According to a report from The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec, the Jaguars are set to hire yet another Baltimore Ravens defensive assistant.
This time, according to Zrebiec, the Jaguars will be hiring Ravens assistant defensive line coach Sterling Lucas. The Jaguars are also expected to hire Baltimore’s defensive line coach Joe Cullen to replace Todd Wash as the team’s defensive coordinator.
It is not yet clear what role Lucas will have with the Jaguars’ staff, though it can be assumed he will work closely with Cullen as he has done in the past on the defensive side of the football.
Sterling Lucas, a Ravens defensive assistant for past five seasons and the assistant defensive line coach in 2020, is expected to follow Joe Cullen to Jacksonville. Lucas will be the Ravens’ fourth defensive assistant to depart this offseason.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) January 23, 2021
Lucas spent the 2020 season as the Ravens’ assistant defensive line coach while spending the previous two seasons as the team’s defensive quality control coach. He began his stint with the Ravens in 2016 as a staff assistant after spending multiple years as a defensive graduate assistant at North Carolina State.
Besides head coach Urban Meyer, no other coaching moves have been officially announced by the Jaguars, however, reports continue to pour in as Meyer continues to build his staff.
On Thursday, the Jaguars officially hired its general manager in Trent Baalke. During the press conference, Meyer was asked about the team’s potential coaches, however, the head coach would not divulge any information, opting to wait until the full staff has been filled to make an announcement or statement of any kind.
“Yeah, next week I’d like to—we’ll give a deep dive into what’s taken place because there’s been no finality to where were at as a coaching staff,” said Meyer. “So I’d like to hold on that until next week, because there’s been nothing set in stone yet.”
Meyer’s plan has always been to focus on the coaching staff before anything else surrounding the team, wanting to surround himself with an “elite” staff in his first year in the professional league.
“First of all, I’ve got to get a great staff, not a good staff, a great staff. And when people are recommended, I’ve had a multitude of people calling and my comment is to save the recommendation unless you feel that person is elite in all areas,” Meyer said at his introductory press conference two weeks ago.
“Because that’s what Jacksonville deserves and that’s what we’re going to have on our staff. But the players and putting together a team that—they want to win, I know that.”