Mel Tucker had a whirlwind courtship with his wife, Jo-Ellyn. She was a Rutgers law school graduate and was set up on a blind date with Tucker by her roommate, who was a classmate of his at the University of Wisconsin.
A new era begins for the Jaguars on Monday night. But in this time of change, there remains one constant. Now more than ever, Jaguars fans will have to buy enough tickets to fill the stadium.
Following a tumultuous week that featured the pending sale of the team, the firing of the head coach and a three-year extension for the general manager, the Jaguars will exhale Monday night. They will catch their breath and play in prime time against the San Diego Chargers at EverBank Field.
What a week for Jacksonville! Jack Del Rio was fired. Gene Smith was extended. Owner Wayne Weaver announced the sale of the team to St. Louis businessman Shahid Khan. Receivers coach Johnny Cox was fired. Quarterback coach Mike Sheppard was moved to receivers coach in Cox’s place. Dirk Koetter added quarterbacks coach to his responsibilities. Monday Night Football at "the Bank". If you’re a Jaguars fan that felt like the team had been ignored by the national media, this was a great week…or wasn’t.
In at least one sense, things didn’t change much around the Jaguars this week. The Jaguars, after a disappointing start to the season, had perhaps the most eventful week in the history of the franchise, eventful enough that the firing of their head coach wasn’t even the week’s biggest news.
Mel Tucker will make his debut as Jaguars interim coach Monday night when the Jaguars play host to the San Diego Chargers. jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser sat down with Tucker this weekend to discuss his NFL head coaching debut.