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Del Rio concludes hirings


Jack Del Rio has completed his coaching staff with the additions of wide receivers coach Todd Monken (pictured) and special teams assistant Tom Williams. Those hirings conclude a six-man re-shaping of Del Rio's coaching staff.

Monken, 41, comes to Jacksonville from LSU, where Dwayne Bowe was his prize pupil this past season. Bowe was one of the standouts at the recent Senior Bowl. Monken had previously coached Rashaun Woods at Oklahoma State.

Williams, 37, was defensive coordinator at San Jose State. Del Rio became familiar with Williams when he interviewed last winter for the Jaguars' then-vacant linebackers job.

"I got to know him and continued to track him. He's a Stanford grad; bright guy, energetic," Del Rio said of Williams.

"Todd is a good teacher. I was looking for somebody who would bring a lot of energy and passion. I had a very thorough interview with him and spoke to several people about him. He's a hands-on teacher," Del Rio said of Monken.

Del Rio had previously hired Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator, Mike Shula as quarterbacks coach, Joe DeCamillis as special teams coordinator and Robert Prince as assistant wide receivers coach. Koetter had been the head coach at Arizona State, Shula was head coach at Alabama and Prince was passing game coordinator at Boise State.

"I would point to the recent success I've had with Kennedy Pola and Andy Heck," Del Rio said of having reached into the college ranks for five of his new assistants. "I've been successful going into the college ranks and bringing in guys who are really good teachers. I feel good about the staff we put together. I think it fits what we need right now in terms of the attention to detail. We're doing everything we can right now to make one more play or two that'll make the difference about how we feel on Monday."

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