Jason La Canfora of NFL.com and NFL Network is reporting the Jaguars will hire Mike Sheppard to fill the QB coach void left when Mike Shula was hired as quarterback coach for the Panthers and Todd Monken was hired as offensive coordinator of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Sheppard has a long history of coaching, serving as the head coach of Long Beach State and New Mexico in the 1980s and early 1990s. He has since served as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers, Bills and Saints. Sheppard served four seasons as WR coach for the Bengals when he accepted the Jaguars offer.
When Shula left the Jaguars filled the coaching void with Todd Monken. When Monken left to Oklahoma State, it was speculated that the coaching position would be a difficult one to fill, as it came relatively late in the offseason as it pertains to hiring coaches. Furthermore, the Jaguars would have to find a coach that was willing to accept a one year deal. However, it makes sense the Sheppard would accept the position.
Give me one season with Chad Johnson/Ochocinco/Johnson again? and I’d be scrambling to get out of there. He made it four and on top of that, the Bengals signed Terrell Owens to make his fourth year with the team especially fun. Carson Palmer has listed his house in Cincinnati up for sale and is threatening retirement if he isn’t traded, I can understand if Sheppard is willing to take a dangerous job like Jacksonville’s to get out of there.