After a brief courtship by Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Michigan Wolverines linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary will be staying in Ann Arbor for the foreseeable future. The news was first reported by Sam Webb of 247Sports/The Michigan Insider.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Monday that Meyer would be interviewing him for a spot on his staff as he makes his jump to the NFL. Jean-Mary has ties to the Jaguars in assistant head coach/linebackers coach Charlie Strong, with whom he worked with at Texas and South Florida.
Jean-Mary was retained by Michigan’s coaching staff despite a defensive shakeup this offseason in moves that were spearheaded by the firing of coordinator Don Brown. He elected to remain with the Wolverines under head coach Jim Harbaugh and new coordinator Mike Macdonald and has doubled down on that with the news that the Jaguars job will not be something he is contending for.
Michigan’s defensive staff is now locked in with Macdonald and Maurice Linguist co-coordinating the defense, Shaun Nua coaching the defensive line, Jean-Mary working with the linebackers and George Helow coaching the safeties. Linguist will also be coaching the cornerbacks.
Harbaugh’s revamped staff on offense sees him taking on quarterback coaching duties along with Mike Hart coaching the running backs, Jay Harbaugh coaching the tight ends and special teams, Ron Bellamy coaching the wide receivers and Josh Gattis and Sherrone Moore co-coordinating the offense. Moore will also be taking on offensive line coach duties.