JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars fired special
teams coaches Bill Bates and Paul McCord and receivers coach Larry
Kirksey on Monday.
Coach Jack Del Rio said he would name replacements at a later date.
The Jaguars struggled on special teams throughout their 5-11
season. Rookie kicker Seth Marler went 20-for-33 on field goals,
for 60 percent, the worst percentage in the league.
Jacksonville's kickoff units were below average. The kickoff
return team had the sixth-worst starting average in the AFC and the
kickoff coverage team was third-worst.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville's passing game ranked eighth in the
conference and the Jaguars failed to develop Matt Hatchette into
the comeback player they thought he could be. A starter on opening
day, Hatchette wound up inactive for nine games. J.J. Stokes, an
offseason signing who was supposed to be a starter, barely played
and was cut in midseason.