JACKSONVILLE – A familiar name is joining the coaching staff.
It’s more than familiar, in fact: the newest Jaguars assistant coach is one of the most-productive, most-familiar names in franchise history.
Keenan McCardell, a wide receiver for the Jaguars from 1996-2001 and one of the best players ever to play the position for the organization, has re-joined the organization as wide receivers coach. The Jaguars announced the move Friday afternoon.
Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin coached the Jaguars in all six of McCardell’s seasons with the team.
“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,” Coughlin said in a statement Friday.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Keenan for six seasons and understand his passion for the game of football and his burning desire to win.”
McCardell, 47, coached wide receivers at the University of Maryland from 2014-15. He also coached wide receivers for the Washington Redskins in 2010 and 2011.
“With 17 years of playing experience and more than four years of coaching, Keenan’s attention to detail and intensity will be instrumental in the progression of our wide receivers,” Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said in a statement.
McCardell, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, caught 499 passes for 6,393 yards and 30 touchdowns in six seasons with the Jaguars. All totals rank second in franchise history.
McCardell coached current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs at Maryland, and his wide receivers with the Redskins in 2011 caught 346 passes for 4,058 yards. The 2010 Redskins wide receivers set a franchise record with 349 receptions.
McCardell caught 883 passes 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns for five teams in 17 NFL seasons. His receptions total ranks 13th in NFL history and his yardage total ranks 23rd in NFL history.
McCardell made the 1996 Pro Bowl in his first Jaguars season, catching 85 passes for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a career-high 94 passes for 1,207 yards in 2000.
McCardell’s first experience coaching in the NFL came in 2009, when he completed a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship with the New York Giants. Coughlin coached the Giants during that time.
“When Keenan served as a coaching intern with the Giants in 2009, I knew then that he would have a future in this industry,” Coughlin said in the statement. “His 17 years of playing experience will prove very beneficial to the young group of receivers and we are grateful to have him on our staff.”