The Jacksonville Jaguars fired head coach Urban Meyer after just 14 weeks in the NFL. Meyer was fired for myriad reasons, including, but not limited to, not flying home with the team ahead of their bye week and allegedly kicking placekicker Josh Lambo and cursing at him.
Now, the Jaguars will need a new head coach for the 2022 season. Here are three potential options for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ next head coach.
Byron Leftwich is tailor made for the Jaguars’ head coaching job. Not only has he been coordinating one of the best offenses in the NFL, but he has been doing it with the winningest quarterback in the history of the league, Tom Brady. Those credentials could get him the job outright.
Leftwich also was quarterback for the Jaguars for four seasons (2003-2006). He took the Jags to the playoffs in 2005-2006 and went on to win a Super Bowl as a backup in 2008. Given that Leftwich already has name recognition and Jacksonville needs someone who understands the quarterback position to tutor Trevor Lawrence, this seems like the best option for both sides.
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is a mainstay of articles like these. Ever since Patrick Mahomes took the league by storm and took the chiefs to their first of three straight AFC Championship games, Bieniemy has been targeted. No team has ever pulled the trigger, though.
If the Jaguars want Lawrence to take the Mahomes-type leap, they maybe should consider his offensive coordinator. He will need a very good defensive coordinator to get the most out of a talent-poor roster, but Bieniemy can get the Jags where they want to go quickly.
Much like Bieniemy, Kellen Moore is also becoming a perennial contender for a head coaching hire. Moore is currently the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator and was also a quarterback in the league for multiple seasons.
The Cowboys’ offense has not looked quite as sharp this season, despite their excellent record, but Moore may not be completely to blame for that. He is serving under a fairly conservative and old-school head coach in Mike McCarthy, which could be hamstringing some of the more creative play designs. But, again, the Jaguars need the most out of Lawrence and soon. So why not hire a former quarterback?
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