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Joe Cullen resurfaces in Jacksonville

Former Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen is best known (maybe the word is “notorious”) for a pair of 2006 arrests — one for driving drunk but clothed and the other for driving sober but naked.

On Wednesday, Frank Frangie of 1010XL in Jacksonville reported that the Jaguars will be hiring Cullen, who worked in 2009 as an assistant coach with Idaho State.

Paul Kukarsky of ESPN.com reports that Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver recommending that Cullen be given another chance.

“Joe paid a heavy price, and rightly so,” Goodell wrote.  “But to his credit,
throughout this process he has always accepted responsibility and has
willingly embraced the result as an opportunity to become a better
person and role model.  Not only has he fully complied with the
obligations that were imposed on him, but he has undertaken several
others on his own. . . .

“Having had the benefit of several
conversations with him as well as reports from a number of sources, I
think he is an example of our primary objective under the policy — to
provide assistance and support that ultimately rebuild reputations and
extend careers.  I have little doubt that he will continue to progress
and will represent the Jaguars in a positive manner.”

Coincidentally, the Jaguars recently parted ways with another controversial name on the NFL coaching tree — Mike Tice, who admittedly scalped Super Bowl tickets and who served as head coach of the Vikings during the infamous Love Boat scandal.  Tice is the new offensive line coach in Chicago.

In Jacksonville, it’s unclear whether Cullen would displace defensive line coach Ted Monachino, or whether Cullen would occupy some other position on the staff.

A native of Massachusetts, the 42-year-old Cullen coached at various colleges before joining the Lions in 2006.  He was fired along with coach Rod Marinelli and others (except for the front-office guys who got promotions) after Detroit’s disastrous 0-16 season. 

And maybe that’s the best news for Cullen.  With all the focus on whether he’s a potential menace to the folks in Jacksonville, no one is paying much attention to the question of whether his role in one of the worst teams in NFL history disqualifies him from ever having another job at the pro level.

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13 Responses to “Joe Cullen resurfaces in Jacksonville”
  1. dillon74 says: Jan 21, 2010 10:58 AM

    Perhaps Al Davis should have interviewed him for the Raiders head coaching position. He would be a great fit in Oaklsnd.

  2. JAG880 says: Jan 21, 2010 11:10 AM

    Even the 0-16 Lions had three times as many sacks as the ’09 Jaguars. Cullen is probably an upgrade over Monachino. On the other hand, a ham sandwich would be an upgrade over Monanchino.

  3. bluelion says: Jan 21, 2010 11:12 AM

    For all the parents in Jacksonville:
    If you have a son or daughter that works at a fast-food drive-thru window, you’d be best to advise them to keep eyes focused above customer’s necks.
    Just as child molester’s are generally required to list with local agencies so that neighbors can be fore-warned when one of these scumbags moves to the neighborhood, Mr. Cullen should be required to drive a car with a window warning sign: ‘Danger – drunken nuts onboard: view at your own risk’

  4. Jim Naizeeum says: Jan 21, 2010 12:12 PM

    The press conference was held in the stadium parking lot, curiously Joe Cullen never got out of his car.

  5. Seeryer says: Jan 21, 2010 12:27 PM

    Del Rio hires another great assistant. What a joke. The best upgrade the Jags could find at the DL position is to go get an embarassing drunk as their coach? Come on Jags. This is a typical assistnat hire in the Del Rio era. Two years and be gone.

  6. Action Dan says: Jan 21, 2010 12:33 PM

    Lookin’ like Joe Cullen, with your pants on the ground…

  7. TealDeal says: Jan 21, 2010 12:38 PM

    Lookin like a fool with ya pants in tha floorboard!
    I hope he helps increase our “sack” totals.

  8. No-Neck says: Jan 21, 2010 12:41 PM

    The guy was a drunk and I heard he’s been two years sober. I’m sure some of you guys out there have done far worse during your college binge drinking days. If the NFL is going to give guys like Vick and Little second chances, why not this guy?

  9. hizzle1281 says: Jan 21, 2010 1:01 PM

    is Derrick Harvey the biggest bust in history or what?

  10. CG_2010 says: Jan 21, 2010 1:05 PM

    Joe has been a friend of my family for a very long time. He has been sober for 2 years, very proud of him for getting this job. We believe he will be successful

  11. spartyfi says: Jan 21, 2010 1:44 PM

    when he’s at your family’s house, does he sit on the couch with his pants off? Seriously though, to another poster’s point…shouldn’t he be on a registered sex offenders list for his “transgression”? Do you know peeing in public can land you on that list? So if that’s the case, why wouldn’t what he did?
    N0-Neck: And yes, during college binge drinking years, not as a grown adult with responsibilities.

  12. Seeryer says: Jan 21, 2010 2:26 PM

    No-Neck,
    Never caught naked in a Drive Thru, not even in college. What says a guy deserves to get a job leading men since he has been sober two years?

  13. ToledoLions says: Jan 22, 2010 12:50 AM

    a) That dude is a peice of shit sex offender drunk.
    b) That dude is probably the worst coach besides Marinelli and his retard son-in-law I’ve ever seen. Everybody who was on that 2008 Detroit Lions coaching staff should be exiled from the NFL. That includes that gigantic P.O.S Millen.
    We finally got rid of Stan Kwan who was on that staff and now there is only one left to dump. That garbage WR coach Shawn Jefferson.

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