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Jaguars hire Brian Schottenheimer as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach

The Jaguars and head coach Urban Meyer have begun to wrap up its staff hires.

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According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reached an agreement with former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to take on the roles of passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Jacksonville staff.

The news comes just a week or so following the reports that former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be taking on the same role with the Jaguars. Now, Schottenheimer appears to have had his hat thrown in to help delegate the responsibilities.

The Jaguars are reportedly now set to hire four former members of the Seahawks coaching staff in Bevell, Schottenheimer, special teams coach Brian Schneider, and receivers coach Sanjay Lal (formerly a senior assistant with the Seahawks).

Schottenheimer, 47, most recently was the Seahawks offensive coordinator from 2018-20. This year, the Seahawks were one of the best offenses in the NFC, at least for some time. In 2018, the Seahawks fielded the top running game in the NFL.

Schottenheimer was fired by the Seahawks following the team’s Wild Card loss to the Los Angeles Rams due to “philosophical differences.” While the offense did struggle near the end of the season, the Seahawks still finished with a franchise record for points in a season with 459.

Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson also enjoyed his best statistical year, throwing for 4,212 yards (second-most in his career), 40 touchdowns (most) and just 13 interceptions.

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Schottenheimer had stints with the Indianapolis Colts as its quarterbacks coach (2016-17), Georgia (2015) as the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The St. Louis Rams (OC, 2012-14), New York Jets (OC, 2006-11), and several other stops prior.

Schottenheimer first entered the NFL as a coach in 1997 as an “assistant” for the St. Louis Rams.

Typically, a passing-game coordinator focuses on redzone, third downs and other passing-down situations. It is not yet known which of the two will be calling the plays, though it is likely Bevell to take those duties with Schottenheimer serving as a supplemental pice to the offenses’ success.

Meyer has stated already that he will not be calling the plays for the Jaguars, allowing the team’s collective coaches to handle such responsibilities.

“I’m not going to be the play caller,” Meyer said at his introductory press conference earlier this month.

“I’ve been very active in playcalling throughout my career on offense and kicking game. On defense, I’m not. I’m going to hire the best defensive coaches. I think something I’ve done halfway decent is I know what it’s supposed to look like and feel like and the fundamentals, but schematically the NFL is different. The one thing about offensive football is you find weaknesses.”

It appears Schottenheimer will be one of the many chefs in the Jaguars’ kitchen to bring the team success this season.