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Ranking of the 8 best Jaguars coach candidates to replace Urban Meyer

The high-profile hiring of trainer Urban Meyer by the Jaguars is officially a total disaster. Team owner Shad Khan fired Meyer on December 16. Jacksonville was 2-11 with the three-time national college football champion at the helm. Meyer was recruited after a 1-15 campaign in 2020.

Khan finally reached a boiling point with Meyer after questionable coaching and reports of dissent across the organization, but the steam towards a definitive breakup had long been forming. There were questionable decisions regarding training (Chris Doyle?) And staff (Tim Tebow?) Leading up to the season. During the season, the rocky performances of the Jaguars on the pitch brought down No.1 quarterback Trevor Lawence. There was also Meyer’s off-screen indiscretion after week 4, which added to the volatile mix.

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Khan made a big and big investment in Meyer, but after one last negative story he decided not to give him an extended chance to turn things around. A quick layoff in the 2021 NFL season was based on Meyer losing respect for the players as well as all of those games.

Darrell Bevell has been named interim coach in place of Meyer, but he’s not on SN’s list of obvious targets for Jacksonville’s next full-time coach. All of them are designed to produce real results with Lawrence:

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Byron Leftwich, Offensive Coordinator, Buccaneers

Leftwich, 41, did a huge job as Bruce Arians’ protégé in tune with the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. The former Jaguars starting quarterback may have already had to return to his first NFL home, a three-hour drive from Tampa.

Leftwich would have an impressive influence on Lawrence with all of his experience. It doesn’t hurt that he can now boast of a Super Bowl ring.

Kellen Moore, Offensive Coordinator, Cowboys

Moore is only 33, but does it really matter how he turned Dak Prescott and Dallas into a versatile and explosive heavyweight? He turned out to be mature beyond his years, enough that offensive-minded Mike McCarthy had to make the right choice and keep him as the caller. The former Boise State star quarterback would have fun devising ways to maximize Lawrence’s dazzling bigarm and athletic skills.

Ranking of the 8 best Jaguars coach candidates to replace Urban Meyer
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Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator, Chiefs

If the guy helping Brady or Prescott doesn’t look attractive, what about the guy who works with Patrick Mahomes, who’s long been waiting for a head coaching job somewhere at 52? Again, it all has to be about trying to make Lawrence an elite quarterback as quickly as possible. Remember, Mahomes was MVP in Year Two, his first season as a full-time starter.

Joe Brady, former Panthers offensive coordinator

Or how about the guy who worked so brilliantly with Lawrence’s rival Joe Burrow in college? Again, Khan and the Jaguars shouldn’t be concerned that Brady was only 32 in September. He helped win a national title in college and did well under Sean Payton before Matt Rhule’s odd staff dismissal in Carolina.

Ranking of the 8 best Jaguars coach candidates to replace Urban Meyer
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Shane Waldron, Offensive Coordinator, Seahawks

Male, with so many worthy replacements, the Jaguars couldn’t justify keeping Meyer for the second year. Waldron, 42, moved from Sean McVay’s staff to the Rams in an attempt to help Russell Wilson shift into high gear, before him and the QB was held back by more conservative Pete Carroll. Hey, a young Wilson was that strong and mobile! If the Seahawks can pull away from Bevell-Brian Schottenheimer’s numbness, so can the Jaguars.

Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator, Bills

You laugh. Also available is the guy who made Josh Allen an elite quarterback? The 46-year-old deserves his shot given the wonders he has done in Buffalo. He also has invaluable experience with Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

Scott Turner, offensive coordinator, Washington

There seems to be a theme here, doesn’t there? Turner, 39, made Washington’s offense spectacular even with Taylor Heinicke at the helm. He has a good background as Norv’s son and Ron Rivera’s protégé.

Josh McDaniels, Offensive Coordinator, Patriots

The 45-year-old almost had a second chance at being an AFC South head coach when the Colts were ready to hire him in 2018, only to eventually go with Frank Reich instead. McDaniels’ time with the Broncos ended over a decade ago in 2010 and he has matured as a player and leader under Belichick since then. He’s giving the Jaguars a reason to imitate given what he’s done with 2021 top rookie QB Mac Jones.

Wow, it looks like any of those young offensive minds would be an improvement over Meyer, giving Khan plenty of pros to go with one after a failed college try.

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