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Jaguars Retain Mel Tucker As Defensive Coordinator


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Jaguars lock in coordinator slots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have retained defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and hired Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski as offensive coordinator.

New coach Mike Mularkey made the hires late Thursday, his first personnel decisions since taking over Tuesday.

The Jaguars wanted to keep Tucker all along. He was interim coach after Jack Del Rio was fired in November and interviewed for the job. Tucker also interviewed to be Minnesota's defensive coordinator.

Jacksonville's defense flourished under Tucker last season, finishing sixth in the league despite several key injuries.

Bratkowski spent last year working with Mularkey in Atlanta. Before that, he spent 10 seasons as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator and got credit for helping mentor quarterback Carson Palmer. The Jaguars are looking to turn Blaine Gabbert into a franchise quarterback.

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This guy (Tucker) is a genius!

Look at all these players Jags lost due to injury this season:

56 Bosworth, Kyle LB 6-1 236 25 2 UCLA

97 Chick, John DE 6-3 248 29 1 Utah State

21 Cox, Derek CB 6-1 190 25 3 William & Mary

36 Greene, Courtney S 6-0 212 25 3 Rutgers

34 Heath, T.J. CB 6-0 179 24 R Jacksonville State

20 Issac, Rod DB 5-11 196 22 R Middle Tennessee State

74 Kampman, Aaron DE 6-4 260 32 10 Iowa

92 Lane, Austen DE 6-5 274 24 2 Murray State

27 Mathis, Rashean CB 6-1 193 31 9 Bethune-Cookman

29 Middleton, William CB 5-11 194 25 3 Furman

97 Morgan, Aaron DE 6-4 238 22 2 Louisiana-Monroe

42 Prosinski, Chris S 6-1 201 24 R Wyoming

55 Session, Clint LB 6-0 235 27 5 Pittsburgh

95 Smith, D’Anthony DT 6-2 298 23 2 Louisiana Tech

43 Whitehead, Terrell S 6-1 194 23 2 Norfolk State

And they finished near the top as 4-3 defense, despite all those superior 3-4 defenses around the league.

I would be thrilled if we had this guy.

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