The Jaguars have had a bit of turbulence as they try to replace Urban Meyer, but a favorite has emerged as Colts’ defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was the first candidate to be invited back for a second interview. An important aspect of Jacksonville’s search, Eberflus has received a strong backing from Jaguars’ general manager Trent Baalke, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Baalke has a reputation for being a difficult general manager for head coaches to work with. Back when Baalke was the 49ers’ general manager in 2014, many reports of clashes with Jim Harbaugh littered the season, which ended with San Francisco and Harbaugh parting ways. This has made the search for a new head coach difficult as La Canfora reports that top candidates for the job are “only seriously considering it if assured Baalke would be out following the draft.” Baalke has been accused by sources of trying to prize his job security while securing a head coach.
Baalke first endorsed University of Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, but, after O’Brien interviewed for the position, Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan‘s son, Tony Khan, and a high-ranking official with the team shared their issues with O’Brien’s history of toxicity.
With O’Brien out of the running, Baalke set his sights on Eberflus. The four-year defensive coordinator in Indianapolis has overseen a top-10 scoring defense in three of his four seasons calling the defense. Eberflus’s defense was exposed by the very team he’s interviewing for when the Colts’ allowed 26 points in a must-win Week 18 loss to the Jaguars that eliminated Indianapolis from postseason contention.
Jacksonville’s willingness to seriously consider the candidate Baalke prefers points to them potentially wanting to keep Baalke as general manager. If this is the route they follow, it will likely tie Baalke’s future to Eberflus’s. There are still several candidates alive in this search, though. Keep track of the situation by following our 2022 NFL Head Coaching Search Tracker.
6 comments on “Jags’ GM Backs Eberflus for HC”
jaguars are gunna jaguars
Just say no…
If the Jaguars are smart, they won’t listen to a thing this dude says. He singlehandedly destroyed the 49ers.
Well they hired him, so clearly they aren’t smart
I like the idea of a defensive HC for the Jags but this guy I don’t think is the right one.
Brain Flores looks like the best available.
I also like Todd Bowles.
Obviously, Baalke isn’t going anywhere and Eberflus has had a great track record with the Cowboys and then with the Colts. I would prefer someone with head coaching experience like Flores, Caldwell, or Pederson, but I don’t think any of them are willing to work with Baalke, and that says a lot when you have Trevor Lawrence as your starting QB. The owner, Shad Khan is just not going to part with Baalke for unseen reasons but I do think that he is on an extremely short leash. That leash being two years as he has already had one year, and dog him if you may, but he made some pretty good draft picks in 2021. Tyson Campbell looks really good. Andre Cisco, Walker Little, and Travis Etienne who got injured before the season started could end up being a big draft class. Besides, didn’t he have a lot of great draft classes under Harbaugh if I’m not mistaken? I’m willing to give Eberflus a chance here under Baalke for a few seasons. That’s it. 3.