In wake of the Los Angeles Rams firing head coach Jeff Fisher, the LA Times is looking for potential replacements. In an article where Sam Farmer examines potential candidates, he writes "Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell is believed to be interested in (Josh) McDaniels, so the Rams’ being on the hunt for a coach could impact how the Jaguars deal with Coach Gus Bradley, who is 14-47 in nearly four seasons".
There's a lot to unpack here. First of all this report doesn't actually confirm that Caldwell is interested in McDaniels, it states that Caldwell is "believed to be interested in (Josh) McDaniels". Farmer may be covering his ass just in case Caldwell isn't actually interested in McDaniels. He may have gotten info from Josh McDaniels' camp or agent or any other number of sources. In addition to the vague language, this statement also assumes that Dave Caldwell will still be the Jaguars general manager in 2017, which isn't a given, although many think that Caldwell will get at least another year. Let's just assume for the sake of this discussion that Caldwell is the general manager for the Jaguars in 2017. The bottom line is this report doesn't give Jaguars fans anything concrete to hold onto. But what it does do is raise this question:
Should Dave Caldwell be interested in Josh McDaniels?
The answer is simple.
Josh McDaniels has a really interesting story. He comes from a coaching family, has previous head coaching experience in Denver, has gotten the very best out of each QB he has worked with, and can seemingly adapt to any personnel thrown at him. Obviously I'm painting a very pretty picture of this potential Jaguars coaching candidate.
Detractors will argue McDaniels is a loose cannon that regulary made rash decisions during his last oppurtunity to be a head coach. They'll also be quick to point out that his greatest success has come under the GOAT Bill Belichick. When McDaniels earned his reputation for making rash decisions he was only 33 years old. Since then he's had over five year to grow as a coach, and continue learning under Belichick. This well written piece would certainly have you believe that McDaniels has done a lot of growing up since he was fired by the Broncos in December of 2010. For more info on McDaniels you can check out this article, where I looked at some potential replacements for Bradley.
Whether or not you like Josh McDaniels, he's a name that will be linked to the Jaguars job until he or the Jaguars go in a different direction.
So what do you think? Would you like to see McDaniels on the home sideline at EverBank Field? Why or why not?
Let us know in the comments below!
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