Jaguars Set Interviews With Eight HC Candidates

Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars have also requested an interview with Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles for their head coaching vacancy. 

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According to Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars have also requested an interview with Cowboys OC Kellen Moore. Schefter adds Cowboys DC Dan Quinn has also been requested by Jacksonville, while Tom Pelissero reports Jacksonville will speak with former Eagles HC Doug Pederson this week and has requested an interview with Colts DC Matt Eberflus

Pelissero adds Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett has been requested for an interview. Jeremy Fowler reports former Lions HC Jim Caldwell will also interview for the job. 

Jacksonville will also be speaking with OC Byron Leftwich about their opening. Aaron Wilson mentions former Bills DC Leslie Frazier and Jaguars interim HC Darrell Bevell are also expected to get interviews. 

Bowles interviewed for a number of vacancies last year but ended up staying in Tampa Bay and signing a three-year extension. He’s also been linked to the Raiders’ opening this year. 

It’s worth mentioning the NFL changed the rules to allow teams with vacancies to start conducting interviews with two weeks remaining in the regular season. 

Jacksonville’s coaching search includes:

  • Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich (Requested)
  • Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles (Requested)
  • Cowboys OC Kellen Moore (Requested)
  • Cowboys DC Dan Quinn (Requested)
  • Colts DC Matt Eberflus (Requested)
  • Former Eagles HC Doug Pederson (Scheduled)
  • Former Lions HC Jim Caldwell (Scheduled)
  • Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett (Requested)

Head Coach Candidates:

  • Bills DC Leslie Frazier
  • Jaguars interim HC Darrell Bevell

Bowles, 58, began his NFL coaching career with the Packers back in 1995 as a player personnel staff member before working for a number of teams including the Jets, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles and Cardinals.

The Jets hired Bowles as their head coach for the 2015 season and signed him to an extension last through 2020 last year. However, he was fired following the 2018 season.

From there, the Buccaneers hired him as their defensive coordinator in 2019.

During his four years as Jets’ head coach, Bowles led the team to a record of 24-40 (37.4 percent) and no playoff appearances.

In 2021, Bowles’ defense was No. 12 in fewest yards allowed, No. 14 in fewest points allowed, No. 3 in fewest rushing yards allowed and No. 20 in fewest passing yards allowed.

We’ll have more on the Jaguars’ coaching search as the news is available. 

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