JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The search for the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars is officially underway.
Tuesday was the first day Jaguars owner Shad Khan could request to interview candidates around the NFL.
According to a report, the Jaguars have requested to speak with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich as well as Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Jaguars also have requested permission to talk to Bucs’ DC Todd Bowles, per source. So Jacksonville is interested in both Bucs’ coordinators. https://t.co/0X0teLCV9A— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2021
Leftwich, a former Jaguars quarterback, has been Tampa Bay’s play-caller for the last three seasons. The Bucs currently have the second-best offense in the NFL led by Tom Brady.
Leftwich has been praised by Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and Brady for his work with the Bucs offense. He is viewed as one of the hot names in this coaching cycle.
Leftwich was the Jaguars’ first interview request but it won’t be the last.
According to reports, the Jaguars also requested to interview Jim Caldwell, Leslie Frazier, Doug Pederson and both Dallas Cowboys coordinators — offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. The team will also allow current Jaguars interim head coach Darrell Bevell to interview for the position.
Jacksonville #Jaguars keep adding names to their coaching search:— 366 Sports (@366Sports) December 28, 2021
Former PHI HCDoug Pederson
Bucs Todd Bowles
Bucs Byron Leftwich
DAL Kellen Moore
DAL Dan Quinn
BUF Leslie Frazier
IND Matt Eberflus
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The next coach will replace Urban Meyer who was fired by Khan after a 2-11 record and numerous public relations nightmares.