The Jaguars are set to hire their third coordinator for the start of the Urban Meyer era. According to multiple reports, the team had already decided to hire Darrell Bevell to be their offensive coordinator and Joe Cullen to run the defense. Now, according to Tom Pelissero, the Jaguars will hire Brian Schneider to be their special teams coordinator.
Schneider, 49, was the Seahawks special teams coordinator from 2010-2020 after following Pete Carrol from USC to Seattle. He took a leave absence from the team just before the start of the 2020 season for personal reasons. Schneider returned in November, but in a lesser role after Pete Carroll named Larry Izzo the ST coordinator. Schneider and Darrell Bevell coached together in Seattle from 2011-2017, so there should be a high level of familiarity between the two.
The Seahawks finished third in special teams DVOA in 2020, 20th in 2019, 24th in 2018, 20th in 2017, 15th in 2016, third in 2015, 19th in 2014, fifth in 2013, third in 2012, 16th in 2011, and second in 2010.
A reasonably impressive resume overall, but less so in the latter years. Schneider's body of work is more exciting when you factor in that his units are generally among the best when it comes to forcing turnovers and scoring. Schneider will be handed an impressive duo with kicker Josh Lambo and punter Logan Cooke. One area the Jaguars have struggled is finding a consistently effecitve return threat.
Schneider has big shoes to fill. His predecessor, Joe DeCamillis (now with the Los Angeles Rams), is one of the most revered special team coaches in football and had the Jaguars playing well in the third phase of the game.
Urban Meyer has been very involved with his special teams units in the past and has an eye for it.
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