Jacksonville Jaguars are shedding 4 long-time staff as a part of the overhaul by coach City Meyer, based on a supply
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars have laid off four long-time scouting and HR staff, including one who has been with the franchise since its inception, a league source confirmed to ESPN.
Andy Dengler (assistant director of player staff), Chris Driggers (director of pro staff), Mark Ellenz (director of college scouting) and Paul Roell (assistant director of college scouting) were fired on Monday. The group has a combined 66 years of experience with the Jaguars, and Driggers was one of six remaining employees who joined the franchise in 1994.
These steps, as reported by The Associated Press for the first time, are not surprising given that coach Urban Meyer has reorganized the franchise. Meyer has expanded the coaching team to 27, added a chief of staff in Fernando Lovo and integrated nutrition, strength and stamina as well as training into the sports performance department.
Meyer previously fired Scott Trulock, director of player health and performance, and Tom Myslinski, strength and conditioning coordinator, and hired Jeff Ferguson (director of physical education) and Anthony Schlegel (head strength and conditioning coach).
Additionally, Meyer has pointed out that it is the franchise’s responsibility to give players the best of everything, which is why he is pushing for a standalone soccer facility.
Dengler joined the Jaguars in 1998 and has been the deputy director of player staff for the past eight years. Ellenz joined the Jaguars in 2013 and has been Director of College Scouting since 2016. Roell also joined the Jaguars in 2013. He and Ellenz were hired by then general manager Dave Caldwell, who was fired in November.
Driggers started out in the football operations department and then became the team’s salary cap administrator. He joined the Scouting Department in 1998 and was promoted to Director of Pro Staff in 2015.
Alisa Abbott (Owner’s General Manager and President), Dan Edwards (Senior Vice President of Jacksonville Tradition and Alumni), Mike Perkins (Senior Director of Football Technology and Special Projects), Brian Sexton (Senior Correspondent) and Tim Bishko (Director of Ticket Operations) are the ones remaining employees who have been in the franchise since 1994.