JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator.
Mallory has 27 years of coaching experience, including 22 years at the collegiate level. He spent the last five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, including four as assistant special teams coach and one (2011) as assistant secondary coach.
Mallory also worked at Louisville (2007), Kansas (2006) and Illinois (2001-05). He began his coaching career at Indiana (1986-87) and had stints at Kent State (1988-90), Eastern Illinois (1991-92), Rhode Island (1993-95), Northern Illinois (1996-99) and Maryland (2000).
His father, Bill, was head coach at Indiana, Colorado, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio). Mike Mallory's youngest brother, Curt, is the secondary coach at Michigan, and his brother Doug is the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Indiana.
NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.
"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."
Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.
"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is planning to retire according to a report from ESPN.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Luck felt mentally worn down and had met with team owner Jim Irsay to inform him of his decision.
Team officials did not immediately confirm the report.
The report came during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Chicago Bears
The 29-year-old Luck has struggled to recover from a lower left leg injury.
Luck's former coach Chuck Pagano made his first return to Lucas Oil Stadium since he was fired as the Colts' head coach following the 2017 season. Luck did not play that season because he was recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder.
He returned last season and led the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time in four years, winning the league's Comeback Player of the Year award.
But in March, he suffered a strained left calf, was held out of all of the team's offseason workouts and returned on a limited basis for three practices at training camp in July. Lingering pain forced him back to the sideline and the Colts later determined that he had an injury near the back of his left ankle.
Coach Frank Reich had said he hoped to have an answer about Luck's availability for the Sept. 8 season opener after the third preseason game.
Jacoby Brissett, who also didn't play Saturday, would take over as the starter.