- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Defensive line play and the pass rush were huge issues for the Jaguars in 2009. Coach Jack Del Rio began trying to solve them by firing Ted Monachino as defensive line coach and hiring Joe Cullen to replace him.
Monachino was the 19th assistant to be fired by JDR in seven seasons.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens announced that Monachino is their new outside linebackers coach.
I get that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
But it’s very interesting to compare the perceptions: The Jaguars’ unspoken indication that Monachino was part of the problem versus the Ravens’ gleeful pronunciations in their announcement about how Monachino will bolster a similar department.
Said Terrell Suggs, who played for Monachino at Arizona State: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with my former college coach. Coach Monachino challenged me to be the best I could be every practice, every game and every day. He is a perfectionist who will get the best out of all of us. I am really excited to work with him again.”
And from John Harbaugh: “Ted comes highly recommended from every person we spoke with, and he backed that up while interviewing with us. He brings with him an impressive wealth of knowledge and an intense passion for the game. Ted will work with our outside linebackers under Dean Pees, and he will have a tremendous impact on our defense, primarily through the pass rush. We are fortunate to add a coach of his level to our team.”
One thing is for certain in Jacksonville -- Cullen needs more to work with than Monachino had in his final year.