4 ways Jaguars can salvage something from the 2021 season
2. Give Jaguars DC Joe Cullen a chance to keep his job beyond 2021.
Interim head coach Darrell Bevell could be one-and-done in Jacksonville. Although he will use the four next games to stuff his resume and may be given the opportunity to interview for the vacancy Urban Meyer left, it’s highly likely the Jaguars will have a new head coach in place next year. Whoever ends up getting the job will surely bring in his own coaching staff, which means that Bevell will probably be shown the door.
On the other hand, Joe Cullen could have a realistic shot to stay beyond in 2021. Even though the Jags have struggled to score points this season, their defense has done a good job of preventing opponents from scoring and the next head coach might want to retain him. The Jags aren’t great at creating turnovers but they are good at generating pressure up front, and Cullen has done a good job of developing young players.
Rudy Ford has thrived in the slot after mostly playing special teams for most of his NFL career. Rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell has become a fixture of the Jags’ secondary and Safety Andrew Wingard has become a starter. An undrafted free agent in 2018, Dewey has started every game this season. He has a limited ceiling but the fact that he’s gotten where he is now speaks volumes about Cullen’s tutelage.
Joe Cullen has helped the Jaguars stay in games and he will make his case to keep the job regardless of who’s the next coach.