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Shula has deal to coach quarterbacks with Jaguars

From staff, wire reports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Alabama coach Mike Shula has agreed to become quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars said Thursday that coach Jack Del Rio and Shula reached a deal at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and expected a contract to be signed next week.

Shula went 26-23 in four years at Alabama, but was 0-8 against Southeastern Conference West rivals LSU and Auburn. The Tide finished 10-2 under Shula in 2005, but the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula was fired Nov. 26 after the team went 6-6 during the regular season. According to Shula's contract with Alabama, the school must pay the difference in his new job's contract and the amount he would have made as the Tide's head coach.

Shula had been a candidate for the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins, but his father's former team chose San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to replace Nick Saban.

The 41-year-old Shula replaces Ken Anderson in Jacksonville. Anderson was one of five assistant coaches fired after last season. The Jags already hired former Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator and Joe DeCamillis as special teams coordinator.

Shula, meanwhile, inherits an unsettled quarterback situation.

Byron Leftwich started the first six games, then was benched in favor of backup David Garrard. Leftwich eventually had ankle surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

But neither quarterback did enough to secure the starting job in 2007.

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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