Jags hire Shula as quarterbacks coach
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Alabama coach Mike Shula was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
Coach Jack Del Rio and Shula reached a deal at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and the team expected a contract to be signed early next week.
Shula went 26-23 in four years at Alabama but was 0-8 against Southeastern Conference West rivals LSU and Auburn. The Tide finished 10-2 under Shula in 2005, but the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula was fired last November after the team went 6-6 during the regular season.
The 41-year-old Shula replaces Ken Anderson in Jacksonville. Anderson was one of five assistant coaches fired after last season. The Jags already hired former Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator and Joe DeCamillis as special teams coordinator.
Shula, meanwhile, inherits an unsettled quarterback situation.
But neither quarterback did enough to secure the starting job in 2007.
Leftwich completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,159 yards, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He was also sacked nine times.
He said he hurt his ankle during a game in early October and that the injury flared up nearly two weeks later, causing him to struggle in a loss at Houston after he convinced coaches he was ready to play. He was benched the following week.
Garrard completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,735 yards, with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was sacked 20 times and replaced by Quinn Gray in the season finale.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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