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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.

Troy Edwards (13 games, 35 catches) and Kevin Johnson (six
games, 15 catches) were picked up in the middle of the season and
had some success trying to complement Jimmy Smith.