Just days after Gus Bradley, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, decided to fire relieve Jedd Fisch of his duties as offensive coordinator, a trio of candidates were named as possible targets.
Now, a few weeks into a search where Bradley made it known that a ‘wide net’ would be cast, it’s a different trio that appears atop the team’s wishlist. After interviewing former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, college roommate of general manager David Caldwell, the team decided not to offer Roman the job, thus he decided to take the same position with the Buffalo Bills under Rex Ryan.
While Marc Trestman would’ve been a hire geared towards developing quarterback Blake Bortles, Roman and the next two candidates the team talked with – Kirby Wilson and Anthony Lynn – it was clear Bradley wanted to get his ‘bell cow’ going in the backfield.
Wilson spent 2014 as the running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings after spending six seasons in the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sure, his list of players he’s worked with is impressive, but I’m not so sure he was someone ready to be an offensive coordinator. Lynn served as the running backs coach and assistant head coach for the New York Jets in 2014. What many don’t realize about Lynn is that he was in Jacksonville in 2003 and 2004 when Fred Taylor was pounding the rock.
Nonetheless, the search continued as no one had been tabbed to replace Fisch. At this point, many fans feared that the team may have lost out on all the best available candidates.
Over the next few days, the Bradley’s search took him north as he brought in former Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Marrone’s offensive coordinator in Buffalo, Nathaniel Hackett. Marrone and Hackett worked together for Syracuse so it’s not surprise both were interviewed. The question is, what position does Bradley have in mind for Marrone?
Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, the Jaguars caught a break as the 49ers decided not to hire former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase as the team’s next head coach. It was then that the light at the end of the tunnel was found and Bradley pounced at the opportunity to interview Gase.
Unfortunately, the Jaguars aren’t the only ones interested in Gase’s services.
With Bradley and company now in Mobile for the Senior Bowl after meeting with Gase, owner Shad Khan has flown back to town to take care of business. Gase however, is en route to Baltimore to interview for their offensive coordinator position.
When Caldwell as hired a few years ago, Khan told him to fly to Florham Park and interview for the Jets general manager opening and make sure he was making the right decision despite already wanting the job here in Jacksonville. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same plan was in play here.
Now several weeks into the search for their next offensive coordinator, the Jaguars have an entirely new trio of targets atop their wish list. This time, they’re not just looking at filling one position, they’ve got their eyes on a much bigger prize, hoping to hire Gase as the offensive coordinator, Marrone as the offensive line coach and former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olsen who served in the same positon with the team under Mike Mularkey, as the quarterbacks coach --- or something like that.
All three targets met with Khan earlier today and with the exception of Gase, are still in town. Will the Jaguars be able to pull of the hiring of all three?
They have one down with Marrone.
Only time will tell as all of Duval patiently waits.
One Down, Two To Go
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