Former Ilinois and Florida head football coach Ron Zook, who interviewed for the Jaguars’ special teams coordinator position, said the timing wasn’t right for him to return to coaching and he will likely take a break during the 2012 season. "There’s no question, [the Jaguars] will be successful in my mind," Zook told the Times-Union Friday.
Two names that drew notice during the Jaguars’ assistant coach interview process didn’t make the team’s coaching roster, but on Friday, the roster became closer to full. Four assistant coaches signed contracts with the Jaguars: Jerry Sullivan (receivers), John Bonemego (special teams coordinator), Sylvester Croom (running backs) and Bobby Johnson (tight ends).
New offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski suggested Friday the Jaguars might bring in an experienced quarterback as a backup to help mentor Blaine Gabbert, who struggled in his rookie season. "It’s always great to have a veteran quarterback around him, and I’m not sure where we’re at with that at this point," Bratkowski said.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in desperate need of a quarterbacks coach, and now they have one: Greg Olson. Olson has been hired by new Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, who gave Olson the title of both quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. Olson was the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator for the last three years and the Bucs’ quarterbacks coach for a year before that, and he has also served as offensive coordinator in Detroit and St. Louis.
So far, Mark Duffner said he has felt a lot of positives about the new Jaguars coaching staff. That became even more true Friday morning. Sylvester Croom, the head coach at Mississippi State from 2004-2008 and the St. Louis Rams’ running backs coach the past three seasons, officially joined Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey’s coach staff as running backs coach on Friday morning.