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Jacksonville Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker shook up his staff on his first full day, firing receivers coach Johnny Cox and shuffling other assignments.
Tucker essentially made Cox the scapegoat for the team's poor offensive performance this season. The Jaguars (3-8) rank last in the NFL in offense and have been plagued by poor routes, dropped passes and inconsistent quarterback play.
Tucker also moved quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard to work with receivers, a position he held the previous four years in Cincinnati.
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will serve as quarterbacks coach, tutoring rookie Blaine Gabbert for the remaining five games of the season.
The moves mark a significant shakeup for a team out of playoff contention.
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