A State of Flux: Jacksonville's Coaching Staff

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A State of Flux: Jacksonville's Coaching Staff

When you think about the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff, the word "stability" doesn't immediately come to mind.

Sure, Head Coach Jack Del Rio has been at the helm for the last six years and is only the second coach in team history. But the former NFL linebacker has taken turns being on and off the hot seat in the past four years.

Perhaps Del Rio's "big chair" has never been warmer than it is this year. The team languished through a 5-11 season that included a great deal of turmoil in the locker room.

The losing season, just his second in six years, couldn't have come at a worse time. With the economy in shambles and an already lukewarm fan base, the Jaguars are in the midst of a perfect storm that is keeping ticket sales at a standstill.

The bottom line is Wayne Weaver cannot afford to have another season like 2008, and neither can Del Rio if he wants to keep his job.

The head coaching position is not the only one with some buzz around it. Jacksonville goes into the season with its third defensive coordinator in as many years.

Mel Tucker will try to tinker with a unit that was ranked 17th (330.9 yards per game) in total defense last year.

The team will also have a new special teams coach, as Russ Purnell takes over for Joe DeCamillis, who joined the Dallas Cowboys in the off-season.

At the end of the day, all that a coach can do on any level is put his team in the best position to win.

It is up to the players to execute the game plan and make the necessary plays to be successful.

However, we all know that the coach shoulders the blame when things go south, and Del Rio will be a sacrificial lamb if the Jaguars don't excel in 2009.

Here's a look at the key members of Jacksonville's coaching staff, starting at the top.

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