The Jaguars could seek to replace staff members with veteran coaches of the NFL
It looks as though the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for plenty of experience to fill their opening coaching vacancies. Per several reports, head coach Doug Marrone has scheduled meetings with both Scott Linehan and Ben McAdoo this week. The news comes less than a week after it was announced former offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and the team “mutually parted ways” after a lackluster 6-10 season.
DeFilippo has since taken a position as the Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach. The Jaguars currently have three positions on the coaching staff to fill this offseason – offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and an assistant running backs coach.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN broke the news about Linehan, who was also scheduled to meet with the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers. No word on what position the veteran coach would be in line for here with Jacksonville.
Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network broke the news about McAdoo as he was interviewing for the offensive coordinator position specifically. McAdoo was the offensive coordinator with the New York Giants and replaced Tom Coughlin as head coach in 2016.
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One name that surfaced as a potential candidate to join Marrone’s staff, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, will never come to fruition as he was named the New York Giants offensive coordinator on new head coach Joe Judge.
The Jaguars may still interview other candidates as they wait for their availability. Bringing in a coach with experience on the NFL level is important, especially if Gardner Minshew is the starter next season in his second year with the team.
Jacksonville had one of the worst scoring offenses in the league last season, ranking 26th in the NFL at 18.8 points per contest. Those numbers are worse when you look at the fact Jacksonville has a 1,000-yard rusher in Leonard Fournette and a 1,000-yard receiver in DJ Chark.
Minshew threw for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games this past season. Whoever the Jaguars bring in to fill the coordinator role for the upcoming season will have to deal with one of the youngest rosters in the NFL – one that may get younger if the front office releases several key veterans due to salary cap constraints.
"“Currently, the Jaguars have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, ranked seventh (25.51 years old) in terms of overall average roster age which includes every player currently signed by the team, and tied for third youngest (25.7 years old) when taking into account all players who contributed in 2019,” Demetrius Harvey of Big Cat Country writes."