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Monday, January 26, 2009
A bit more on Del Rio's new assistants

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

We haven't had a chance to really examine at Jack Del Rio's hires, so I thought I'd take a closer look at the new Jacksonville assistant coaches.

Del Rio had seven holes on his staff after expired contract, defections and dismissals. He's certain to still fill one of the spots that remain -- defensive backs coach-and likely to fill another -- assistant strength and conditioning coach. But two others -- assistant wide receivers coach and defensive assistant -- may not be filled since Del Rio's newcomers include a quality control coach and a defensive line assistant, positions that did not exist on the 2008 staff.

A look at the new assistants:

With the Browns he headed a 3-4 defense. But his one season as coordinator was under a head coach, Romeo Crennel, with a defensive background who was working to hold on to his job. Tucker now faces a similar scenario under Jack Del Rio. There has been speculation about changing to a 3-4, but such a process takes the sort of time Del Rio doesn't have and while it could suit a young player like Quentin Groves it wouldn't fit a veteran like John Henderson.

I wouldn't expect a scheme change.

Del Rio said in his season wrap-up press conference that he wanted his players committed to the team's offseason program. Clearly the hope is Richesson's program will help convince players to stay in Jacksonville more in the offseason and provide them with the sort of training that some of them have found on their own back in their hometowns.

Richesson is married to Anita-Nall Richesson, who won three swimming medals in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Purnell will now work for his third team of the AFC South roster. While his replacement in Indianapolis has not been hired, many felt he benefited from the Dungy's loyalty during his seven seasons with the Colts.

The Jaguars are counting on the development of Derrick Harvey and Groves, their top two draft picks last season, and giving defensive line coach Ted Monachino an assistant is certainly aimed at least in part at making sure the second year jumps are what the team expects.