The Jacksonville Jaguars cast a wide net in their search for a defensive coordinator. Nearly two weeks after dismissing Mike Caldwell, they've yet to find his replacement. Then again, that's to be expected when there are so many qualified candidates for the position. Among them is Baltimore Ravens pass game coordinator/safety coach Chris Hewitt.
After a brief NFL career as a player, Hewitt began coaching in the NFL. He started at the collegiate ranks, with stops at Notre Dame and Rutgers. He then made the leap to the pros in 2012, when he became the Ravens defensive backs coach. Hewitt has helped develop the likes of cornerback Marlon Humphrey and safety Kyle Hamilton, so it's fair to say that he boasts a pretty good resume.
Hewitt reportedly had dinner and interviewed with the Jags this past week. If he gets the job, he may want to bring in some of the players he coached and interacted with in Baltimore. While it would be a herculean task to convince defensive tackle Justin Madubuike to come to Jacksonville with him, these three Ravens players could come aboard.
3. Brent Urban, defensive end
If someone asks you to name a player from the Ravens defense, linebacker Roquan Smith, safety Geno Stone, or Justin Madubuike will come to mind first. Near the end of the list, Brent Urban's name will pop up, but that's not because he's a bad player. Far from it. It's just that the Baltimore defense is so stacked with talent, that a handful of players won't get nearly as much recognition.
Now, Urban doesn't have a feature role but he's a solid rotation player. A fourth-round pick by the Ravens in 2014, the Virginia product is in his second stint in Baltimore. He left in 2019 and spent time with the Tennessee Titans, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Bears before returning to the Ravens in 2022.
Urban registered three sacks and 13 pressures last season. While he doesn't excel as either a pass rusher or run stuffer, he plays both well. He would be a solid rotational piece on a Jacksonville defensive line that had a hard time containing the run in the second half of the 2023 season. Also, it wouldn't be cost-prohibitive to lock him up.