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Jaguars finalize 2013 coaching staff

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley finalized his coaching staff today with the addition of Ron Middleton, Terry Richardson, Matthew Smiley and Mike Rutenberg.

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley finalized his coaching staff today with the addition of Ron Middleton (tight ends, assistant special teams), Terry Richardson (running backs), Matthew Smiley (assistant special teams) and Mike Rutenberg (assistant defensive backs).  Length and terms of the contracts are undisclosed.

A 10-year NFL veteran as a player, Middleton spent the last five seasons (2008-12) at Duke, serving as associate head coach and special teams coordinator while also coaching the tight ends.  Prior to joining the Blue Devils, Middleton spent one season (2007) on the staff at Alabama where he coached the tight ends and the special teams units.

The Atmore, Alabama native served three seasons (2004-06) as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden. Middleton coached the tight ends and assisted with special teams and helped Tampa Bay to the 2005 NFC South Division championship. He spent five seasons (1999-2003) on the coaching staff at Mississippi where he worked with the tight ends for three seasons and running backs for two campaigns along with serving as the special teams coordinator.  The Rebels played in four bowl games during Middleton’s tenure.  He began his coaching career at Troy from 1997-98 where he worked with the tight ends, offensive tackles and assisted with special teams.  He also spent time in private business, serving as vice president of American Communications.

A four-year letterwinner at tight end for Auburn from 1982-85, Middleton helped the Tigers to a four-year ledger of 37-12 with four bowl games that produced three victories. He earned a degree in pre-law/history from Auburn in 1988 and later received a master’s degree in sports and fitness management from Troy in 1998.  Middleton’s NFL playing career spanned 10 seasons with five different teams.  After signing with Atlanta as a rookie free agent, he spent two seasons (1986-87) with the Falcons before joining the Washington Redskins for the 1988 campaign.  Following one season (1989) with the Cleveland Browns, Middleton returned to the Redskins for four seasons that included a win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI.  He finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams (1994) and the San Diego Chargers (1995). 

A veteran of 14 years coaching experience on the collegiate level, Richardson previously served as the University of Miami’s running backs coach and Florida recruiting coordinator from 2011-12 where he worked with Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

Under Richardson’s guidance at Miami, Duke Johnson and Lamar Miller registered two of the best seasons in the school’s history by a running back.  Johnson was named Freshman All-America in 2012 after rushing for a school freshman-record 947 yards and 10 touchdowns while earning Walter Camp All-America honors as a kick returner.   In 2011, Richardson coached Miller who finished with 1,272 rushing yards, the third-most in school history behind Willis McGahee (1,753) and Edgerrin James (1,416).  Miller became only the eighth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in a season had seven games with 100-plus rushing yards.

Prior to joining Miami, Richardson spent 12 seasons at Connecticut as running backs coach.  Richardson groomed Jordan Todman who was named the 2010 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after he ranked second in the country with 143.1 rushing yards per game.  In 2009, Richardson worked with two 1,000-yard rushers in Todman and All-BIG EAST second-team selection Andre Dixon.  UCONN was just one of three NCAA FBS schools to boast a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.  The 2008 season saw running back Donald Brown become the nation’s leading rusher as he was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-America pick by the Sporting News.  He became the school’s first NFL first-round draft pick in 2009 as he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts.

A native of Broward (Fla.) County, Richardson was a four-year letterwinner at running back for Syracuse where he led the team in rushing as a senior in 1993 and helped the Orange to three bowl berths during his career.  He signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1994 and also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles (1995), Kansas City Chiefs (1996) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-97).  In 1998 he returned to his high school, Northeast, in Oakland Park, Fla., as offensive coordinator and running backs coach to start his career. 

Smiley has eight years of coaching experience, all on the collegiate level, and spent the 2012 season as special teams coordinator at Charleston Southern. He previously served three seasons (2009-11) as special teams coordinator at Eastern Illinois.   Prior to joining Eastern Illinois, he coached at Eureka College where he served one season as offensive coordinator and one season as defensive coordinator.  In October of 2008 he was named interim head coach.  He entered the coaching ranks as an undergraduate assistant at Illinois after being a walk-on wide receiver with the Fighting Illini.  He worked two seasons (2006-07) at Dartmouth College as special teams coordinator.

Smiley graduated from Illinois in 2001 and served in the United States Air Force as a maintenance officer in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  While on active duty, Smiley was deployed four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and received the USAF Commendation Medal for his efforts.  While stationed in Grand Forks he also worked with the specialists at the University of North Dakota where he coached two All-American kickers in 2001 and 2003.

Rutenberg spent the last four seasons (2009-12) at New Mexico State where he coached the team’s defensive backs.  Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker was the team’s head coach during Rutenberg’s tenure.  In 2012 Rutenberg served as defensive backs coach and added the responsibility of pass game coordinator and guided the group to nine interceptions and 32 passes defensed. 

Prior to joining the New Mexico State staff, he spent three years (2006-08) at UCLA where he was the Bruins’ defensive graduate assistant and assistant to Walker, the school’s then defensive coordinator.   Rutenberg served as the assistant to Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs from 2004-05, dealing with the day-to-day football operations and administrative coaching. He served as a player personnel intern in 2003 and assistant for the Redskins. He received his bachelor's degree in hospitality management with a concentration in law from Cornell in 2003.

 

The 2013 Jaguars Coaching Staff

Gus Bradley, Head Coach

Bob Babich, Defensive Coordinator

Jedd Fisch, Offensive Coordinator

Mike Mallory, Special Teams Coordinator

Brandon Blaney, Defensive Assistant Coach

Luke Butkus, Assistant Offensive Line Coach

Mark Duffner Linebackers Coach

Ron Middleton, Tight Ends/Assistant Special Teams

Tom Myslinski, Head of Strength and Conditioning

Terry Richardson, Running Backs Coach

Mike Rutenberg, Assistant Defensive Backs Coach

Frank Scelfo, Quarterbacks Coach

Cedric Scott, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Matthew Smiley, Assistant Special Teams Coach

Tony Sorrentino, Offensive Quality Control Coach

Jerry Sullivan Wide Receivers Coach

DeWayne Walker, Defensive Backs Coach

Todd Wash, Defensive Line Coach

George Yarno, Offensive Line Coach

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