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New report clarifies top candidate’s stance on Jaguars head coach job

Dan Quinn

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not been turned down by a top head coaching candidate, or at least not yet.

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn did not turn down the chance to interview for the Jaguars head coach position, according to a new report from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Quinn simply does not want to do any interviews while the regular season is still ongoing, be it with Jacksonville or anyone else.

There had been a lot of chatter that the Jaguars had already missed on Quinn, though that does not appear to be true at this stage. The NFL is allowing staff members to interview with other teams before the season ends, which is a change in policy from previous years. Quinn simply does not want to take advantage of that change, and wants to do things the way they’ve been done in the past.

The Jaguars clearly aren’t struggling to land interviews with coaches who have solid pedigrees. They will simply have to wait a bit on Quinn, but it sounds likely that interview will still happen at some point.

Report: Notable candidate may pass on Jaguars head coaching job

Shad Khan smiling

The Jacksonville Jaguars are casting a wide net with their search for a new head coach, but at least one notable candidate may not be interested in the job.

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has turned down a request from the Jaguars to interview for their head coach job, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s unclear if Quinn would be willing to interview at a later date, but he will not meet with the team during the two-week window that the NFL allows at the end of the regular season.

The Cowboys have clinched the NFC East and have a chance to make a deep playoff run. Quinn might simply be focused on the task at hand for the time being, or it is possible he’s not interested in the Jaguars job. The job may have more appeal to an offensive-minded coach who wants to work with Trevor Lawrence.

Quinn, 51, was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-2020. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 2014.

It will be interesting to see if Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore interviews with the Jaguars, as they also requested permission to speak with him. Jacksonville will reportedly conduct its first head coaching interview on Thursday when they bring in a former Super Bowl winner.

Photo: Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan (Shahid Khan) watches from the sidelines during an NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jaguars to interview former Super Bowl-winning coach

Doug Pederson

The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially begun their search for a new head coach, and their first interview will be with a former Super Bowl winner.

Doug Pederson is set to meet with the Jaguars on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The former Philadelphia Eagles coach will be the first of Jacksonville’s potential list of candidates to interview with the team.

Pederson, 53, was the head coach of the Eagles from 2016-2020. He led the team to a dramatic Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in 2018. Many were shocked when he was fired just two years later.

The Jaguars appear to be casting a wide net with their coaching search. They have requested permission to interview several top coordinators. Pederson is not currently with any team, so that could be a factor in why he is interviewing first. Or, the timing could indicate that he is Jacksonville’s top choice.

Urban Meyer was fired as the Jaguars’ head coach after less than a full season with the franchise. Pederson is a former NFL quarterback, so there would be obvious appeal with having him coach Trevor Lawrence.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jaguars to interview 4 notable coordinators for head coach job

Kellen Moore

The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially begun searching for a head coach to replace Urban Meyer, and their list of potential candidates is taking shape.

The Jaguars have asked for permission to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, according to reports. They have also requested permission to interview Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Leftwich and Bowles have been with the Bucs since Bruce Arians took the head coaching job in 2019. Both assistant coaches helped Tampa Bay win a Super Bowl last season.

Leftwich also played for the Jaguars. They drafted him with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2003 draft. The 41-year-old played for the team from 2003-2006. He was asked about being a head coaching candidate for Jacksonville earlier this month and was in no mood to answer the question.

Moore has been linked to multiple head coaching jobs over the past two seasons. The Cowboys almost lost him to a college job last offseason.

Both Bowles and Quinn have previous NFL head coaching experience. Bowles was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015-2018. Quinn coached the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-2020. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 2016.

Photo: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars finally get some good news to celebrate

Shad Khan smiling

All seems to be pretty negative for the Jacksonville Jaguars at this time. The team has been embarrassed both on and off the field. They’re 2-12. They got shutout last week and lost to the lowly Houston Texans this week. They just fired their head coach in embarrassing fashion.

But there is one silver lining to this entire mess.

With their loss to the Texans and the Detroit Lions’ surprising win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Jags have now moved into position for the No. 1 draft pick.

The Jags had the No. 1 pick last draft after going 1-15 last season and they selected Trevor Lawrence. If this holds, they would be able to have the top pick for the second straight year.

Jacksonville already has their franchise QB, so they could explore trading down to stock up on picks, or they could go with the guy Jim Harbaugh suggests. Detroit also reportedly has someone they’re eying for their first-round pick.

The Jags have lost six in a row. They’re remaining games are at the Jets, at the Patriots and home to the Colts.

Photo: Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan (Shahid Khan) watches from the sidelines during an NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence makes request for Jaguars’ coach search

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars are facing a particularly important head coaching search, and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is taking an interest in the process.

During the broadcast of Sunday’s game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, broadcasters Andrew Catalon and James Lofton said on the air that Lawrence told them he would like to have a say in the hiring of the team’s next coach, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Lawrence said he would like “some role” in the process of finding Urban Meyer’s replacement, though he acknowledged that he was not qualified to make any decisions.

Interestingly, owner Shad Khan apparently agreed with Lawrence and said his rookie quarterback deserved at least some input in the hiring process.

Some might suggest that Lawrence is too young and inexperienced to deserve any say in the Jaguars’ hiring process. However, there’s no doubt that he is their franchise quarterback. The team has staked its future on the development of the first overall pick, and it’s pretty much essential that they get this hire right if they want to maximize Lawrence’s potential.

Lawrence has already shown a willingness to speak out and lead, even if it means clashing with coaches. No wonder giving him input makes sense to Khan and the Jaguars.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer admits the 1 thing with Jaguars he could not overcome

Urban Meyer on the sideline

Urban Meyer experienced more losing in less than a full season with the Jacksonville Jaguars than he did during his entire seven seasons at Ohio State. While the coach faced many challenges with his first NFL gig, it sounds like the most obvious one bothered him the most.

Meyer spoke with Ian Rapoport of NFL Media about his firing on Friday. He discussed the difficulties of losing and said he always tells people it “eats away at your soul.” It was evident how hard of a time Meyer had with losing when he totally snubbed Mike Vrabel, one of his former assistants at Ohio State, after Jacksonville was blown out by the Tennessee Titans last week.

“Someone asked me about Vrabel’s [handshake], we’re really close,” Meyer told Rapoport. “That had nothing to do with him. That’s probably one of my issues why I’ve thought some of the things I said: I can’t take losing. I try to accept it, it just eats away at my soul. And I believe our players deserve better.”

That’s a significant admission from Meyer. Most of his skeptics predicted he would struggle with losing after dominating the college game for so long. There were many factors that went into his ousting in Jacksonville, but that was obviously one of the main ones.

Meyer said after the Jaguars lost their fourth game of the season that his players were “heartbroken.” He also set some ridiculously lofty goals for the team early on. He knew going from a dominant college coach to the coach of a rebuilding NFL franchise would be difficult, but he probably still underestimated the challenges.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Urban Meyer firing motivated by 1 key incident

Urban Meyer in a Jaguars jacket

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to fire coach Urban Meyer seemed to be an abrupt one. A new report indicates, however, that owner Shad Khan decided to make the move after one key issue emerged.

Meyer’s handling of running back James Robinson’s benching was the final straw for Khan, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Robinson had been benched on Dec. 5 after fumbling early in the game, marking the second consecutive week the running back had an extended spell on the sidelines after a fumble. Meyer deflected the blame to running backs coach Bernie Parmalee, but that did not stop quarterback Trevor Lawrence from publicly urging the Jaguars to keep Robinson on the field.

That controversy gained more legs when a bombshell report emerged about Meyer’s treatment of players and coaches. In totality, Khan concluded that Meyer’s dishonesty, character, and leadership warranted the coach’s immediate removal. The mild-mannered Lawrence going public with his frustrations about the Robinson situation was the key factor, and it reportedly had little to do with former kicker Josh Lambo’s allegations on Wednesday.

Interestingly, this backs the assertion Khan made in a statement late Friday.

The Jaguars will contend that Meyer was fired for cause, and do not intend to pay him the remaining money on his contract. The Robinson issue is hardly a breach of contract, so Meyer may well use a report like this to battle that assertion.

Report: Jaguars don’t intend to pay Urban Meyer’s remaining contract

Urban Meyer on the sideline

Urban Meyer became the first NFL coach fired this season when the Jacksonville Jaguars and owner Shad Khan pulled the plug on Wednesday. But this story is only just beginning.

Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter of ESPN report that the Jaguars fired Meyer for cause and do not intend to pay out the remainder of his contract.

The Jacksonville Jaguars fired their former head coach Urban Meyer for cause, sources tell ESPN, with the intention of not paying him the remaining four years of his contract.

A source within the organization said the Jaguars’ reasons for withholding the remaining guarantees are not tied to one specific incident — but rather a cumulation of instances that Jacksonville’s officials believe justified the firing.

Meyer, of course, became an instant lightning rod in Jacksonville. He was widely panned for his decision to sign Tim Tebow to play tight end and things only spiraled from there.

In August, Meyer was investigated for comments he made about vaccinated players. The following month, reports began to surface about conflicts Meyer was having with players. Then came broken media traditions, rumors of Meyer leaving for USC and, of course, a viral video in which the Jags coach could be seen grinding on a young woman who was not his wife.

Somehow, through it all, Meyer remained Jacksonville’s head coach. But the trouble would continue to snowball.

Following a 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 14, Kahn had enough. A fruitless locker-room conversation that provided no long-term answers sealed Meyers’ fate. Accusations of disparaging coaches and players certainly didn’t help, either.

Now the entire situation will become a legal mess, ESPN predicts.

It is not unusual for situations like these — involving negated guarantees — to later be negotiated by the two sides in order to avoid a prolonged legal situation. It will be up to the lawyers involved in any negotiation between the Jags and Meyer to try to figure out if they can resolve the situation.

If the past is any indication, do not expect Meyer or his family to roll over. They’re likely to fight this until the bitter end.

Image: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

New Jaguars coach has already made 1 big adjustment

Darrell Bevell at a press conference

The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing for their first game of the season without Urban Meyer, and it sounds like their interim head coach is already trying to clean up some of the mess that Meyer left behind.

Running back James Robinson was benched for large stretches in consecutive games recently due to some ball security issues. There were reports that assistant coaches wanted to put Robinson back in the game during those times, but Meyer forced Robinson to sit out. Jaguars interim coach Darrell Bevell was asked about Robinson’s status on Thursday, and he gave a very telling response.

“James Robinson is our starting running back and he will be played as such,” Bevell said sternly.

Bevell’s smirk said it all. Keep in mind that he’s also Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator. It’s possible he was one of the people who was overruled by Meyer when Robinson was pulled out of games.

Robinson sat for 20 consecutive plays after he fumbled against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13. He was benched for 16 straight plays when he lost a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons the week before. Carlos Hyde also fumbled against L.A., but he was back on the field on Jacksonville’s next drive.

Robinson rushed for over 1,000 yards last year and has averaged 4.8 yards per carry this season. He’s clearly Jacksonville’s best back. Benching him was viewed by many as a major misstep for Meyer, and even Trevor Lawrence made it clear he did not approve.