Mike Sheppard

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This article is about the football player and coach. For the baseball coach, see Mike Sheppard (baseball).
Mike Sheppard
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Wide receivers coach
Team Jacksonville Jaguars
Biographical details
Born (1951-10-29) October 29, 1951 (age 63)
Playing career
1969–1972 California Lutheran
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1976 California Lutheran (assistant)
1977–1978 BYU (GA)
1979 U.S. International (OC)
1980–1981 Idaho State (assistant)
1982 Long Beach State (assistant)
1983 Kansas (OC)
1984–1986 Long Beach State
1987–1991 New Mexico
1992 California (OC)
1993–1995 Cleveland Browns (TE 93, WR)
1996 Baltimore Ravens (WR)
1997–1998 San Diego Chargers (OC)
1999–2000 Seattle Seahawks (QB)
2001 Buffalo Bills (OC)
2002–2004 New Orleans Saints (QB)
2005 New Orleans Saints (OC)
2007–2010 Cincinnati Bengals (WR)
2011 Jacksonville Jaguars (QB)
2012–2013 Jacksonville Jaguars (WR)
Head coaching record
Overall 25–68

Mike Sheppard (born October 29, 1951) is an American football coach and former player.

Sheppard would start building his reputation as a sound offensive coach early. In 1983 as offensive coordinator at Kansas, he helped guide QB Frank Seurer to 2,789 yards and 14 TD. RBs Kerwin Bell, E.J. Jones, and Robert Mimbs combined to run for 1,295 yards and 9 TD. WR Bob Johnson had 58 catches for 1,154 yards and 7 TD. The team would score over 30 points in five games despite finishing the season at 4-6-1 including a 26-20 win over #10 USC and a 37-27 win over #19 Missouri.

From 1984 to 1987, he served as the head football coach at Long Beach State, where he compiled a 16–18 record through three seasons. In 1984 to 1985, he compiled back-to-back non-losing seasons at 6–6 and 6–5, respectively. From 1987 to 1991, he took the head coaching job at the University of New Mexico, and led the Lobos to a 9–50 record. His best season with New Mexico was a 3–9 season in 1991.

As offensive coordinator for one season at California in 1992, he helped guide QB Dave Barr to a season where he threw for 2,343 yards and 19 TD. RB Russell White ran for 1,069 yards and 9 TD. He also guided WR Sean Dawkins to 65 catches for 1,070 yards and 14 TD. Despite going 4-7 on the year, the team would score over 40 points on three separate occasions.

Sheppard was the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers in 1997 and 1998, the Buffalo Bills in 2001, and the New Orleans Saints in 2005. He was the wide receivers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2007 to 2010.

In February 2011, Sheppard was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars to replace Mike Shula as quarterbacks coach.[1] He was moved to wide receivers coach on November 30 to replace fired coach Johnny Cox.


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Preceded by
Joe Pendry
Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Kevin Gilbride
Preceded by
Mike McCarthy
New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Doug Marrone