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Weaver's handling of Jaguars' coaching staff leads to unrest

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Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 11:36 a.m. ET
By Arthur Arkush

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver announced shortly after the season ended that he is sticking with head coach Jack Del Rio and his staff for 2011. "I think we're stronger by keeping this group together, I'm saying 'this group' our coaches together under Jack's leadership," said Weaver in his season-ending press conference.

But Weaver's decision not to extend the contracts of the assistant coaches beyond ’11 has led to turnover and unrest among the staff, the way we hear it.

Quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, who has overseen the development of David Garrard since Garrard became the starter four seasons ago, joined new Panthers head coach Ron Rivera's staff in Carolina. Todd Monken, who was named Shula's replacement after four seasons working with the Jaguars' receiving corps, jumped ship to Oklahoma State University. And assistant defensive line coach Ben Albert also went back to the college ranks, joining the coaching staff at Temple University.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who interviewed for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy before Denver decided on John Fox, was denied permission by Weaver to speak with the Rams for their offensive coordinator opening.

Shula, Monken and Albert all took positions that offered more job security than they had in Jacksonville, and Koetter was not given that opportunity. In addition to losing several talented coaches who had made significant progress with their players, word is the morale of the coaching staff is very low, and there could be distractions next season as coaches worry about their future.

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