Mel Tucker Spurns the Vikings to Stay with the Jags as Defensive Coordinator

Mel Tucker has turned down an offer from the Vikings and will remain the Jaguars defensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The Jaguars ranked sixth in total defense, ninth against the run and were eighth against the pass, and ranked 11th in scoring defense in 2011. Tucker replaced Jack Del Rio on an interim basis to close out the season, with the Jaguars going 2-3. Though Tucker was a candidate for the permanent position, the club hired Mike Mularkey on Tuesday night.

In addition to Tucker, Mularkey will hire former Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to coordinate the offense, Schefter adds.

Bratkowski, 56, was the Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach in 2011 after spending 11 seasons with the Bengals. Bratkowski also coached wide receivers with the Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers during his 21-year NFL coaching career.

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