According to a report from NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Jaguars are expected to hire Seattle Seahawks secondary coach Nick Sorensen as its new special teams coordinator. This comes just days after Brian Schneider reportedly left the team due to personal reasons.
The Jaguars have fully supported Schneider’s decision to leave the team.
The #Jaguars are expected to hire a familiar face to run special teams: their former special teams captain Nick Sorensen, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 28, 2021
Sorensen spent the past 8 years as a defensive assistant in Seattle and can run the system installed by Brian Schneider, who left the team.
Sorensen has been with Seattle since 2013 working as a special teams assistant and most recently as a secondary coach for the team.
A former NFL safety, Sorensen spent 11 years in the NFL, including three years with the Jaguars from 2003 to 2006. He primarily aced at special teams but accumulated 129 tackles, a half-sack and two pass deflections in his career. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2001 with the Miami Dolphins.
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has always been heavily involved in special teams throughout his college career, placing an emphasis on the unit. Hiring Sorensen wouldn’t be much of a surprise as he’s already had plenty of knowledge within the system Jacksonville was set to implement with Schneider.
The Jaguars will move forward now, potentially with Sorensen leading the charge. Carlos Polk joined the Jaguars as the team’s special teams assistant and it’s likely he will remain with the team in that role.
Jacksonville has had one of the best special teams units in kicking and punting throughout the league with placekicker Josh Lambo and punter Logan Cooke, who recently signed a long-term extension with the team earlier this year.