It doesn’t take long for hardcore Jags fans to go down a list of guys who established the franchise and get to the name Kennan McCardell. And now, after reaching back to their past to re-hire Tom Coughin in an executive role, Jacksonville has brought McCardell in to coach the wide receivers.
The Jaguars made the move official on Friday evening:
Guess who's back in the Teal and Black? Welcome home, @KeenanMcCardell.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) January 20, 2017
McCardell teamed with Jimmy Smith in the mid-90’s to establish Jacksonville as an AFC contender. His best season in Black and Teal was his first in 1996 where he caught 85 passes for 1,129 yards and three TD’s making the Pro Bowl for the first time. Jacksonville reached the AFC Title game that year. He caught a career high 94 passes in 2000 for the Jags.
As the Jaguars.com article above states from Coughlin: “We all understand what Keenan means to this organization and we are excited to welcome him home to Jacksonville, as he’ll oversee the growth and consistent improvement of our receiving corps.”
Buccaneer fans also remember McCardell fondly, including his two TD catches in their Super Bowl 37 rout of the Raiders in 2003.
He played for five teams in all in a 17 year career and obviously brings a wealth of knowledge and in game experience for the Jaguars young receiving corp.
McCardell had been coaching the University of Maryland receivers the last two seasons (above) and previously coached the Washington Redskins receivers, too.
Needless to say, it’s a big time credibility hire for the fan base in Jacksonville who might have questions about some of the recent coaching staff moves.