Report: Jaguars to hire Cullen as assistant coach

Posted Jan. 21, 2010 @ 5:25 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Jaguars plan to hire former Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen as their next assistant head coach, according to a team source.

The hiring comes a week after former assistant head coach Mike Tice took the offensive line coaching position with the Chicago Bears.

Cullen's duties with the Jaguars are a little unclear at this time, because the Jaguars already have Ted Monachino as their defensive line coach.

Cullen has 20 years of coaching experience, most recently as the defensive line coach at Idaho State University in 2009. Before that, he spent three seasons with the Lions in the same position.

Cullen was arrested twice over the span of seven days back in the summer of 2006, resulting in a $20,000 fine from the league and a suspension by the Lions and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The first arrest came when Cullen was found naked behind the wheel of his vehicle at a fast-food restaurant in Oakland, Calif., the night before a preseason game against the Raiders. The second arrest came a week later when Cullen was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following the Lions' preseason finale.

Before deciding to interview Cullen, owner Wayne Weaver conducted an extensive review of his past, including a discussion with the commissioner, in which Goodell endorsed the hiring.