After being officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Jaguars gave long time GM Dave Caldwell the ax. Doug Marrone, the team's HC of four years, received his pink slip on Black Monday, the day after the end of the regular season.
With an arsenal of draft picks, the most salary cap space in football, young talent on the roster, and a supportive owner, the Jaguars are well positioned to find a suitable HC/GM combo of the future. Team owner Shad Khan said there's much more interest in the openings this time around.
Here, we'll keep you up to date with all the latest news on the Jaguars' search for a new head coach and general manager.
Coaches Linked to Jags:
Meyer's has been the hottest name linked to the Jags dating back to the final weekend of the regular season. There have been a multitude of reports connecting Meyer and the Jaguars. And he has a relationship with team owner Shad Khan from the Big Ten. Meyer is a proven winner with a career record of 187-32 with three National Titles, and he's always gotten the most out of his quarterbacks. But there are concerns about his health and integrity. When it comes strictly to football and building a winning culture, Meyer is THE candidate to watch.
The Jaguars, along with a handful of other teams around the league, have requested to interview Titans' OC Arthur Smith. Smith has served as the Titans' OC for the last two seasons, taking their offensive attack to new heights. His work with Ryan Tannehill is encouraging.
John Lynch confirmed that the Jaguars' requested to interview 49ers' DC Robert Saleh. Saleh spent time in Jacksonville under Gus Bradley and has been one of the hottest names on the head coach circuit in recent years. He's an energetic coach that would likely be able to turn the Jaguars' defense around.
Josina Anderson reported that the Jaguars' requested to interview Falcons' interim HC Raheem Morris. Morris failed in his first stint as a head coach in Tampa, but did an impressive job with the Falcons as the interim HC in 2020. He's a defensive coach that's earned a lot of respect around the league.
The Jaguars are in the process of scheduling an interview with Chiefs' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy per Josina Anderson. The Chiefs' OC has been one of the architects behind the most explosive offense in football and has aided in the development of Patrick Mahomes. There are concerns that Bieniemy is merely a product of Andy Reid, but Reid disciples have faired well around the league. Bieniemy is an all football, all the time former NFL running back.
General Manager Candidates Linked to Jags:
Albert Breer reported that the Jaguars along with the Lions and Falcons have requested to interview Saints' assistant GM of pro personnel/vice president Terry Fontenot. Fontenot has been a key cog in the Saints' personnel department and has helped build one of the most talented rosters in football.
The Jaguars interviewed former Giants' GM Jerry Reese. Reese built two Super Bowl teams and drafted a number of stars during his time in New York. A bad three year stretch led to his dismissal, but he's done some impressive things in the league.
The former Texans' GM interviewed with the Jaguars along with the Falcons and Lions. Smith might be the most accomplished GM candidate when it comes to drafting in the first round. He traded up for Deshaun Watson, drafted JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, Duane Brown, Jadeveon Clowney, and Will Fuller, among others. He's well respected by his former colleagues.
Jaguars' interim GM Trent Baalke interviewed for the vacant job. He formerly filled the role of GM for the 49ers. Baalke had his fair share of hits and misses and doesn't have the best track record in the relationship department, but he did build a roster that got the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
The Jaguars interviewed ESPN analyst and former player/personnel man Louis Riddick. Riddick has no experience as a GM but he's one of the most well respected football minds out there. He's smart, articulate, and has a no nonsense approach.
The Jaguars will interview former Browns' GM Ray Farmer. The GM of the Browns in '14-15, Farmer struggled to identify talent in the first round of the draft. But he drafted Duke Johnson, Joel Bitonio, and Christian Kirksey on day two. He's best known for drafting Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 draft.
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