Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that the initial interest in the Jaguars’ head-coaching job has been “overwhelming.”
According to Florio, Jacksonville is not expected to do anything unconventional with their coaching search in the coming weeks. However, it sounds like there will be a long list of coaching candidates for the job.
Florio lists former Jaguars and Giants HC Tom Coughlin, Buccaneers DC Mike Smith, Steelers OC Todd Haley, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, Cowboys OC Scott Linehan, and Bills OC Anthony Lynn as external candidates worth watching for the Jaguars.
Beyond that, interim HC Doug Marrone should get some consideration for the job, depending on how things go in the final two weeks of the regular season.
We’ve also seen Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan linked to the Jaguars’ job as well.
In regards to what they’re looking for in their next head coach, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell explained last week that there “won’t be any mandates” in terms of starting QB Blake Bortles. He also added: “I still believe in Blake very much. The head coach will have a lot of input into who the QB will be.”
Caldwell mentioned that ownership expects big things from this coaching search and stressed that NFL head-coaching experience is “critical” for them in their search.
We’ll have more regarding the Jaguars and Coughlin as the news is available.