The Jacksonville Jaguars officially ended their search for a new head coach with the hire of Urban Meyer.
While the Jaguars’ hiring of Meyer has been expected since the season’s end, fans are now eager to see who Meyer will bring in as part of his coaching staff. Zac Jackson, an NFL writer for The Athletic, reported that Meyer’s early calls have gone out to coaches with previous NFL experience.
ESPN senior NFL writer, Jeremy Fowler, reported that Scott Linehan was a prime candidate for the Jaguar’s open offensive coordinator position. Linehan has a history of coaching college and NFL teams. He’s previously spent time as the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, and Dallas Cowboys (as well as others). He also served as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2006 to 2008 and most recently spent time as the passing game coordinator at LSU in 2020.
Linehan has seen varied success as a play-caller. He’s helped players like Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, and Calvin Johnson reach some of their best statistical seasons. But he has also struggled at times.
Even though Linehan is credited in part to the development of Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, Linehan was ultimately fired in Dallas due to their passing offense never eclipsing 16th in the league.
Is Scott Linehan a fit for the Jaguars?
Scott Linehan typically runs a spread offense that “spreads” the defense horizontally across the field and uses multiple wide receiver sets. During his time in Dallas, Linehan used a system of timing-based passes that featured a playbook full of play-action and screens.
The Green Bay Packers are one of the best examples out there of an offense that successfully focuses on time-based passing plays.
Meyer has been reported to have been putting together his staff for a few weeks now. Linehan is said to have a longtime relationship with Meyer and now that he won’t be returning to LSU next season, rumors of his candidacy in Jacksonville makes sense.