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Jags hire Bates as special teams coach

Posted: Tuesday January 21, 2003 6:50 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 22, 2003 4:04 PM

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has his top three assistants in place.

Del Rio hired former Dallas Cowboys player Bill Bates as special teams coach Tuesday, joining Mike Smith as defensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

Del Rio hired the two coordinators Monday and said he wants to have his entire staff in place before the Super Bowl.

Bates served as the assistant special teams and defensive nickel package coach for the Dallas Cowboys for the past two seasons. The 43-year-old Bates was one of the most popular players in the history of the Cowboys after playing and coaching in Dallas for 20 years.

Smith joined the Ravens in 1999 after 12 seasons at Tennessee Tech. He was on the Baltimore staff with Del Rio in 2000 when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Musgrave is a former NFL quarterback who played with the 49ers and Broncos. He spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator at Virginia, and before that was quarterbacks coach for the Panthers.

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