Jaguars clear out most of their defensive coaching staff

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The Jaguars made changes at the top of the organization on Monday by installing Tom Coughlin as their executive vice president of football operations and Doug Marrone as the head coach.

They spent their first day on the job clearing out much of the coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball. Todd Wash will remain as defensive coordinator and defensive assistant Mike Rutenberg has been retained, but many of the coaches working under him have been relieved of their duties.

According to multiple reports, defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker, linebackers coach Robert Saleh, assistant defensive backs coach Daniel Bullocks, assistant linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton and assistant defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton have been dismissed. Michael DiRocco of ESPN adds that defensive quality control coach Dan Shamash and defensive assistant Monte Kiffin are also leaving the team.

The Jaguars finished sixth in yards allowed and 25th in points allowed during the 2016 season, which represented their highest marks in both categories since 2011.

17 responses to “Jaguars clear out most of their defensive coaching staff

  1. Will Marrone be OK having to report to Coughlin?
    Did he accept the coaching job thinking he would be in total control?

  2. mackcarrington says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:37 PM
    Will Marrone be OK having to report to Coughlin?
    Did he accept the coaching job thinking he would be in total control?

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    I’m sure it was probably discussed in the 10 hours worth of meeting during their interview of Marrone last week

  3. I’m sure it was probably discussed in the 10 hours worth of meeting during their interview of Marrone last week
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    What makes you so “sure”? Were you in those meetings? Do you know anyone who was in those meetings?

  4. When the season ends, There’s always talk about how many head coaches will be fired from the 20 teams that didn’t make the playoffs. It’s usually 5 or 6 head coaches that are fired every year.The people most effected by a head coaching change are all the assistants. There are so many assistant coaches right now that are in limbo. Guys who are listed on current staffs that will be out of a job once a new GM/head coach takes over. Assistants are losing jobs even if the head coach has been retained. See The Jets, Browns etc…The loss of jobs extends to a lesser extent to the scouting departments. New GM’s want their own group of scouts, though often times they wait a year before doing a complete rehaul. Right now if you are a receivers coach on the Rams. You have no clue who is going to be your boss as HC, if they will retain you and where you will end up provided that you can find another job.

  5. Hard to understand taking a look at the D and deciding to keep the DC, who is a Gus/Quinn schemed coach and then can everyone that worked for the man save one employee. Either the D was good or it wasn’t. Now, Wash has to find an entire staff. I don’t get it. If there were a couple of replacements, maybe they’d be getting rid of guys that didn’t fit. But to can everyone but the head? Just odd from an organizational perspective.

  6. Cleared out… except for the defensive coordinator hahaha. The Jaguars are hopeless.

  7. It’s critical to success that you completely git rid of every football related employee inside the building when you’ve made a decision to go another direction. All the players, because they didn’t play well. all the coaches, they didn’t coach well.

    Completely dismantle everything. that is the ONLY way to do it.

  8. I guess they didn’t arrive to the meeting 5 minutes early.. geez.. don’t these coaches watch TV???

    That’s what Brandon Marshall should lobby for: Allowing coaches to watch him on TV more!

  9. I think everybody, including the media is missing the connection between Coughlin and Marrone . Both played at Syracuse and Marrone was the head coach there. Also, both are hard nosed, no nonsense of guys.

  10. dadsource says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:40 PM
    So they changed the motor out on the car but left in the busted driveshaft and brakes?

    No, Bortles is still qb lol

  11. Not a Jags fan but I’m a huge NFL fan, and this team is SO close to being really good. The front offices changes should help, but at the end of the day it all comes down to Bortles. He really could be Brett Favre version 2.0. Favre was a bust in Atlanta and it took a trade to GB for him to get his head straight. Bortles is at the same crossroads. Will be interesting to see what happens next.

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