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Jacksonville Jaguars Start to Fill Coaching Staff - This Is Sports Zone

Last week the Jacksonville Jaguars restructured their front office by hiring Tom Coughlin as their executive vice president of football operations and Doug Marrone as their head coach. This week they began the task of filling out Marrone’s coaching staff, as they hired former New York Giants back Tyrone Wheatley as running backs coach, former Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty for the same role, former Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell as secondary coach, former Denver Broncos special teams coordinator Joe DeCamilis for the same role, and retained Todd Wash as defensive coordinator. They also have interview the maligned Chip Kelly as offensive coordinator.

While Wheatley and Coughlin both have been with the Giants organization, it is Wheatley and Marrone who have the familiarity, as Wheatley served in the same capacity with Syracuse and Buffalo under the former Orangemen and Bills head coach. He has spent the last two seasons as the backs coach for Jim Harbaugh at his alma mater of Michigan, and was under consideration for a head coaching position at Western Michigan before joining the Jaguars staff. “I am excited to have Tyrone join our staff and work with our running backs,” Marrone said in a statement. “I have worked with him for five years and know the type of leader and teacher that he is. He is an exceptional coach and will bring out the best in his players. He brings a charisma, attitude and Super Bowl-playing experience to the staff that will be vital.”

Flaherty was one of Coughlin’s first hires when he took over as head coach of the Giants in 2004, and is one of the only coaches to stay for his entire run, which lasted until after the 2015 season. Last season, Flaherty served as the line coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Fewell is another Coughlin favorite, as he began his NFL coaching career as the defensive backs coach for the Jaguars from 1998-2002 during Coughlin’s stint as Jacksonville’s head coach. During his time, the Jaguars had the third best pass defense in 1999, and only gave up 13 touchdowns during the 2001 season. In 2010, Coughlin called on his once again, this time as defensive coordinator for the Giants after Sean Spagnolo left to coach the St. Louis Rams, and helped to win Super Bowl XLVI. He stayed in that position until after the 2014 season, and has served as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins for the last two seasons.

Wash was promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator last off-season. In his first year at the helm, Wash’s unit finished fifth in the league in passing defense and sixth in the NFL in total defense.

DeCamilis is considered one of the better special teams coaches in the NFL, and he’ll have his work cut out for him in Jacksonville. Last season the Jaguars special teams made critical mistakes which resulted in lost or cost points in 10 of their last 11 games, during which time the team went 1-10. The mistakes ranged from botched punts, dropped punts, fumbled punts, poor coverage which resulted in long returns for touchdowns, bad penalties, missed field goals, and missed extra points. DeCamilis was a part of the Broncos team which won Super Bowl 50, and the special teams were a large part of the run that led them there.

Kelly had interviewed for the head coach position, but did not get the job, just like the new EVP, Tom Coughlin. While Kelly’s NFL head coaching career has largely been a bust, especially the last two years, he did help Colin Kaepernick improve his overall play, and might be able to help young quarterback Blake Bortles reach his full potential after taking a giant step back this past season. This could make uncertain the status of Nathaniel Hackett, who served as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator for the final nine games of the 2016 season after Greg Olson was fired, and who remains under contract with the Jaguars through the 2017 season. Hackett was Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone’s offensive coordinator for two seasons in Buffalo (2013-14) before joining the Jaguars staff in 2015 as quarterbacks coach.

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