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Jags fill void at linebackers coach, assistant linebackers coach

The Jacksonville Jaguars added two new faces to the coaching staff Monday, signing Robert Saleh and Scottie Hazelton as the team’s new linebackers coach and assistant linebackers coach respectively.

The two will look to fill the void left by former linebackers coach Mark Duffner who left the club to fill the same position with the Miami Dolphins in January.

“We are excited about the two new additions to the coaching staff,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. “I have known both men for a number of years and I know what they will bring to our staff. Both men are extremely hard working individuals and have a passion and desire to help our team get better.”

The hiring of Saleh, 35, keeps the recent Seahawks to Jaguars connection going as he spent the last three seasons as the defensive quality control coach for the Super Bowl champions, where his main focus was on the development of the linebackers.

There is some familiarity between Saleh and the Jaguars coaching staff. As a member of the Seahawks coaching staff he worked under Bradley when Bradley was the defensive coordinator in Seattle from 2009-12. He also worked with Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash, who served as the Seahawks defensive line coach from 2011-12.

Overall, Saleh has nine years of coaching experience in the National Football League. He spent his first six years in the NFL with the Houston Texans, where he served as the assistant linebackers coach during the last two seasons of his stint with the team.

As for Hazelton, the opportunity in Jacksonville will be his first coaching stop in the NFL. However, he has spent 18 years coaching at the collegiate level, most recently at the University of Nevada where he served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach last season. He spent the 2012 season at the University of Southern California as a linebackers coach.

Hazelton, 40, has also spent time at North Dakota State, Michigan Tech, Missouri Southern, Saint Olaf College in Minnesota and Fort Lewis College, his alma mater. He also has familiarity with the Jaguars coaching staff, having served under Bradley and defensive coordinator Bob Babich as a graduate assistant for two seasons (2000-01) at North Dakota State.

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