Jags address issue with dismissals
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars fired special teams coaches Bill Bates and Paul McCord and receivers coach Larry Kirksey on Monday.
Coach Jack Del Rio said he would name replacements at a later date.
The Jaguars struggled on special teams throughout their 5-11 season. Rookie kicker Seth Marler went 20-for-33 on field goals, for 60 percent, the worst percentage in the league.
Jacksonville's kickoff units were below average. The kickoff return team had the sixth-worst starting average in the AFC and the kickoff coverage team was third-worst.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville's passing game ranked eighth in the conference and the Jaguars failed to develop Matt Hatchette into the comeback player they thought he could be. A starter on opening day, Hatchette wound up inactive for nine games. J.J. Stokes, an offseason signing who was supposed to be a starter, barely played and was cut in midseason.
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