The Jaguars — and more specifically, Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell — are thought to have interest in Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. The Jaguars haven’t definitively signaled that they’ll fire incumbent head coach Gus Bradley, but with Jacksonville sitting at 2-11, the team seems likely to make a change once the season ends.
McDaniels, of course, has already had one go-round as a head coach, as he led the Broncos from 2009-10. After beginning his Denver tenure with an 6-0 record, McDaniels proceeded to post a 5-17 record from there on out, losing the team amid reports of micromanagement. He was fired midway through the 2010 campaign, then spent a year with the Rams before returning to the Patriots.
Recent reports have indicated that McDaniels is likely to pursue head coaching vacancies this offseason, and McDaniels himself has stated he’d “love” to be a head coach again. However, some observers believe that McDaniels might stick in New England as a “coach-in-waiting” ready to take over when Bill Belichick retires. Either way, the Jaguars figure to have competition if they pursue McDaniels in the coming weeks, as he’s already been mentioned as a candidate for the Rams’ coaching vacancy.
Now 40, McDaniels was linked to the Titans and Dolphins vacancies last offseason, but never officially interviewed for either position.
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