Jaguars hire both coordinators

Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 3:44 a.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator and Ravens linebacker coach Mike Smith as defensive coordinator Monday, a source within the league told The Associated Press.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two will be introduced Tuesday as new coach Jack Del Rio's key assistants.

The moves are in keeping with the team's front-office youth movement. Smith is 43 and Musgrave is 35. They'll work with the 39-year-old Del Rio, who was hired last week after a year as Carolina's defensive coordinator.

Smith joined the Ravens in 1999 after 12 seasons at Tennessee Tech. He was on the Baltimore staff with Del Rio in 2000 when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Musgrave is a former NFL quarterback who spent time with the 49ers and Broncos. He spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator at Virginia, and before that was quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the Panthers. He resigned that position four games into the 2000 season.

Del Rio said his background as a former linebacker and defensive coach doesn't mean he'll be conservative on offense, and he's expected to ask Musgrave to design a wide-open attack.

The Jaguars are still searching for a personnel executive. They wanted to hire Phil Savage of Baltimore, but negotiations broke down during the weekend.

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