Jags make hiring of Nick Sorensen to staff official

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Last week NFL Network reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars had their eyes set on Nick Sorensen to be their special teams coach — and it’s now official. The team announced that Sorensen had been hired on Tuesday and he will now replace Brian Schneider, who stepped away from the team indefinitely for personal reasons.

Sorensen is a name familiar to the Jags fan base as he once played for the franchise under Jack Del Rio from 2003-06. He also had tenures with the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns as a regular season player. Overall, he spent 11 seasons in the NFL as a special teamer and safety, accumulating 131 total tackles, half a sack and two pass deflections.

Sorensen was once a special teams assistant with the Seattle Seahawks under Schneider (2013-17), so he’s familiar with the system that was constructed during the offseason. After his time coaching special teams, he also got to coach defensive backs as a secondary coach/nickel specialist with Seattle. In the process he worked alongside cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who the Jags signed in free agency this offseason.

Sorensen, who is from Winter Haven, Fla. won’t be too far from home as he returns to the Jags. Aiding him will be special teams assistant Carlos Polk, who brings 11 years of NFL coaching experience to the mix.