Position coaches don’t get the big hullabaloo that coordinators and head coaches do, yet they can be some of the most influential people in shaping an athlete. Some of them, like the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Greg Olson, make the jump up to coordinators. Some of them never get much further than their specific position group. Yet everyone starts somewhere. If you’re like Jerry Sullivan you may spend almost your entire career as a position coach and make a name for yourself as a very good specialist.
Sullivan (wide receivers) and linebackers coach Mark Duffner were retained by the Jaguars earlier this week. Now, with other coaches leaving the Jags, they have added three others.
DeWayne Walker has been hired to replace Tony Oden as the secondary coach for the Jags. Walker has most recently served as the head coach at New Mexico State where he struggled to put together a winning program. Walker has been the defensive coordinator for UCLA before that and the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and New England Patriots among other college programs.
To replace Olson (Oakland’s new OC) the Jaguars have brought in Frank Scelfo. Scelfo was a high school quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for years before moving up to join the staff at Tulane. There he moved from tight ends to the quarterback coach position and offensive coordinator. Most recently he coached the University of Arizona Wildcats at the quarterback position. He brings years and years of experience at a lower level to the Jaguars, but is unproven in the big leagues.
New offensive line coach George Yarno has been brought in to replace Andy Heck (Kansas City Chiefs). Yarno was an NFL guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Oilers before turning to coaching. He has been doing offensive line work since 1991 and has worked with the Bucs and Detroit Lions in the NFL at offensive line. He is coming over to the Jaguars after being with the Lions since 2009.
As the staff continues to be filled out, we’ll be sure to keep reporting about which coaches will be coming to the Jags. So far it looks like a mix of proven and less proven guys, but that doesn’t mean that the talent is not necessarily there for those who are joining the Jags’ ranks.
- Luke N. Sims
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