a defensive coordinator? The numbers aren't too impressive.

Jauron's resume as a defensive coordinator

Dick Jauron is one of the candidates being mentioned as the Eagles' next defensive coordinator, so I thought I'd take a look at his past performance in that role.

Jauron was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator for four seasons (1995-98) when the franchise came into the league. In 2004, he served the same role with the Detroit Lions. Jauron was the defensive coordinator there for much of the 2005 season also, but he then took over as interim head coach so I didn't include that year in the numbers below.

Let's start with overall defense. The numbers in the chart are where his defenses ranked league-wide. The last column, however, is just total takeaways:


YPG
PPG
YPP
3rd down
Takeaways
1995
21st
28th
23rd
29th
24
1996
15th
19th
21st
29th
27
1997
23rd
15th
21st
30th
29
1998
25th
17th
23rd
11th
30
2004
22nd
18th
10th
28th
24


What stands out? Well, Jauron's defenses were not very good. They finished in the top half of the league in total defense (yards per game) just once, and the same can be said for scoring defense. Not once in five seasons did Jauron's defenses finish in the top 10 in either category.

His teams were horrible on third down (except for '98) and mediocre in terms of forcing turnovers.

Here's a look at the pass defenses:


YPG
YPA
TDs allowed
Sacks
INTs
QB Rating
1995
17th
20th
25th
30th
25th
27th
1996
16th
20th
21st
10th
23rd
21st
1997
24th
25th
22nd
6th
18th
26th
1998
23rd
8th
17th
27th
21st
19th
2004
20th
21st
7th
17th
17th
18th
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What are we to make of these numbers? Not much. Jauron's defenses against the pass were consistently mediocre.

Not once in five seasons did his teams finish in the top half of the league in pass defense (yards allowed per game). They never finished in the top half in interceptions either, and the sack numbers were up and down. Maybe the best measure here is opponents' quarterback rating. Jauron's defenses never finished among the top 15 in that category.

And finally, the rush defense:


YPG
YPC
1995
24th
17th
1996
19th
21st
1997
13th
9th
1998
22nd
26th
2004
15th
8th


Same story here. Jauron's teams never finished in the top 10 in rush defense, although the yards per carry number was good in a couple of those seasons - 1997 and 2004.

You know the whole personnel issue that keeps coming up when we discuss the last two years under McDermott? That's worth mentioning here also. Not a single defensive player made the Pro Bowl during Jauron's four years as the Jaguars' coordinator. You can look at that in one of two ways: Either Jauron was given no talent to work with, or he didn't do a good job of maximizing the talent that he had. Those weren't terrible Jaguars teams though. In fact, they finished above .500 and made the playoffs in three of Jauron's four seasons there.

The point of this is not to rip Jauron or his credentials. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and has certainly had some success. In 2001, he was named the AP Coach of the Year as Jauron led the Bears to a 13-3 record. That season, Chicago led the league in scoring defense. However, that was Jauron's only winning season as a head coach.

What the stats above show is that Jauron's defenses haven't really had any consistent characteristics, nothing for him to really hang his hat on - at least nothing that can be measured. He's reportedly currently interviewing with the Browns, and the numbers suggest that wherever Jauron ends up, he'll likely try to adapt to the personnel, rather than impose a specific system.

Earlier Tuesday, I posted on Jeremiah Trotter saying McDermott wasn't ready to become a defensive coordinator when the Eagles decided to put him in that role.


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