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Pat Flaherty named offensive line coach


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' coaching staff is taking on a veteran look.

With Saturday afternoon's latest announcement, the team also added a huge dose of experience at one of the staff's most important positions.

Pat Flaherty, a 17-year NFL coaching veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion, on Saturday afternoon officially was named the Jaguars' offensive line coach. The team announced the move in a statement Saturday.

"Pat Flaherty is a Super Bowl winning coach and teacher and I could not be more excited to welcome him to our staff," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. "With over 35 years of coaching experience, Coach Flaherty brings a wealth of knowledge to the offensive line room and will help develop our group into a tough, physical unit, which will be key to our success for this year and for years to come.

"As I have mentioned before, building through the trenches will be a key for our team going forward, and with the addition of Pat, we are making a major step in the right direction in that area."

Flaherty comes to the Jaguars with close ties to Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, who was named to that role Monday.

Flaherty, 60, has spent the last 13 seasons as an NFL offensive line coach. He was the New York Giants' offensive line coach from 2004-2015 – the entire time Coughlin was the Giants' coach. The Giants won Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

"Pat Flaherty not only has 17 years of NFL coaching experience, he also has helped several offensive linemen become Pro Bowl players in their careers, such as Chris Snee, Shaun O'Hara and David Diehl," Coughlin said Saturday in a statement. "His work with the Giants' offensive line helped that team win two Super Bowls. His credentials are impeccable and his vast knowledge and teaching ability will be a great benefit for our offensive linemen."

Flaherty was the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line coach this past season. He spent 2001-2003 as the tight ends coach of the Chicago Bears and 2000 as the tight ends coach of the Washington Redskins.

The Giants finished in the in the Top 10 in rushing five times in Flaherty's time there: sixth in 2005, seventh in 2006, fourth in 2007, first in 2008, sixth in 2010. The Giants also ranked in the top 10 in fewest sacks allowed five times during his tenure: first in 2010, seventh in 2011, first in 2012, ninth in 2014 and fourth in 2015.

Marrone, named the Jaguars' permanent head coach Monday, served as the Jaguars' assistant head coach-offense/offensive line the past two seasons before serving as interim head coach in the final two games of 2016. The Jaguars allowed 51 sacks in 2015 after allowing a league-high 71 in 2014 before allowing 34 this past season.

The Jaguars ranked 22nd in rushing this past season after ranking 27th in the area in 2015.

The Jaguars on Friday named Joe DeCamillis special teams coordinator. He has served as a special teams coordinator the past 24 seasons and is a 26-year NFL coaching veteran.

The Jaguars named Todd Wash defensive coordinator Saturday morning. Wash, in his 12th NFL season, spent last season as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator when the team ranked sixth in the NFL in yards allowed.

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