As reported by Tania Ganguli of the Florida Time-Union, Keenan McCardell has interviewed with the Jaguars for the open position of Wide Receiver Coach. Mike Mularkey plans on having his entire staff filled by the January 28th Senior Bowl, an important annual scouting event, so a hiring may be imminent. Keenan was the WR coach for the Washington Redskins last year, but was told he would not be brought back.
Washington managed to finish in the top half of the league in passing offense, which is somewhat of a feat considering Rex Grossman and John Beck were the quarterbacks this year and top targets Santana Moss and Chris Cooley missed a combined 15 games. Jabar Gaffney rose into the #1 receiver role and finished with 68 catches, 987 yards, and 5 TD’s, all career-highs in his age 31 season.
McCardell is regarded as the best route-runner the Jaguars have ever rostered at the position (except for Matt Jones…) and was truly dedicated to the development of his craft, proven by his ascension from 12th round draft pick (there used to be more than seven rounds, nubiles) to a top 10 to top 15 receiver in the NFL during his prime. Many have said he has the perfect demeanor and communication skills to make an NFL coach. I know many people in Jacksonville would love to see #87 on the sidelines again, especially if he can teach some of these young passcatchers how to get open and hold onto the football. Blaine Gabbert sure would.