And the New Jags Head Coach Is…

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Jacksonville Jaguars
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Jack Del Rio is gone, fired as coach of the Jaguars. Enough said.

So who’ll be the new head coach?

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will be the interim head coach for the final five games. Lame duck owner Wayne Weaver says he’ll be considered as the permanent replacement. Forget about it. I have nothing against Tucker, but his resume should say he’s been a “real” coordinator for exactly 11 games. Yes, he’s done a fine job, but it would be a bigger story if he had failed. The team spent more than $100 million on defensive free agents during the offseason. Imagine if they’d spent that kind of money of offensive players – a couple of wide receivers, another tackle, and a running back to rotate with MJD? Wouldn’t the offense be a lot more productive?

The pattern in the NFL these days is to hire young, hot coordinators instead of rotating head coaches from one team to another. There are a number of good candidates.

There also happens to be available more former head coaches with solid resumes than usual. The list starts with Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy and includes Jon Gruden and Jeff Fisher. When their names are mentioned you usually get a response from Jaguars fans like, “No big name coach wants to coach in Jacksonville.”

My reply is: Why not? Put away your inferiority complex Jaguar fans.

Now I don’t know whether or not any of them want to return to coaching, but I think Jacksonville would be an attractive destination if they do. All coaches want to go to teams with a good opportunity to win and the Jaguars present such an opportunity.

The foundation of most winners is a franchise quarterback and a solid defense. While rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert has struggled, it’s much too early to write him off. He has the necessary physical tools to still be considered a future star. Defensively, the Jaguars have excelled, and they’ve done so with young star players signed to long term deals. I’m talking about tackles Terrence Knighton and Tyson Alualu, a solid linebacker group and quality players and depth in the secondary.

You can expect soon-to-be owner Shahid Khan to be generous when he puts a contract on the table for his new head coach. Money will not be an issue.

I also think Jacksonville being a small market will be a positive for a veteran head coach. There’ll be less day-to-day pressure here than in, say, New York or Miami. An NFL head coach can lead a somewhat normal life in Jacksonville when he’s away from football. Jacksonville isn’t known for the paparazzi. He can also live on the ocean in Ponte Vedra Beach or Amelia Island. And he won’t have to pay state tax.

Bottom line: There’s no reason why the Jaguars can’t get the man they want.

  1. LC says:

    Believe Mel Tucker is a good choice for the time being. Would like to think you are right JAX could attract a seasoned coach for 2012.

    David – What are your thoughts about the new owner keeping the team in Jacksonville? At least for the next, say, 5 years? Personally, I don’t think they are very good. Once the new stadium is complete in LA, I think they will be gone.

    • steve says:

      Since Wayne gave his buddy Gene an extension, what big name coach would want to come in and coach the garbage he drafts every year…….

  2. Bob says:

    Hey Dave! Who do you think will be on our “short list” of potential coaches (to replace Del Rio)?

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