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Ranking the Jaguars’ 8 best coaching candidates to replace Urban Meyer

The Jaguars’ much-hyped hiring of coach Urban Meyer is formally a complete catastrophe. Team proprietor Shad Khan fired Meyer on Dec. 16. Jacksonville was 2-11 with the three-time school soccer nationwide champion at the helm. Meyer was introduced in after a 1-15 marketing campaign in 2020.

Khan lastly reached a boiling level with Meyer after questionable coaching and reviews of dissension all through the group, however the steam towards a one-and-done breakup had been constructing for a very long time. There had been questionable selections concerning coaching (Chris Doyle?) and personnel (Tim Tebow?) earlier than the season. During the season, the Jaguars’ rocky on-field efficiency dragging down No. 1 total quarterback Trevor Lawence. There additionally was Meyer’s submit Week 4 off-field indiscretion, which added to the risky combine.

MORE: Timeline of dysfunction in Jacksonville beneath Meyer 

Khan made a splashy, sizable funding in Meyer, however after one final detrimental story, he determined not to give him an prolonged likelihood to flip issues round. A fast firing throughout the 2021 NFL season was primarily based on Meyer shedding the respect of gamers in addition to all these video games. 

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Darrell Bevell was named interim coach rather than Meyer, however he is not a part of SN’s record of no-brainer targets for Jacksonville’s subsequent full-time coach. All of them are constructed to produce actual outcomes with Lawrence:

MORE: Meyer reportedly known as Jaguars assistants ‘losers,’ ordered RB James Robinson benching

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Byron Leftwich, offensive coordinator, Buccaneers

Leftwich, 41, has accomplished super work as Bruce Arians’ protege getting in sync with the biggest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. The former Jaguars beginning quarterback maybe ought to have already returned to his first NFL house, transferring three hours up the highway from Tampa.

Leftwich could be an superior affect on Lawrence with all of his expertise. It does not damage he can now boast a few Super Bowl ring.

Kellen Moore, offensive coordinator, Cowboys

Moore is barely 33, however does it actually matter with the manner he is turned Dak Prescott and Dallas into a flexible and explosive scoring juggernaut? He’s proved to be mature past his years, sufficient in order that offensive-minded Mike McCarthy had to make the vital sensible transfer and maintain him as the play-caller. The former Boise State star quarterback would have enjoyable designing methods to maximize Lawrence’s dazzling ability set of massive arm and plus athleticism.

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Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator, Chiefs

If the man serving to Brady or Prescott does not sound interesting, how about the man working with Patrick Mahomes, who’s lengthy overdue for a head-coaching gig someplace at age 52? Again, all the things wants to be about making an attempt to develop Lawrence into an elite quarterback as rapidly as doable. Remember that Mahomes was MVP in Year 2, his first season as a full-time starter.

Joe Brady, former offensive coordinator, Panthers

Or why not the man who labored so brilliantly with Lawrence rival Joe Burrow in school? Again, Khan and the Jaguars should not care one bit that Brady turned solely 32 in September. He helped win a nationwide title in school and has labored effectively beneath Sean Payton earlier than the odd dismissal from the Matt Rhule’s employees in Carolina.

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Shane Waldron, offensive coordinator, Seahawks

Man, with so many worthy replacements, the Jaguars coudn’t justify retaining Meyer for Year 2. Waldron, 42, has gone from Sean McVay’s employees with the Rams proper into making an attempt to assist Russell Wilson into the next gear, earlier than he and the QB received reined in by extra conservative Pete Carroll. Hey, a younger Wilson was strong-armed and cellular, too! If the Seahawks can go away from the Bevell-Brian Schottenheimer stodginess, the Jaguars can, too.

Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator, Bills

You’ve received to be kidding me. The man who has turned Josh Allen into an elite all-around quarterback can be out there? The 46-year-old deserves his shot given the wonders he is labored in Buffalo. He additionally has invaluable expertise with each Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

Scott Turner, offensive coordinator, Washington

There appears to be a theme right here, does not it? Turner, 39, has made (*8*) offense spectacular even with Taylor Heinicke at the helm. He’s well-pedigreed as Norv’s son and Ron Rivera’s protege.

Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator, Patriots

The 45-year-old practically received a second likelihood to be a head coach in the AFC South when the Colts had been prepared to rent him in 2018, solely to go along with Frank Reich in the finish as a substitute. McDaniels’ time with the Broncos ended greater than a decade in the past in 2010 and he is matured as a play-caller and chief beneath Belichick since then. He provides the Jaguars a copycat cause given what he is accomplished with the prime rookie QB of 2021, Mac Jones.

Wow, it sounds like all of those youthful offensive minds could be an improve over Meyer, giving Khan a whole lot of professionals to go along with one among them after a failed school attempt.

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