Jaguars coaching rumors: Jacksonville expected to interview Byron Leftwich, Bill O'Brien, Nathaniel Hackett

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Could Byron Leftwich's NFL communicative travel afloat ellipse this offseason?

The Buccaneers violative coordinator is expected to interrogation for the Jaguars' head-coaching occupation successful the adjacent future, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Jacksonville selected Leftwich with the No. 7 wide prime successful the 2003 NFL Draft, and helium played for the Jaguars from 2003-06. After starting his coaching vocation with Bruce Arians' Cardinals unit successful 2016, Leftwich reconnected with Arians in 2019, and helium has earned plentifulness of praise from some Arians and Bucs backmost Tom Brady implicit the past 2 seasons.

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"Byron has been astonishing for maine to enactment with, and I cognize he'll have a batch of [head-coaching] opportunities," Brady said past month. "He'll do a large job."

“Byron (Leftwich) has been astonishing for maine to enactment with…” Tom Brady said of OC Byron Leftwich, who volition interrogation to the Jags HC job. Brady believes Leftwich volition get his opportunities to beryllium a HC successful the future. pic.twitter.com/X0b7KSmizT

— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 30, 2021

But Leftwich isn't the lone violative coordinator connected the Jaguars' radar.

The franchise is besides acceptable to interrogation Packers violative coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Alabama violative coordinator Bill O'Brien. Hackett volition behaviour his interrogation during the archetypal week of the NFL playoffs, arsenic Green Bay has already clinched the No. 1 effect successful the NFC and a first-round bye. Jacksonville volition interrogation O'Brien adjacent week aft Alabama plays successful the College Football Playoff title crippled connected Monday, according to The Florida Times-Union's John Reid.

Similar to Leftwich, Hackett has a erstwhile narration with the Jaguars organization, having served arsenic the team's quarterbacks manager (2015-16) and violative coordinator (2016-18) earlier joining Matt LaFleur's staff.

"When [the Jaguars] reached retired early, I owed it to this organization, each these players, we wanted to beryllium capable to wrapper up that No. 1 seed," Hackett said Thursday. "That was truthful important to do. And it's perfectly an grant to beryllium adjacent considered for thing similar this. So we're going to bash [the interview] during the bye due to the fact that we wrapped up that No. 1 seed.

"We're truly excited astir the opportunity. I mean, it's a imagination for immoderate shot manager to adjacent person an accidental to perchance go a caput coach."

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Jacksonville fired Urban Meyer connected Dec. 16 aft a tumultuous 13-game agelong that featured mediocre play and an abundance of off-the-field drama. Darrell Bevell took implicit arsenic the interim caput manager aft Meyer's firing, and helium has expressed interest successful becoming the caput manager connected a imperishable basis.

Unfortunately for Bevell, the Jaguars' involvement successful respective extracurricular candidates could mean that his clip moving the squad volition beryllium short-lived. In summation to Hackett and Leftwich, Jacksonville is expected to see Todd Bowles, Jim Caldwell, Matt Eberflus, Kellen Moore, Doug Pederson and Dan Quinn arsenic Meyer's replacement.

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