JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars reportedly have moved forward with their head-coaching search.
With one game remaining in the 2021 regular season, and with their head-coaching position vacant since December 16, the Jaguars reportedly have interviewed three candidates for that position: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, former Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson and former Indianapolis Colts/Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell.
Bowles reportedly interviewed with the Jaguars Monday, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press. Pederson reportedly interviewed with the Jaguars last Thursday, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
Caldwell reportedly interviewed with the Jaguars Tuesday, according to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.
Bowles and Pederson are two of seven reported candidates, a list that includes:
The list includes:
- Former Indianapolis Colts/Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell, who coached the Colts to the Super Bowl following the 2009 season. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the Jaguars' interest in Caldwell on December 26.
- Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Tom Pelissero reported on December 28 that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Eberflus.
- Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, the Jaguars' quarterbacks from 2015-2016 and their offensive coordinator from 2016-2018. Tom Pelissero reported December 28 that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Hackett.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, a quarterback for the Jaguars from 2003-2006 after being the franchise's first-round draft selection in 2003. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported on December 28 that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Leftwich.
- Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on December 28 that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Moore.
The Jaguars dismissed former Head Coach Urban Meyer on December 16.
Below is a breakdown of the reported candidates for the Jaguars' head-coaching position:
Todd Bowles, former New York Jets Head Coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator
Background: Buccaneers defensive coordinator (2019–present), Jets head coach (2015–2018), Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator (2013–2014), Philadelphia Eagles interim defensive coordinator/secondary (2012), Miami Dolphins interim head coach (2011), Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary (2008–2011), Dallas Cowboys secondary coach (2005–2007), Cleveland Browns secondary coach (2004), Browns secondary/nickel package (2001–2003), Jets secondary coach (2000), Grambling State defensive coordinator/secondary coach (1998-1999) and Morehouse College defensive coordinator/secondary coach (1997).
Record as head coach: 26-41 regular-season record with Jets.
Doug Pederson, former Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach
Background: Eagles head coach (2016-2020), Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator (2013-2015), Eagles quarterbacks coach (2011-2012), Eagles quality control coach (2009-2010), Calvary Baptist Academy Head Coach (2005-2008).
Record as head coach: 42-37-1 in regular season with Eagles (46-39-1 including postseason with playoff appearances following 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons; NFC South title following 2017 and 2019 seasons; won Super Bowl LII following 2017 season).
Jim Caldwell, former Indianapolis Colts/Detroit Lions Head Coach
Background: Dolphins assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach (2019), Detroit Lions head coach (2014–2017), Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator (2013), Ravens interim offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2012), Indianapolis Colts Head Coach (2009-2011), Colts assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach (2002-2008), Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach (2001), Wake Forest head coach (1993-2000), Penn State quarterbacks coach (1986-1992), Louisville wide receivers coach (1985), Colorado wide receivers coach (1982-1984), Northwestern offensive assistant (1981), Southern Illinois wide receivers coach (1978-1980), Iowa graduate assistant (1977).
Record as head coach: 62-50 regular season NFL (64-54 including postseason), 26-22 with Colts (28-24 including postseason with playoff appearances following 2009 and 2010 seasons, AFC South titles those seasons and a Super Bowl appearance following 2009 season), 36-28 with Lions (36-20 including postseason with playoff appearances following 2014 and 2015 seasons).
Matt Eberflus, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator
Background: Colts defensive coordinator (2018-present), Cowboys linebackers coach/passing-game coordinator (2016-2017), Cowboys linebackers coach (2011–2015), Browns linebackers coach (2009-2010), Missouri defensive coordinator (2001–2008), Toledo defensive backs coach (1999-2000), Toledo outside linebackers coach (1996–1998), Toledo recruiting coordinator/outside linebackers coach (1994–1995), Toledo graduate assistant (1993), Toledo student assistant (1992).
Nathaniel Hackett, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator
Background: Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator (2019–present), Jaguars offensive coordinator (2016–2018), Jaguars quarterbacks coach (2015-2016), Buffalo Bills offensive (2013-2014), Syracuse University offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends coach (2011–2012), Syracuse passing-game coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends coach (2010), Bills offensive quality control coach (2008-2009), Buccaneers offensive quality control (2006–2007), Stanford specialists/recruiting coordinator (2005), Stanford offensive/defensive assistant to the coordinators (2003-2004), UC-Davis assistant linebackers coach (2003).
Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator
Background: Buccaneers offensive coordinator (2019–present), Cardinals interim offensive coordinator (2018), Cardinals quarterbacks coach (2017-2018).
Kellen Moore, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator
Background: Cowboys offensive coordinator (2019–present), Cowboys quarterbacks coach (2018).