Is Bucs OC Leftwich No Longer An Option For Jaguars?

Final week it appeared like Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich could be named the top coach in Jacksonville. Actually, the Jaguars needed to rent Leftwich, but it surely hasn’t occurred but.

What’s occurring in Jacksonville? And is Leftwich’s candidacy useless there?

Rather a lot hinges on what Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan decides to do with present basic supervisor Trent Baalke, who’s unpopular with followers and inside the NFL group. Leftwich interviewed with the Jaguars two weeks in the past. He would have taken the job solely on the situation that Baalke get replaced with Arizona vice chairman of professional scouting Adrian Wilson. Leftwich and Wilson grew shut whereas working along with the Cardinals in 2017-18.

That hasn’t occurred but, regardless of a tweet from long-time Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki suggesting which may happen on January 27.

Baalke doesn’t have an amazing popularity across the league and desires to rent a coach that he can management to guard his job in Jacksonville.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn declined into interview for the Jaguars job, and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett withdrew their names from consideration. Chicago employed Ebeflus as head coach, whereas Hackett landed in Denver. None needed to work with Baalke in cost.

On Monday comes a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Jaguars will now interview former Raiders interim head coach Wealthy Bisaccia, in addition to Jaguars interim head coach Darrell Bevell. Here’s a full checklist of Jaguars candidates.

There’s additionally phrase that the Jaguars need to interview Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell. However that may’t happen till after the Tremendous Bowl. The Jaguars had an opportunity to interview O’Connell weeks earlier within the course of, however failed to take action. That may be a clear indication about how tousled the hiring course of is in Jacksonville with Baalke main the best way.

Former 49ers operating again Michael Robinson just lately blasted Baalke, who was an unpopular basic supervisor in San Francisco from 2011-16, on NFL Community.

Leftwich received’t be leaving for Jacksonville until Khan removes Baalke. As a substitute, the Bucs retain the play-caller for one more season until Leftwich’s title surfaces for one more head coach emptiness, akin to New Orleans. Or until the Jaguars change their thoughts.

The Saints supposedly requested permission to interview Leftwich, however NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport means that received’t be occurring this week.

This additionally implies that Larry Foote and Kevin Garver will keep in Tampa Bay, too. Foote, the Bucs outdoors linebackers coach, was anticipated to depart with Leftwich and change into the Jaguars defensive coordinator. Garver, the Bucs huge receivers coach, was a potential departure with Leftwich to change into the Jaguars offensive coordinator.


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