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Mark Collins named linebackers coach


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars moved closer to completing their coaching staff Thursday.

They did it by adding a position coach with extensive coaching experience at the NFL and college level.

Mark Collins, who spent the last two seasons as the outside linebackers coach of the New York Jets, has been named the Jaguars' linebackers coach. The team announced the move Thursday afternoon.

"Mark Collins joins our staff highly recommended by his peers in the coaching community," Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement. "His aggressive, takeaway-focused mentality will be an invaluable asset to our organization as we look to establish a winning attitude. Our linebacker unit has been a strength for our team and will continue to improve under his guidance."

Collins, who played collegiately at East Tennessee State, spent five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Jets. He served as a defensive assistant with Atlanta from 2010-2013 and as the outside linebackers coach in 2014.

"With 17 years in coaching, Mark Collins will bring a diverse array of professional and collegiate experience to our staff," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. "I'm excited to see our linebackers respond to his leadership and continue to develop in the upcoming year."

Collins coached collegiately for 11 seasons before joining to the Falcons. He worked at the College level at Louisiana–Monroe, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Elon, Michigan and East Tennessee State.

Marrone was hired as permanent head coach January 9. Collins became the ninth coach officially named to Marrone's staff.

The Jaguars have named Joe DeCamillis special teams coordinator, Todd Wash defensive coordinator and Nathaniel Hackett offensive coordinator. They also have announced the hirings of offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, secondary coach Perry Fewell, running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, defensive line coach Marion Hobby and wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell.

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