Rumor: Doug Pederson in the mix for the Jaguars’ head coaching job?
The Urban Meyer Era in Jacksonville lasted all but 11 months and only 13 games into his first season. Tasked with changing the culture in Jacksonville, Meyer did quite the opposite. Eventually, upper management became fed up with the on-and-off the field game of grab ass that Meyer and his team displayed so far this year.
The Jaguars currently rank 30th in total offense and 27th in terms of points allowed per game. On top of that, their generational number one overall pick is having a less than stellar rookie campaign. His 58.2 completion percentage is 29th amongst all quarterbacks, with nine touchdowns to 14 interceptions and PFF’s 30th ranked passing grade (55.4), just above Zach Wilson at 55.2.
Rather than ruin a potential franchise-altering quarterback with a head coach who had more scandals in his first couple of months than most coaches in their entire career, the Jags cut ties with Urban. The timing of this could not be worse for Meyer, who just missed one of the craziest coaching carousels among elite college teams in quite some time.
One of the more veteran players on the team, cornerback Shaquill Griffin, had this to say about what kind of head coach is necessary to change things down in Jacksonville.
Shad Khan will now search for his 5th head coach since purchasing the team back in 2012. A list of names has popped up around the internet, including Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Another name floating around rumor circles is non-other than the Eagles Super Bowl-winning head coach, Doug Pederson.
Dougie P currently resides in Jupiter, Florida, a mere 3-hour drive away from Jacksonville. His track record with Carson Wentz is complicated, but there is no denying that Doug Pederson had Wentz in the MVP conversation during his second season in the league. Rather than hire a first-time head coach, Khan could bring the former Eagles coach to Jacksonville, hoping that his magic with Wentz in Philadelphia can somehow translate to Trevor Lawrence.
Doug Pederson seems like the safest fit in Jacksonville to truly change the culture and mold Trevor Lawrence into what he’s supposed to become. However, Shad Khan is anything but safe. Between his constant attempts to relocate the Jaguars to London and his awful track record of hiring coaches, nothing is out of the realm of possibilities for Shad.
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