With the Jacksonville Jaguars' hiring of former Atlanta Falcons DC Ryan Neilsen now confirmed, the Jaguars look to fill the remainder of its executive office. In total, at least 10 Jacksonville former coaching staff members will need replacing for the coming season.
Def Coordinator - Mike Caldwell
Safeties Coach - Cody Grimm
Def Quality Control Coach - Tee Mitchell
Senior Defensive Asst - Bob Sutton
CB Coach - Deshea Townsend
DL Coach Brentson Buckner
Def Quality Control Coach - Sean Cullina
ILB Coach - Tony Gilbert
Asst OL Coach - Todd Washington
RB Coach - Bernie Parmalee
With the majority of the defensive staff being relieved of their role and the additional loss of two coaches on the offensive side, the Jaguars have multiple major holes in need of filling to round out their staff before the coming 2024 NFL Draft and NFL Combine seasons.
Potential Current Open Roles: (Updated)
Offensive Passing Game Coordinator
Asst O-Line Coach
Sr Defensive Asst
Defensive Quality Control Asst (two)
- N/A -TBD
- N/A -TBD
- Jerry Mack - Running Backs Coach- University of Tennessee Volunteers
The Jacksonville #Jaguars are set to hire University of Tennessee’s Jerry Mack as their new running backs coach, sources tell @247sports.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 12, 2024
Helped Tennessee rank No. 1 in rushing last season. Was previously the OC at Rice and a head coach at North Carolina Central.… pic.twitter.com/xp6jAL4jOJ
With experience as an offensive coordinator and most recently the running back coach for one of the top rushing teams in college football, the hiring of Jerry Mack looks to be an extremely good snag on the surface. At Tennessee, he helped to develop 2024 draft prospect Jaylen Wright, who has a similar frame and style as Travis Etienne. Wright, who averaged 7.4 yards per carry, was Tennesee's first 1,000-yard rusher since Jalen Hurd in 2015 and he accomplished this despite splitting carries with backs Jabari Small and Dylan Sampson.
- Dave Huxtable - Former Def Assistant- Atlanta Falcons (unknown Jaguars role)
I’m told Dave Huxtable will be joining the Jaguars staff. He was a Senior defensive assistant in Atlanta.— Rick Ballou (@Ballou1010xl) January 23, 2024
Huxtable worked with Nielsen from 2013 to 2016, before working with him in Atlanta. Nielsen was Huxable's DL coach at NC State. A coach since 1982, he has been a DC at NC State, UCF, Pitt, UNC, GT, & Western Kentucky. While his specific role is currently unknown, DL coach would be a solid guess.
- Matt House- Former DC- LSU Tigers (hired as Jaguars LB Coach)
The #Jaguars are hiring Matt House as linebackers coach, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 24, 2024
House is highly regarded around the league, having been the #Chiefs LBs coach from 2019-2021. He was most recently LSU’s DC the past two seasons as well, helping the Tigers post back-to-back 10-win seasons.
For the past two seasons, House has led the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers defense as their DC. After an impressive first season for his defense, he was recently relieved of his role, amid other staff changes three weeks ago at LSU. However, House has extensive NFL and college coaching experience at multiple stops. As mentioned above, he was the LB coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2019-2021. Additionally, he was the DC for Josh Allen's Kentucky Blue Devils from 2017-2018.
- Kris Richard - Former Co-defensive coordinator and DB Coach- New Orleans Saints (unknown Jaguars role)
A reunion in Jacksonville as #Jaguars are hiring Kris Richard to work with new defensive coordinator and former #Saints colleague Ryan Nielsen, per a league source @KPRC2 Richard is a highly experienced defensive coach, a former #Saints co-defensive coordinator and secondary…— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 26, 2024
While Richard's specific role has not been confirmed to date, an educated guess would be somewhere within the secondary (IE: DB Coach) and potentially the defensive passing game coordinator, as a former DB, and multiple successful stops as a DB coach. Richard was last with Nielsen in New Orleans from 2021 to 2022 as a DBs coach and co-DC. He also was the Seattle Seahawks DC from 2015 to 2017.
- Cory Robinson - Former Analyst - Tennessee Volunteers (hired as a Jaguars CB Coach)
In addition to Kris Richard hire, the #Jaguars are also hiring Cory Robinson, @Vol_Football analyst, as a cornerbacks coach. Like Richard, Robinson is a former #Saints defensive assistant who worked previously with #Jaguars defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen. Now, all three…— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 26, 2024
Robinson has over a decade of coaching experience in both college and the NFL. He was a former defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints from 2020 - 2022, before heading to Tennessee.
- Jeremy Garrett - Former DL Coach- Auburn Tigers (hired as a Jaguars DL Coach)
The Jacksonville #Jaguars are expected to hire Auburn’s Jeremy Garrett as defensive line coach, sources tell @247sports.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 2, 2024
The former Ole Miss defensive lineman is a highly regarded up-and-coming coach and previously worked in the NFL as an assistant DL coach with the Browns.… pic.twitter.com/GnHeTgYzTu
Garrett previously worked as an assistant defensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
TLDR: This Jaguars defense quite possibly may resemble the New Orleans Saints, huh?