The Jaguars were expected to kick their coaching search into overdrive by Monday afternoon but haven’t experienced nearly as much hullabaloo as some people expected. (Find up to date NFL Lines at MyBookie).
Right now, though, the Jaguars need more of a push in their coaching search because it could mean receiving their pick of the assistant coach litter.
The longer they wait, the more assistants they will lose as it becomes a game of musicals chairs that the Jaguars desperately need to win.
Rumors have suggested an interview has been scheduled for interim head coach Doug Marrone, whose second game with the franchise ended in a 24-20 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.
Denver, Buffalo, Jaguars, Los Angeles and San Francisco are all likely to fight over the same list of coordinators; a list that includes individuals with head-coaching experience and those looking for their first shot.
Looking at the Jaguars, they will likely target a candidate with an offensive background and also head-coaching experience.
It is difficult to determine just how long this particular coaching search will take. In the 2002 season, it took them 19 days to make the necessary hires; that number came down to 11 days after the 2011 season, then rose to 18 days after the 2012 season. Once General Manager Dave Caldwell came on board in 2012, the coaching search barely took a week.
If the Jaguars delay the search, they are bound to fall further down the attractiveness list with more jobs opening up in the coming days and weeks.
Indianapolis is an interesting component to consider; there is a chance that general manager Ryan Grigson and Coach Chuck Pagano could receive the boot from Jim Irsay; if that happens, all the coaching talent will set its sights upon the Colts. While a spot like San Diego is an uncertain franchise where no one would be surprised if they went looking for a first-time head coach.
The Jaguars still have ways to go before getting their hands on a coach, primarily because of the procedures they must traverse; they have to submit paperwork to the NFL office to get the necessary permission to talk to coaches of other teams.
This includes coaches whose contracts are expiring; once this is done, the Jaguars will have to send officials to talk to assistant coaches on teams with a playoff bye later this week. This will probably include Kyle Shanahan from Atlanta, Josh McDaniels from Boston and Scott Linehan from Dallas. McDaniels is most likely their target; rumors have already surfaced suggesting that the Jaguars have reached out to McDaniels. Because of the considerable emphasis they are placing on head-coaching experience, the Jaguars will probably ignore Shanahan who has been an NFL assistant for 13 years.
The Jaguars have a big decision to make and quickly if they hope to turn their underperforming team around with the best candidate available.
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