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Jerry Sullivan
Wide Receivers Coach


Jerry Sullivan is in his third season as wide receivers coach for the Jaguars after being named to the post on January 20, 2012. Sullivan has 42 years of coaching experience including 21 in the NFL and 21 at the collegiate level.

Jerry Sullivan is in his third season as wide receivers coach for the Jaguars after being named to the post on January 20, 2012. Sullivan has 42 years of coaching experience including 21 in the NFL and 21 at the collegiate level.

Sullivan has coached several Pro Bowl receivers in his career, including the San Diego Chargers’ Anthony Miller (1992-93) and Tony Martin (1996), Detroit Lions’ Herman Moore (1997-98) and Germaine Crowell (1999) and Arizona Cardinals’ David Boston (2001) and Anquan Boldin (2003).

In his second season with the Jaguars, Sullivan oversaw a receiving corps that saw six different players earn starts.  The unit was led by third-year pro Cecil Shorts who caught a career-high 66 passes for 777 yards and three touchdowns.  2013 fourth-round pick Ace Sanders finished the season with 51 catches, the second-most by a rookie in team history (Justin Blackmon had 64 receptions in 2012) and the third-most by an NFL rookie in 2013.  Four different receivers (Sanders, Jeremy Ebert, Mike Brown, Lamaar Thomas) made their first career reception in 2013.

Sullivan tutored a Jaguars wideout unit in 2012 that improved throughout the season.  Shorts (55-979, 7 TDs) and Blackmon (64-865, 5 TDs) became the first Jaguars receiver duo since 2001 to have 800-plus receiving yards.  Blackmon led all NFL rookies in receiving yards and tied for the most receptions while setting franchise single-season rookie records for catches, yards, average per reception and touchdowns.  Shorts registered four 100-yard receiving games and a franchise-record four catches of 50-plus yards. 

Sullivan, 66, did not coach in 2011 and spent the offseason working with NFL players in Minnesota including Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. He previously served as wide receivers coach/senior assistant for the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-10. The 49ers selected wide receiver Michael Crabtree with the 10th overall pick in 2009 and he had 103 receptions for 1,366 yards and eight touchdowns under Sullivan’s tutelage. Under the guidance of Sullivan, 2008 sixth-round pick Josh Morgan posted a career-high 52 receptions for 527 yards in 2009 and had a career-best 698 receiving yards on 44 receptions in 2010.  In 2008, Sullivan’s unit was highlighted by the play of 15-year veteran wideout Isaac Bruce, who earned the team’s Len Eshmont Award for his courageous and inspiring play. Bruce had seven touchdown receptions, his most since 2002, and led all receivers with 835 receiving yards on 61 catches.

Prior to his time with the 49ers, Sullivan spent one season as wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2004. He was a member of the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff for three seasons (2001-03). In his first two seasons with the club, Sullivan mentored the team’s wide receivers, where he worked with a group that included David Boston. Boston led the NFL with 1,598 receiving yards on 98 receptions in 2001 and was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career. Sullivan was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003 where he worked with wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin finished third in the NFL in receptions (101) and receiving yards (1,377) on his way to being named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year as well as a starter on the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad. 

Sullivan’s NFL coaching career began in 1992 with the San Diego Chargers where he spent five seasons (1992-96). He coached wide receivers in Detroit from 1997-2000.  Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks, he spent 21 years as an assistant on the collegiate level. Sullivan was an assistant at Kansas State (1971-72), Texas Tech (1973-75), South Carolina (1976-82), Indiana (1983), Louisiana State (1984-90) and Ohio State (1991).

A native of Miami, Sullivan played quarterback at Miami Jackson High School.  He earned a scholarship to Florida State and later transferred to Delta State. 

Sullivan and his wife, Connie, have two sons, Jon-Eric, who has spent the past 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers as an area scout, and Matthew along with daughter, Allison. 

COACHING BACKGROUND: Kansas State 1971-72, Texas Tech 1973-75, South Carolina 1976-82, Indiana 1983, Louisiana State 1984-90, Ohio State 1991, San Diego Chargers 1992-96, Detroit Lions 1997-2000, Arizona Cardinals 2001-03, Miami Dolphins 2004, San Francisco 49ers 2005-10, Jacksonville Jaguars 2012-14.

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