Jaguars name Tucker D-coordinator

Updated: January 26, 2009, 11:11 AM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms Saturday with five new assistant coaches, including two coordinators.

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Coach Jack Del Rio hired former Cleveland defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to replace Gregg Williams, who left after one season in what his agent called an "amicable divorce."

Russ Purnell was hired as special teams coordinator.

Tucker spent the last four years with the Browns, serving three seasons as defensive backs coach and one as defensive coordinator. He also has eight years of college experience, including four at Ohio State.

Purnell previously served as special teams coordinator for Indianapolis under coach Tony Dungy. He replaces Joe DeCamillis, who left Jacksonville for Dallas earlier this month. Purnell also spent time with Seattle, Tennessee and Baltimore.

The Jaguars also added quality control coach Johnny Cox, defensive line assistant Charlie Jackson and strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson.

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio fired longtime strength and conditioning coach Mark Asanovich late in the season and parted ways with secondary coach Donnie Henderson after one season.


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