In line with the reporting of Pewter Report and a number of different retailers, the Jaguars contract discussions with Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich for Jacksonville’s head-coaching emptiness have stalled. Leftwich has been the favourite in Jacksonville for the reason that starting of the method. Whereas many consider he’ll nonetheless in the end be employed as head coach, nothing is for certain proper now.
On Tuesday evening, a number of stories surfaced indicating Leftwich to the Jaguars was pending. However because the hours ticked by on Wednesday, questions started to come up. NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter claimed that the Jaguars hadn’t made a suggestion to a coach but. However a number of native stories, together with one from the Tampa Bay Occasions Rick Stroud, indicated a deal between Leftwich and the Jaguars was right down to contract particulars.
Listening to there are some objects left to clear up contractually however each Byron Leftwich and Jacksonville try to finalize an settlement to make him the Jaguars subsequent head coach.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 26, 2022
Within the midst of conflicting stories, Pewter Report went digging. It appears there’s some leverage play at work right here. Whereas the Jaguars could also be attempting to leverage different candidates to drive down Leftwich’s asking value, greater than cash is at play.
In line with a number of sources, Leftwich has some reservations about working with Jaguars GM Trent Baalke. Some have reported that Leftwich even needs Baalke gone in order that he can herald Cardinals govt Adrian Wilson as common supervisor. Pewter Report can affirm that Leftwich does need Wilson on board in Jacksonville. However the bigger concern will be the present hierarchy in Jacksonville.
Reportedly, Leftwich has some qualms about answering to Baalke and desires extra management and autonomy. Jacksonville has had ample alternative and motive to fireside Baalke, but has not finished so. That has restricted their pool of candidates because of this.
Workers Issues For Jaguars
To make issues worse, Jacksonville might also have considerations about Leftwich’s desired employees. Professional Soccer Community’s Aaron Wilson has reported that Leftwich needs Bucs vast receivers coach Kevin Garver and out of doors linebacker coach Larry Foote on his employees. Presumably, Garver can be the offensive coordinator and Foote the defensive coordinator. Pewter Report can affirm that report, particularly on Foote. The Bucs would probably make a suggestion to maintain Garver as their offensive coordinator, too.
That’s a really inexperienced employees that might be working the present in Jacksonville. A primary-time head coach, and two first-time coordinators. Not one of the three can be older than 42 years previous. So a part of the maintain up could also be as a consequence of Jacksonville’s need to have enter on Leftwich’s employees hirings.
If Leftwich is sensible, he’ll maintain out for what he needs. Will probably be difficult to show down a head-coaching alternative when it comes. However Leftwich is younger and has been remarkably profitable in three years as an offensive coordinator. He obtained his first two head coach interviews ever this month, and extra will come sooner or later. If the Jaguars don’t even assume extremely sufficient of him to offer him the ability to create construction in Jacksonville, Leftwich is healthier off ready one other yr in Tampa Bay.