Hiring Ryan Day would be sort of risky for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nobody will argue the fact Ryan is a successful college coach. The Buckeyes have a 19-1 record with him at the helm and that hasn’t happened by accident. He’s very good at what he does and has been able to get the most out of his players these past two seasons.
Nevertheless, the NFL is a different deal, and success at the college level doesn’t always translate into success in the pros. For every Tom Coughlin or Pete Carroll, there’s a Steve Spurrier and a Bobby Petrino.
This doesn’t mean the Jaguars should disqualify Ryan from consideration. If the organization likes what the Ohio State head coach offers, they, by all means, should interview him. Nevertheless, they have to perform due diligence and make sure he has the qualities that will make him a successful head coach. Ian Rapoport said in his report that Jacksonville will take a few days before making an announcement, so they could be better off taking the time to find their next head coach, in case they indeed part ways with Marrone.
In the end, having the right head coach at the helm will shape the ‘Jags’ for the foreseeable future. They need to make sure they have the best one to lead the team in place.