Sports For years under former owner Wayne Weaver, Jacksonville Jaguars fans were conditioned to accept the status quo. For that, Jaguars fans were rewarded with a decade that was mired by mediocrity that largely went unchecked by Weaver as he kept guys like Jack Del Rio and Gene Smith around for longer than he should have. New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is not content with the status quo and Jaguars fans got a glimpse into what the future of this franchise holds in Tuesday’s "State of the Franchise" press conference.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley finalized his 18-man coaching staff Thursday when the team announced the hiring of four assistants from the college ranks. The addition of the four new assistants had been previously reported, but not announced by the Jaguars. They are running back coach Terry Richardson from the University of Miami, tight end coach Ron Middleton from Duke, assistant special teams coach Matthew Smiley from Charleston Southern, and assistant defensive backfield coach Mike Rutenberg from New Mexico State.
4. Deep into evaluation. We begin this post-State of the Jaguars 2013 edition of Fab Four by talking about where the Jaguars’ coaches and front office are as of Thursday – that is, deep into roster evaluation. General Manager David Caldwell at this stage is a bit deeper into the process than Head Coach Gus Bradley, with Caldwell having begun the process immediately after the Senior Bowl as Bradley finalized the coaching staff. "I’ve gone through some of the positions," Bradley said following Tuesday’s State of the Jaguars 2013 press conference. "We’ll finalize that hopefully this week and have a chance to sit down with Dave and kind of give him our thoughts and our views on some things." The first meeting between the personnel department and coaching staff is expected Thursday, though Caldwell said coaches and personnel officials have been in the building for a couple weeks, talking back and forth. "It’s not all the coaches in at one time," Caldwell said.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley finalized his coaching staff today with the addition of Ron Middleton (tight ends, assistant special teams), Terry Richardson (running backs), Matthew Smiley (assistant special teams) and Mike Rutenberg (assistant defensive backs). Length and terms of the contracts are undisclosed. A 10-year NFL veteran as a player, Middleton spent the last five seasons (2008-12) at Duke, serving as associate head coach and special teams coordinator while also coaching the tight ends. Prior to joining the Blue Devils, Middleton spent one season (2007) on the staff at Alabama where he coached the tight ends and the special teams units.