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MANAGEMENT • PLAYERS • 2016 IN REVIEW • HISTORY • RECORDS • FRANCHISE FACTS
Andy Dengler is in his 20th season with the Jaguars and his fifth as assistant director of player personnel after being promoted to the post on May 2, 2013. Dengler spent two seasons as director of college personnel prior to his elevation. He had been pro-moted to National Scout on Jan. 12, 2009 and has been a Jaguars college scout since 1998. Dengler is responsible for scouting the top collegiate players throughout the nation. He joined the Jaguars from the National Football Scouting combine, where he was an area scout in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions the previous four years.
Previously Dengler served as an assistant head coach, offensive line coach and de-fensive backfield coach at St. Joseph’s College (Ind.) from 1992-95. He was offensive coordinator, interim head coach and offensive line coach at Tiffin University 1990-92, as well as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green (1988-90) and an assistant high school coach in Circleville, Ohio.
Dengler graduated with a degree in history from Heidelberg College, and he received his master’s in secondary education from Bowling Green. He was born Sept. 9, 1963 in Berea, Ohio.
Chris Driggers is in his 24th year with the Jaguars and his 20th year in scouting. He is one of six current staff members who joined the Jaguars in 1994.
Driggers enters his third season as the Director of Pro Personnel after spending the previous six seasons as a pro scout. Prior to serving as a pro scout, Driggers spent nine seasons scouting the Southwest region of the country. He began his career with the Jaguars in football operations before moving up to salary cap administrator, as-sisting in player contract proposals, salary cap administration and negotiating player contracts. He became a scouting assistant in 1998.
A native of Jacksonville, Driggers graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in finance. He and his wife have three sons.
John Idzik is entering his third season with the Jaguars and 25th in the NFL after joining the organization in March of 2015. In his role, he works closely with general manager David Caldwell and his staff in pro and college player evaluations, pro ad-vances, salary cap management, contract negotiations and football administration. Prior to joining the Jaguars, Idzik was general manager of the New York Jets in 2013 and 2014 where he directed all aspects of football operations, including coaching, player personnel and football administration. Idzik came to the Jets after six seasons with Seattle Seahawks (2007-2012) as the vice president of football administration. With the Seahawks, he evaluated pro and college prospects while also overseeing player contract negotiations, the team’s salary cap and most of the other aspects of day-to-day football operations. In addition, he acted as the club’s primary liaison to the NFL Office representing the club at league meetings. He served in similar capaci-ties as director of football administration for the Arizona Cardinals from 2004-06, as well as assistant general manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his 11 seasons with the Buccaneers, Idzik began as a pro personnel assistant in 1993 and was ele-vated to director of football administration in 1996 before assuming assistant general manager duties from 2001-03. The Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season.
During his career, Idzik has been a member of eight NFL playoff teams, four divisional champions, two conference championship participants and a Super Bowl champion. He has been involved in the resurgence of three franchises to a championship caliber in Tampa (Super Bowl XXXVII Champions), Arizona (eventual NFC Champions) and Seattle (eventual Super Bowl XLVIII Champions).
His football career began in 1982 coaching at SUNY Buffalo as a wide receivers as-sistant. He then spent the 1990 season in Scotland with the Aberdeen Oilers of the British American Football League where he was offensive coordinator under his father and longtime NFL assistant coach, the late John J. Idzik. He went on to serve as a graduate assistant at Duke University from 1991-92 where he assisted the offensive line and running backs.
Idzik graduated magna cum laude and earned Phi Beta Kappa honors from Dartmouth College in 1982, completing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics while also lettering at wide receiver for the Ivy League Champion Big Green. He later earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke in 1992. He and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Bryant and Bradley and one daughter, Holly.
Chris Polian, a veteran of 22 years of NFL scouting experience, enters his third season as the Director of Player Personnel after having joined the Jaguars in 2013 as Director of Pro Personnel. Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, Polian spent the 2012 season with the Atlanta Falcons as executive scout and three seasons (2009-11) as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. He first joined the Colts in 1998, where he served as director of pro scouting for three seasons (1998-2000). He held the title of assistant director of football operations from 2001-03, was promoted to assistant general manager/football operations in 2004 and spent five seasons (2005-09) as vice president of football operations.
From 1999-2009, the Colts earned a 128-48 regular season record, the best mark in the NFL by a margin of eight games, and earned playoff appearances in 10 of 11 seasons, including seven division titles and a Super Bowl championship in 2006. The club became the only team to win 12-plus games in seven consecutive seasons. Prior to joining the Colts, Polian worked with the Carolina Panthers for four years (1994-97). He was an assistant in the player personnel department for the Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993.
The New York City native earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University in 1993. His father, Bill, a 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, is a former general manager of the Bills (1986-1993), the Panthers (1994-97) and the Colts (1997-2009) and is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN. His brother, Brian, is in his first year as the Special Teams Coordinator at Notre Dame after spending the previous four years as the head coach at Nevada. His brother, Dennis, is in his second year as Director of Player Personnel at Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children, Jack (15), Caroline (13) and Kate (10).
A veteran NFL scout of 27 years, Paul Roell enters his fifth season as the Jaguars assistant director of college scouting after previously serving as regional scout for the Minnesota Vikings for seven seasons (2006-12). Roell has been a part of five division title teams in five of the last 11 seasons, including three AFC South titles with the Indianapolis Colts from 2003-05. He spent 15 seasons (1991-2005) as a member of the Colts staff as an area scout. During his career with the Colts, he helped build a team that became one of the NFL’s elite. The Colts went on to advance to the playoffs under three head coaches – Ted Marchibroda, Jim Mora and Tony Dungy. The Colts had a span of six playoff appearances in seven seasons and amassed a 48-16 regular season mark from 2002-05.
Jason DesJarlais enters his 11th season with the Jaguars and in his role he scouts the Midwest region of the country. He joined the Jaguars as the BLESTO scout for the southeast area on May 18, 2007. Prior to joining the Jaguars, he was the special teams coordinator/defensive assistant at Yale University. While at Yale, he served as an intern for scouting during the Jaguars’ 2006 training camp.
DesJarlais’ college football experience includes stints at Jacksonville University (2005-06) as special teams/recruiting coordinator and secondary coach; the University of San Diego (2002-05) as defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator. Also served as interim head coach in 2003; Bates College (2000-02) as defensive line and strength coach; the University of San Diego (1999-2000) defensive line coach; Humboldt State University (1997-99) as defensive line coach; and the University of Montana (West-ern) (1996-97) as defensive line coach.
DesJarlais attended the University of Montana at Western, playing defensive end there from 1992-95 and twice earning All-America honors (1994-95). He was also named Defensive MVP of the 1996 National All-Star Game. On September 26th 2015 he was inducted to the University of Montana Western Hall of Fame and is a member of the 1994 Hall of Fame Football Team. DesJarlais graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education, in addition to a Master’s in Science (emphasis in Physiology) from Hum-boldt State University.
DeJuan Polk was hired by the Jaguars as the team’s Assistant Director of Pro Personnel on March 1, 2016.
Polk enters his second season with the Jaguars after spending the previous 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2006-15), most recently as the Pro Personnel Coordinator in 2015. Prior to his promotion to Pro Personnel Coordinator, Polk spent three seasons (2012-14) as the Director of Pro Scouting, where he was responsible for scouting all professional leagues, including 15 NFL teams, as well as advance scouting.
During the 2008 season, Polk served as a college scout for the Falcons, covering the Midwest Region and conferences such as the Big Ten and the MAC. Polk began his tenure with the Falcons in 2006 as a Pro Personnel Assistant, coordinating free agent workouts, maintaining the “short-list” and scouting future opponents.
In 2005, Polk served as the defensive tackles coach at South Carolina State following a four-year career (1999-2003) as a defensive tackle at Clemson University. Polk and his wife, Katrina, reside in Jacksonville.
Mark Ellenz enters his fifth season with the Jaguars. He was promoted to the Director of College Scouting in January 2016, after joining the team as the Eastern regional scout in 2013. Prior to joining the Jaguars, Ellenz spent 12 seasons with the India-napolis Colts, including the last seven as an area scout. He joined the Colts in January of 2001 and served five seasons as a scouting assistant. Before joining Indianapolis, he was an assistant defensive backs coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2000. He graduated from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2001 with a master’s degree in sports administration. Ellenz also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1998, where he was a three-year letterman at strong safety. He spent the 1998-99 seasons as an assistant training camp coordinator with the New Orleans Saints. He and his wife, Sara, have two children, Isabel and Max.
Tim Mingey has been with the Jaguars since the team’s inception in 1994. He has the responsibility of scouting the Southeast region of the United States. In February 2010, Mingey was presented the C.O. Brocato Scout of the Year Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mingey is one of six current staff members who joined the franchise in 1994. Before joining the Jaguars, Mingey spent 11 years as a college assistant coach and then 10 years as a recruiting coordinator. His college coaching career began in 1973 as defen-sive coordinator/inside linebackers coach at St. Joseph’s College (Ind.), where he had been a three-year varsity letterman as a defensive back. He was a graduate assistant at Western Michigan in 1974-75 before serving as defensive coordinator at Loyola Academy in 1976 and returning to Western Michigan as an assistant coach from 1977-81. In 1982, Mingey was coach of the secondary at East Carolina, and in 1983, he coached at Miami (Ohio) University as defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach.
In 1984, Mingey was named the recruiting coordinator at the United States Military Academy. He served there until 1987, and then spent 1988-90 as recruiting coordi-nator at Tennessee. In 1991 Mingey returned for three more years at the U.S. Military Academy before joining the Jaguars.
Mingey received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from St. Joseph’s College in 1972 and a master of arts in physical education in 1976 from Western Mich-igan. Mingey was born January 1, 1950 in Chicago.
MANAGEMENT • PLAYERS • 2016 IN REVIEW • HISTORY • RECORDS • FRANCHISE FACTS
Antonio Robinson was hired by the Jaguars in May 2013 and is in his fifth season in the NFL. He was promoted to College Scout in June of 2016. He is responsible for scouting the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States, covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Robinson provides reports on the top players in that area.
Robinson is a Tallahassee, FL native who has nearly three years of coaching experience at the high school level. He served as the running backs coach at Leon High School, where he was responsible for conducting drills and helping develop game plans. Rob-inson graduated from Florida State University in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. His brother, Anthony, is a regional scout for the Atlanta Falcons.
Jared Kirksey is in his 10th season in the NFL and his fifth season with the Jaguars. Kirksey was originally hired by Jacksonville in May 2013 to serve as the BLESTO Scout for the Jaguars player personnel department and was promoted to College Scout prior to the 2014 season. Kirksey will serve as the Jaguars primary college scout in the
Jarrod Highberger is in his eight season overall with the Jaguars and fifth season as a scout after being promoted from Scouting Assistant to College Scout on May 6, 2013. He is responsible for scouting the Southwest area of the United States.
Highberger joined the Jaguars in December of the 2010 season as an administrative assistant in the player personnel department following a two-year coaching tenure at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, where he served as the quarterbacks coach under head coach Joe Walton. The Colonials were Northeast Conference champions in 2010.
A native of Blairsville, Pa., Highberger earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Ad-ministration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Tartans under Head Coach Rich Lackner. He obtained a master’s degree from Robert Morris University in Instructional Leadership during his coaching tenure.
Jarrod is married and resides in Pittsburgh.
Chris Snee, two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl selection, was hired as a college scout on June 14, 201.7
Snee will evaluate collegiate offensive linemen, travel to visit collegiate prospects across the nation and provide reports to Jaguars Director of College Scouting Mark Ellenz. Snee will also assist Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano Jr. with the team’s offensive line unit at minicamp and training camp practices, and as needed. Snee previously served as a consultant for the Jaguars at the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Snee, 35, started 141 career games during 10 seasons with the New York Giants (2004-13) after originally being selected in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Snee was a first-team All-Pro in 2008, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.
Snee attended Boston College and was a second-team All-America selection at right guard. A native of Susquehanna County, Pa., Snee attended Montrose H.S. and was a two-time All-State selection, as well as a three-time All-Conference pick.
Snee and his wife, Kate, have four children: Dylan, Cooper, Walker and Hartley.
Marty Miller is in his 16th season with the Jaguars, joining the organization on Feb-ruary 21, 2002. He is in his ninth season as the West Coast regional scout for the Jag-uars. In addition to covering the West Coast, Miller has some additional pro personnel responsibilities scouting select free agents on NFL rosters.
Previously, Miller worked the Northeast United States as a regional scout. In his initial season in Jacksonville, he worked as the team’s scouting assistant. In that capacity, he assisted the pro scouting department evaluating players in NFL Europe, the CFL, the Arena League and doing some advance scouting of NFL teams and their practice squads. Miller also served as coordinator of football administration for the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL, and he worked as a part-time staff assistant for the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. He is the son of Les Miller, a longtime NFL personnel director.
Diagnosed with Young Onset of Parkinson’s Disease in 2009, Miller hopes to use his platform as a representative of the NFL as a springboard to Parkinson’s awareness and education. A graduate of Pacific Christian College, he and his wife, Kerinda, live in Boise, Idaho, with daughter Channing and son Gannon.
Northeast, covering Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, Delaware, New Hampshire, Mary-land, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Kirksey spent three seasons (2010-2012) with the Buc-caneers and two years prior with the Houston Texans (2008-09), where he served as the College and Pro Scouting Intern. During his time with the Texans, Kirksey was in charge of evaluating specialists (punters, kickers, long snappers) from all 32 teams around the league, among other numerous duties. Kirksey also worked closely with Texans General Manager Rick Smith and Director of Personnel Brian Gardner in evalu-ating free agents and the status of the organization.
Kirksey played collegiately at the University of Central Florida. He was born on July 29, 1985 in Gainesville, Florida. His father, Larry, previously served as the wide receiv-ers coach for Jaguars and the Houston Texans.
Belongia enters his second season with the Jaguars as a college scout after previously serving as a scouting assistant in the Jaguars personnel department following the 2015 NFL Draft. He was an intern with the Jaguars equipment staff for the 2014 sea-son. Belongia served as an equipment staff intern while in high school with the Green Bay Packers in 2007 and spent seven seasons assisting the club’s equipment staff. He graduated from St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin) in 2014.
Greg Jones was hired as a scouting associate on June 7, 2016 after previously serving as a coaching intern.
In his current role, Jones supports all of the college area scouts in the team’s per-sonnel department.
Jones, who played nine seasons for the Jaguars before completing his career with the Houston Texans, was originally a second-round selection (55th overall) by the Jaguars in the 2004 NFL Draft and played fullback, primarily blocking for running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones appeared in 115 games with 67 starts during his nine-year career in Jacksonville, totaling 911 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 270 carries. Jones also added 437 career receiving yards and three receiving touch-downs on 68 catches during his tenure with the Jaguars.
Jones was a four-year standout at Florida State University before graduating with a major in sports management in the spring of 2004. Jones totaled 23 career rushing touchdowns and 2,535 career rushing yards, the sixth-most rushing yards in school history.
Jones and his wife, Dana, currently live in Jacksonville with their kids Greg (13), Caden (9), Carter (4) and Aston (2).