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Senior Bowl: OC search "following the process"


MOBILE, Ala. – The wait continues.

And while the names are out there, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley upon arriving at the Reese's Senior Bowl early Monday evening opted not to discuss them specifically.

But when it comes to the Jaguars' offensive coordinator search, Bradley – entering his third season as the Jaguars' head coach – made a couple of things clear Monday.

He feels really good about the process.

And he still doesn't have a hard, fast timetable on completing it.

"We're just following the process," Bradley said Monday upon arriving at the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl, where he and the Jaguars' coaching staff will coach the South team in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Saturday.

"We're trusting it. You're trying to put together a team with your staff as well. You're trying to fit personalities with what our objective is, and you're really trying to meet the needs of the organization and the players."

This is the second consecutive season the Jaguars' staff has worked the Senior Bowl. They coached the South team to a victory in last year's game, and opted to take the opportunity again this season when Tampa Bay passed on the chance for its staff to coach the game.

The Jaguars drafted four players who played in last January's Senior Bowl last offseason, including three from the South team: cornerback Aaron Colvin, linebacker Telvin Smith and defensive end Chris Smith. They also drafted guard Brandon Linder, who played on the North team.

"To be around these guys is so helpful," Bradley said.

Bradley's focus in the weeks and days before traveling to Mobile Monday has been squarely on finding a coordinator for an offense that ranked 31st in the NFL each of the last two seasons.

"You make a lot of phone calls; you watch a lot of tape," Bradley said. "You talk to players, though that's difficult because of the timing, but you have a pretty good feel for what the players are looking for."

The Jaguars have interviewed seven candidates the for the coordinator position that became vacant when Bradley dismissed offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch on December 30, with former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase interviewing on Sunday.

New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn interviewed Saturday, with former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson – the Jaguars' quarterbacks coach in 2012 – interviewing last week as well as former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and former Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Former Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson and former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed the previous week and weekend.

Bradley said the idea wasn't to enter the process with a preconceived notion of which candidate would specifically fill certain roles as much as seeing how potential candidates might fit together on the staff.

"We talked about, 'There are a lot of good candidates out there – let's not say that it has to be a quarterback coach or a running back coach or an offensive line coach,'" Bradley said. "We said, 'Let's find out about really good people and really good coaches and let's explore every avenue.'

"It's the process that it is. It's coming together. We didn't put a time frame on it. We wanted to go until it was right. That's what we're looking at right now."

Various media reports on Monday indicated the Jaguars were strongly considering Marrone, Olson and Gase in some combination. Gase reportedly was scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night about the offensive coordinator position left vacant when Gary Kubiak joined the Denver Broncos as head coach.

Also around the Senior Bowl:

*Tony Boselli, a five-time Pro Bowl selection while playing left tackle for the Jaguars from 1995-2001, will work with the Jaguars' coaching staff as an assistant offensive line coach this week. Boselli, a member of the Jaguars' radio broadcast team, said he is not pushing for an NFL coaching position immediately – with the Jaguars or otherwise – though he said he perhaps might like to coach sometime in the future. …

*The South practice is expected to begin at 3:30 Eastern Tuesday and run until 5:30 at Fairhope High School in Fairhope, Alabama, near Mobile. The North practice will run from 1:15-3:15 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Those are the first practices of the week. The first practices of Senior Bowl week previously had been held Monday, but Executive Director Phil Savage altered the schedule this week to allow team officials to travel to Mobile on Monday and to reduce fatigue among players throughout the week. …

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