Jaguars hire Monte Kiffin as defensive assistant


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After serving as an unofficial consultant to Gus Bradley during the Jaguars defensive coordinator search earlier this off-season the team has hired 76-year old Monte Kiffin as a defensive assistant. Kiffin has a half century of football coaching experience.

Over the course of his NFL career Kiffin has been known to be an expert of the cover two defense. Under Bradley the Jaguars scheme is more geared to running a cover three system. With Kiffin on board perhaps the Jaguars will mix and match both defenses next season.

“We are excited about Monte Kiffin joining our staff,” said Bradley. “His wealth of experience and knowledge about the game will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff.”

The Jaguars also hired John Benton as assistant offensive line coach and John Donovan as offensive quality control coach.

 Benton has 29 years of coaching experience, including 12 seasons in the NFL and 17 seasons in the collegiate ranks. Benton joins the Jaguars after a two-year stint as the offensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins. Benton originally joined Miami as the assistant offensive line coach on Jan. 29, 2014 and was promoted to offensive line coach on March 1, 2014.

 “We feel very fortunate to have John join our staff as a member of our coaching staff,” said Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley. “He will work closely with Coach Marrone and we feel like he will be a great fit. He has been an offensive line coach in the NFL for many years and has done a great job of developing talent.”

 Donovan joins the Jaguars with 19 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the last two as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Penn State. Previously, Donovan spent three seasons (2011-13) at Vanderbilt as the offensive coordinator/running backs coach and seven seasons at Maryland, two as the quarterbacks coach (2006-07), one as the running backs coach (2005) and four as the assistant recruiting coordinator (2001-04). Donovan previously spent three seasons (1998-2000) at Georgia Tech as an offensive graduate assistant and had his first coaching job as the assistant secondary coach at Villanova in 1997.

 “John will be a valued addition to our coaching staff,” said Bradley. “John brings an abundance of collegiate coaching experience and we feel like it will translate well to the National Football League. In his role, John will provide assistance to our offensive coaching staff.”