The coach and the quarterback tend to be the two most important players on a team. And it…
Coach Jack Del Rio, who has fired 19 coaches during his seven-year tenure, has shuffled his coaching staff again this year.
Three coaches departed as defensive-line coach Ted Monachino was fired and both tight-ends coach Mike Tice and running-backs coach Kennedy Pola, who were both close to Tice, departed for new jobs.
Pola took a job as the running-backs coach with the Titans to replace Earnest Byner, who was fired.
The Jaguars then signed Byner and, in effect, traded running-backs coaches with the Titans.
Tice left to become offensive-line coach for the Bears and the Jaguars hired the Bears' tight-end coach, Rob Boras, who was fired, to replace Tice.
To replace Monachino, they hired Joe Cullen, who was at Idaho State last year after spending three years with the Lions.
In 2006, Cullen was arrested after driving naked through a fast-food drive-through. He has an alcohol problem but hasn't had a drink in over three years.
Del Rio also hired Ben Albert as defensive-line coach, Matt Griffin as offensive staff assistant and Ron Heller as offensive staff assistant.
The New Orleans Saints had four ex-Jaguars -- defensive end Bobby McCray, who started, backup quarterback Mark Brunell, backup defensive back Pierson Prioleau and defensive end Paul Spicer, who was inactive for the game after being cut in training camp and then re-signing with the team at the start of the playoffs.
The Saints also had defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was with the Jaguars in 2008 but had to blend his defense with the one favored by head coach Jack Del Rio.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "And, no, average is not acceptable." -- Owner Wayne Weaver saying the Jaguars have been average in coach Jack Del Rio's first seven years and need to improve.
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