Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Pick Coordinators; Musgrave, Smith Will Join del Rio

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Pick Coordinators; Musgrave, Smith Will Join del Rio

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

After owner Wayne Weaver made the "bold move" of hiring a young coach, 39-year-old Jack Del Rio, the Jaguars head coach is following the same track by bringing aboard University of Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, 35, for the same position in Jacksonville.

Musgrave will be introduced by Del Rio at a 1 p.m. news conference today at Alltel Stadium. Also introduced today will be Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Mike Smith as defensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys standout Bill Bates as special-teams coordinator, the Times-Union has learned.

Jaguars team spokesman Dan Edwards refused to confirm or deny the hirings, though all three were registered last night at a Jacksonville hotel. None were available for comment. Smith declined comment when reached last night.

The Jaguars hope to announce the remainder of Del Rio's staff by tomorrow. The team has requested permission from the Carolina Panthers to speak to offensive line coach Paul Boudreau and at least one unidentified assistant according to a source within the Panthers' organization. Boudreau has coached offensive lines for five teams during his 16-year NFL coaching career.

Lucious Selmon, the Jaguars defensive line coach this past season and an outside linebackers coach during his first seven years with the franchise, is believed to be under consideration for an assistant's job, sources said. An unconfirmed report on the Cincinnati Bengals Web site indicated quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson may join the Jaguars in that capacity. Anderson, the Bengals' all-time passing leader, was the team's offensive coordinator until he was demoted after the 2000 season.

Musgrave, a backup quarterback from 1991-96 with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, has NFL coaching experience with three different teams, most recently as offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He resigned that position after four games in a dispute with head coach George Seifert, reportedly over Seifert being too involved in the offense. Musgrave resigned on Oct. 3, 2000, two days after the Panthers' 16-13 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

When asked if a strained relationship with Seifert led to his resignation, Musgrave told the Charlotte Observer: "It's probably not professional for me to say. He's the head coach. It's his team. I respect him for that. I work for him. I don't have anything really to say on the relationship. It was a normal working relationship. He's the boss. That's why I stepped away. If a change needed to be made, it needed to be me and not him."

About his perception that he quit on his team, Musgrave added: "That's something I'm going to have to live with, and I'm not proud of that at all."

Since Musgrave's contract prohibited him from going to another NFL team, he went to the college ranks the past two years as Virginia's coordinator under Al Groh, the former New York Jets head coach. …

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