During Urban Meyer's opening press conference with the Jaguars, he made it clear that building the best staff around him is priority number one. "I've got to get a great staff, not a good staff, a great staff," Meyer told the media. "And when people are recommended, I've had a multitude of people calling and my comment is to save the recommendation unless you feel that person is elite in all areas. Because that's what Jacksonville deserves and that's what we're going to have on our staff."
Since then, Meyer and the Jaguars have been linked to some big names in the coaching world. A not so well known name, at least nationally, is Anthony Schlegel, who, according to Lettermen Row, has accepted the Jaguars' strength coach job. Schlegel was a linebacker at Ohio State after Transferring from Air Force. He was drafted in the third round of the 2006 draft and spent five years playing professionally. Schlegel quickly got into coaching after his playing career, joining Ohio State's staff in 2011 as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Schlegel worked for Meyer at Ohio State for several years and made national headlines when he tackled a fan that stormed the field (don't get any ideas, Duval). Most recently, Schlegel worked on the media side of things hosting a radio show in Columbus, Ohio. Landing a former pro player and coach that knows Urban Meyer's system well shouldn't come as a surprise. Meyer's program demands players be in elite physical condition. He wants his teams to play fast, and that's not possible without a top-notch strength and conditioning program.
Back to the big names, according to Albert Breer, the Jaguars have an interest in adding Anthony Lynn to the staff, potentially as the offensive coordinator. The former Chargers' head coach, the majority of Lynn's time as a coach, has been spent as a running backs coach. Lynn was the Jaguars' running backs coach in 2004-2005. He had some impressive offensive output with the Chargers and led the number one rushing attack in the NFL in 2016 as the Bills' OC/interim head coach.
Breer also mentioned Steve Addazio, a former Meyer assistant at Florida who has since held several head coaching gigs. Right now, he's the head coach at Colorado State, so that sounds like a reach, but stranger things have happened.
And Breer confirmed that Ryan Stamper, a former player under Meyer at Florida and assistant at Ohio State, will be the Jaguars' director of player assessment.
Two coaches that surfaced as potential coordinators over the weekend, Scott Linehan and Joe Cullen, will interview with the Jaguars early this week per Ian Rapoport. Linehan has found success as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when given earnest talent to work with. Cullen has never served as a defensive coordinator at the pro level, but his work as a defensive line coach has been outstanding, and his intensity level would seem to be a match for what Meyer is looking for in his staff. It's also been reported that the Jaguars might try to land Cullen as a defensive assistant with a promotion from defensive line coach, such as run defense coordinator.
Raheem Morris, one of the premier defensive minds in football, is scheduled to meet with Urban Meyer for dinner on Tuesday before formally interviewing with Jaguars' brass on Wednesday. Morris most recently served as the Falcons' defensive coordinator and interim head coach after Dan Quinn's firing. Throughout his career, Morris has employed several different defenses from a schematics standpoint, but he cut his teeth with the Tampa 2.
Accordingto Aaron Wilson, the Jaguars also have an interview scheduled with Anthony Weaver. Weaver has worked as a linebackers coach, defensive line coach, and was most recently the Texans' defensive coordinator in 2020. He played linebacker at Notre Dame when Urban Meyer was an assistant and later got his first coaching gig with Meyer at Florida in 2010 as a grad assistant. He was a second round pick by the Ravens in 2002 and played professionally for seven year.
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