How’d we get here? Timeline of Jaguars’ lengthy coaching search

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars coaching search drags on, with no end in sight.

Jacksonville has seen two of its top candidates hired by other teams. Its rumored interest in Byron Leftwich has reached a standstill, with reports suggesting that current general manager Trent Baalke is an impediment in bringing him in as head coach.

So, what’s the latest?


Justin Barney and Jamal St. Cyr on the search for the new Jaguars’ head coach


The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. begins practice on Tuesday. Sure, six other NFL teams have yet to hire head coaches, but the Jaguars had a head start on all of those but the Raiders. Ideally, a new staff would already be in place for the Senior Bowl to be there and scouting.

Nathaniel Hackett was hired by the Broncos on Thursday. Matt Eberflus was hired by the Bears that day, too.

How did we get here and what happens next?

Here’s a look at Jacksonville’s coaching timeline.

Dec. 16: Urban Meyer fired after a series of missteps and a 2-11 record. Darrell Bevell named interim head coach for the final four games of the season.

Dec. 21: Jaguars allowed to begin virtual interviews with candidates who are currently coaching for other NFL teams.

Dec. 30: Interviews galore.

• Jaguars conduct an interview with Doug Pederson.

• Jaguars conduct a virtual interview with Byron Leftwich.

• Jaguars conduct a virtual interview with Matt Eberflus.

Jaguars conduct a virtual interview with Nathaniel Hackett.

Jan. 3: Jaguars conduct a virtual interview with Todd Bowles.

Jan. 3: Jaguars conduct an interview with Jim Caldwell.

Jan. 13: Jaguars conduct interview with Bill O’Brien.

Jan. 20: Jaguars conduct face-to-face interview with Eberflus.

Jan. 24: Jaguars conduct interview with Vic Fangio.

Jan 25: Jaguars conduct face to face interview with Leftwich.

Jan. 25: Local Jaguars fan Eric Dillard, who has broken numerous Jaguars-related news over the year, tweets that Leftwich will be the next head coach.

Jan. 26: Jaguars fans excitement grows with the social media buzz about the potential hiring of Leftwich.

Jan. 27: Jacksonville head coaching candidates Matt Eberflus is hired by the Bears and Nathaniel Hackett is hired by the Broncos.

Jan. 27: Reports that Leftwich wants Arizona director of pro personnel Adrian Wilson for GM.


About the Authors:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.

Cole joined News4Jax full-time in January 2017, but he has been a part of the team since he began filling in as a sports anchor in 2005.