By Hays Carlyon (1010XL Jaguars reporter)
Tom Coughlin might be bringing the Thunder to help relaunch the Jaguars.
The Jaguars are interviewing former standout receiver Keenan McCardell on Friday at EverBank Field, presumably to be the receivers coach, according to a league source. The team is also believed to have interviewed New Orleans assistant Ronald Curry earlier this week.
The 47-year-old McCardell played for the Jaguars from 1996-01 and ranks second in franchise history with 499 receptions for 6,393 yards and 30 touchdowns.
McCardell served as the Washington Redskins receivers coach from 2010-12 and was Maryland’s receivers coach from 2014-15. McCardell played 16 years in the NFL, compiling 11,373 receiving yards with 63 touchdowns.
Coughlin signed McCardell after he spent his first four seasons in Cleveland. McCardell would team up with Jimmy Smith to form one of the league’s most productive tandems, dubbed “Thunder and Lightning.” Smith holds every significant Jaguars receiving record and was inducted into The Pride of the Jaguars last year.
Smith tweeted his support Friday morning from his verified Twitter account:
“Let’s pray that my boy Keenan McCardell will get the WR coaching job for the Jaguars!!!”
McCardell cultivated a reputation for being one of the toughest receivers in the league with his ability to make catches in traffic over the middle of the field.
If hired, McCardell would replace Jerry Sullivan, the respected 44-year veteran who had held the position for the last four seasons. The 72-year-old Sullivan helped develop Jaguars receivers Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee into one of the NFL’s most promising trios over the last three years.
The Jaguars have already filled out most of their coaching staff. Coughlin and coach Doug Marrone retained offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and defensive coordinator Todd Wash.
The other assistants hired are: Joe DeCamillis (special teams coordinator), offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley and defensive line coach Marion Hobby.
In addition to receivers coach, the Jaguars have yet to make a hire at linebackers coach or tight ends coach. Ron Middleton is expected to be retained as tight ends coach, but that is not official.
The 37-year-old Curry spent this past season with the Saints as an offensive assistant after three years in the same capacity with San Francisco. Curry played seven seasons for Oakland (2002-08).
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