The Jacksonville Jaguars would get a coach with a proven track record.
Ryan Day started his coaching career as the tight end coach for Wisconsin in 2002. He went on to coach for different programs and later joined the Philadelphia Eagles as the quarterbacks coach in Chip Kelly’s staff. When Kelly was given the boot in ‘Philly’, he became the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and brought Day with him.
Once the ‘Niners’ fired both Kelly and Day after the end of the 2016 season, the latter got hired by Ohio State. During his tenure with the Buckeyes, Day held different roles such as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator. He even performed head coaching duties on an interim basis when Urban Meyer earned a three-suspension to start the 2018 season.
When Meyer retired after the 2019 Rose Bowl, Day became Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes went 12-0 in his first season at the helm and won the Big Ten championship, which then earned him Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades.
This season, the Buckeyes would only play five games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they won all of them and advance to the Big Ten Championship Game, the second one in back-to-back seasons under Day. More recently, Ohio State defeated Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl, which made Day the first Buckeyes head coach to beat the Tigers in bowl games, a feat Meyer nor Woody Hayes couldn’t accomplish during their respective tenures.