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Jacksonville Jaguars Fans, Meet Your New and Improved Coaching Staff

February 9th, 2012 at 11:57 PM
By Michael Hall

Main Coaches

 

Head Coach: Mike Mularkey

Mularkey, who was responsible for developing Matt Ryan, brings years of coaching experience as well as a more stringent attitude towards coaching. Has two years of experience as a head coach with the Buffalo Bills, going 14-18. Sure, he's not a "sexy" hire, but he has a reputation for balanced offenses and quarterback development, which is good news for both Maurice Jones-Drew and for the young quarterback.  

Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach: Mel Tucker

Tucker was given complete control of the Jaguars defense in 2011 and the unit improved significantly as a whole, in spite of the rampant injuries. Under his tutelage, the secondary significantly improved from the previous season. Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis made strides in their coverage skills and Dwight Lowery,who was basically taken off of the Jets' final cuts list, has turned into a ballhawk of a free safety. 

Quarterbacks Coach/Assistant Head Coach: Greg Olsen

Worked with Drew Brees at Purdue and Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay and has 25 combined years of coaching experience. He probably has a pretty good grasp o teaching fundamentals, which is critical for Blaine Gabbert.

Offensive Coordinator: Bob Bratkowski

Spent 10 years as an offensive coordinator in Cincinnatti and has 35 combined years of coaching experience (Noticing a trend here?). He was the offensive coordinator at The U during their glory years and he has also worked with Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan. 

Special Teams Coordinator: John Bonamego

Bonamego has 26 years of coaching experience and was a special teams coach for the Jaguars from 1999-2002. Has worked with kicker Dan Carpenter of the Dolphins and Darren Sproles of the Saints. 

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Tom Myslinski

Played at guard for 9 years in the NFL for the likes of Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk , Emmitt Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Ernest Byner. He was also one of the original 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

Assistant/Position Coaches

 

Running Backs Coach: Sylvester Croom

A running guru with 36 years of coaching experience coaching Barry Sanders (during his legendary1998 season) and a bunch of other good running backs who still ultimately pale in comparison to Barry Sanders.

Tight Ends Coach: Bobby Johnson

Bobby Johnson has 17 years of coaching experience including a stint as an offensive line coach with the Indiana Hoosiers.Being a former offensive tackle, he will probably play a big role in helping the tight ends, namely Zach Miller, block.

Wide Receivers Coach: Jerry Sullivan

Sullivan is known as a coaching legend with a combined 40 years of coaching experience. It's the best news a Jaguar fan can probably hear, since this hire means that the receiving corps, which was severely lacking in almost every area in 2011, will improve significantly. Perhaps he can even help Marcedes Lewis with that drop problem as well…

 

Overall, this seems to be a very impressive group. Many of these coaches have over a decade's worth of experience at their crafts and many of the assistants have impressive resumés as well (Including the ones that I didn't list). From the top to the bottom, most of these guys have decades of experience as players and/or coaches. One can only hope that these guys can turn this team around from a pretender to a contender.

 

Tags: Blaine Gabbert, Bob Bratkowski, Football, Greg Olsen, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, John Bonamego, Marcedes Lewis, Mel Tucker, Mike Mularkey, NFL, Zach Miller

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