La Canfora’s Latest: Jaguars, Rams, Lions, Pats

The Jaguars are expected to consider Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith for head coach, a source tells Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, while Jacksonville could also express interest in a multitude of NCAA coaches, including Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze. Previous reports have indicated that the Jaguars and GM Dave Caldwell could also look at New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Atlanta play-caller Kyle Shanahan, while Tom Coughlin will definitively interview for the job.

Here’s more from La Canfora:

  • The Rams aren’t only targeting high-profile names such as Jon Gruden and Josh McDaniels for their head coaching vacancy, according to La Canfora, who reports that Los Angeles will also look at lesser-known options as it seeks to replace Jeff Fisher. Rams management thinks highly of offensive coordinators Sean McVay and Shanahan, per La Canfora, and will probably be involved in LA’s hunt.
  • While several coaching jobs are expected to come open at season’s end, NFL front offices likely won’t see many changes, writes La Canfora. Aside from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, most executives are on solid ground, as even clubs with poor records such as the Browns, Bills, Rams, and Jaguars are likely to opt for stability among its decision-makers.
  • Although his offensive has succeeded in Detroit, Lions play-caller Jim Bob Cooter could miss out on head coaching gigs because of his name, which doesn’t project a “corporate” image, reports La Canfora. Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia could also be denied jobs due to his shaggy look, which doesn’t fit the NFL’s CEO culture.
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15 comments on “La Canfora’s Latest: Jaguars, Rams, Lions, Pats

  1. TJECK109

    Discrimination in the NFL? There should be a shottenheimer rule that requires at least one coach with a weird name be interviewed. As for Patricia he might be a little more grown out but Tomlin has a beard.

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  2. fathead112805

    So now we need a “Redneck Rule” for the shaggy hair and hillbilly name head coaching candidates…

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  3. mikedickinson

    And this is why some teams never win anything. Not hiring a good coach because of his name or look is stupid.

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  4. TDKnies

    Jim Bob and his name I’m not sure about, but not hiring a coach because of his looks? No way. I mean we got fat guys, we got dinosaurs, we got a ginger, we got a pirate (sorry Zimmer I hope your eye gets better), we got Jim McAdo who I swear is just some fan they grabbed out of the stands one week and put a headset on. If we can handle all those then surely we can handle a guy with a lumberjack beard, right?

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    • TDKnies

      Can’t even get his name right. Sorry to you too Ben McAdoo

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  5. redking

    I think teams would be more successful if they held the personnel people accountable instead of just recycling coaches.

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  6. ToddinSeattle

    What does “corporate” even mean in regards to the NFL? I’ve got nothing against Lovie Smith, but is Lovie more corporate? C’mon NFL. As for the shaggy thing, win games or look good losing, you make the choice GMs.

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  7. Larry

    The Jaguars are never going to field a great team if they keep selecting 2nd rate coaches and players. Time to open up the wallet and give a little. Stop spending money on foolishness like stadium jumbo trons and swimming pools

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    • mrpadre19

      The money spent on the stadium is completely separate from the on field money.
      Come on….you have to know this.
      As far as second rate players and coaches…. everyone thought the Bradley hire was a good one at the time and the team is actually loaded with talented players.
      You do realize NFL Owners and GM’s aren’t able to use hindsight when they hire……right?

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      • Larry

        Sorry but not true. Per cents paid both by city and team you should know that. Talented players really you need to rethink that.

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        • jbscooter

          I think if Jacksoville wants to keep bortles then jim bob cooter has got to be in the mix.

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  8. fisher40

    Discrimination because of a name and appearance. This is one of the reasons why the NFL is turning into a joke the last 6 years

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  9. JROrl

    I think the REAL reason why owners and GM’s would shy away from Mr. James Robert Cooter centers around his arrest record. Below is the link to a local news item. link to local8now.com

    I believe the mayor of his native Fayetteville, TN is Mr. Robert Joseph “Bobby Joe” Vagina. I do think Jacksonville is a potentially great fit, but I think the incident described in the above link would further curl the mustache of Mr. Khan.

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