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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Jaguars have DB coach, now who are DBs?

By Paul Kuharsky

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired a defensive backs coach, per ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy. Now the question is who DeWayne Walker's defensive backs will be.

Two of the team’s top cornerbacks from 2012 are heading toward free agency.

Will Derek Cox and/or Rashean Mathis be re-signed by general manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley or will Walker be looking to find starters from a combination of free agents, draft picks and holdovers?

Walker was 10-40 in four seasons as head coach at New Mexico State. Previously he’s coached at UCLA and USC and he’s overseen defensive backs for the Patriots, Giants and Redskins in the NFL.

The Bradley-Walker connection is Pete Carroll. Bradley came to the Jaguars from Seattle, where he worked under Carroll. Walker worked under Carroll at USC.

Per Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Bradley still needs five position coaches.