Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McCardell among WR Coach Candidates; Former Jaguars Receiver Coached with the Redskins Last Season

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McCardell among WR Coach Candidates; Former Jaguars Receiver Coached with the Redskins Last Season

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey would like to have his whole staff of assistant coaches put together before the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28.

He made progress toward that goal over the long weekend.

The Jaguars interviewed Keenan McCardell, the franchise's second-leading receiver, on Monday morning for the position of receivers coach.

"It went good," McCardell said by phone. "It went pretty good, I must say. We're still talking. You just never know, Jacksonville would be a great place. ... At the end of the day I have to teach guys how to be successful just as I was successful."

McCardell, who lives in Virginia, spent the morning in Jacksonville and met with Mularkey. The Jaguars head coach told McCardell he would be in touch.

"It'd be great to get the opportunity to get the job," McCardell said.

McCardell, 42, was the Washington Redskins receivers coach last season, but he was informed last week that they would not renew his contract. The Redskins' passing offense ranked 14th in the NFL. Their leading receiver was Jabar Gaffney, who caught 68 passes for 947 yards.

McCardell played for the Jaguars from 1996 to 2001 and caught 499 passes or 6,393 yards. Last season, the Jaguars struggled to develop their receivers. Jacksonville promoted Johnny Cox to offensive quality control coach after a chain reaction on the offensive staff left them without a receivers coach. When defensive coordinator Mel Tucker took over as interim head coach, he fired Cox and made Mike Sheppard, who was hired as quarterbacks coach last year, the receivers coach.

The Jaguars are expected to seek receivers in free agency and the draft this year. Their expectation is that those additions, plus improvement by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, will improve what was the league's worst offense last season and the lowest-ranked passing offense.

Mularkey met with most of the Jaguars' coaching staff from the 2011 season this past weekend.

The Jaguars won't re-sign defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, and have considered Johnnie Lynn, who was a secondary coach in Philadelphia last season until the Eagles fired him this month. …

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