Tucker Takes Over Jaguars, Gets Audition

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker spent part of the season using crutches and an electric scooter. Nowadays, he has recovered enough from a torn quadriceps muscle to be limping around.

His defense has been even more banged up.

The Jaguars (3-8) have three starters on injured reserve, including both cornerbacks, and have been without several others on that side of the ball in recent weeks. There’s hasn’t been a noticeable drop-off, a credit to what Tucker has done in his first season in control of the unit.

Tucker has convinced the Jaguars he is one of the NFL’s ascending coaches. What he does over the next five games, beginning Monday against reeling San Diego, will determine whether he will replace fired coach Jack Del Rio on a permanent basis.

Source: Associated Press