The Jaguars fired Mike Mularkey on Thursday after one season as head coach and are set to begin a search for the fourth head coach in franchise history. It's still early in the process and more names can be added to the mix, but there have been some potential candidates already discussed to take over in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have requested permission to interview the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator for their head coaching vacancy, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Prior to joining the Rams, Schottenheimer served as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets for six seasons.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN called Armstrong one of three candidates to immediately emerge for the Jaguars head coaching position. Armstrong, if hired, would follow David Caldwell from Atlanta where he has been the special teams coordinator for the Falcons for the last five seasons.
Multiple reports have considered Greg Roman to be a top candidate for the Jaguars head coaching job in the event that Caldwell was named GM. The San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator followed Jim Harbaugh from Stanford when Harbaugh was named the team's head coach in 2011.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports dropped a trio of names that could receive interviews from the Jaguars and one was 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. In his second season as the defensive coordinator of the 49ers, Fangio also has defensive coordinator experience with the Panthers, Colts and Texans.
Of the names that have been tossed around regarding the Jaguars head coaching position, only Mike Nolan has previous head coaching experience. Another potential candidate, according to La Canfora, Nolan served as the defensive coordinator in Atlanta this season and has been a defensive coordinator for six other teams during his NFL career. He was in his fourth season as head coach of the 49ers when he was fired mid-season in 2008.
Previously considered a candidate if Tom Gamble were to become the Jaguars GM, our own Alfie Crow reports that Jim Tomsula is still someone that will warrant attention from the Jaguars. After plenty of coaching experience in NFL Europe, Tomsula has been the 49ers defensive line coach for six seasons and served as the team's interim head coach after Mike Singletary was fired in 2010.
The third and final name that La Canfora called a potential candidate is Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. After two seasons as offensive coordinator, the younger brother of Jon Gruden has received interviews from other teams and is considered an up-and-coming young coach.
Mel Tucker (added 1/11/13)
The Jaguars defensive coordinator served as the interim head coach in 2011 when Jack Del Rio was fired and will be interviewing for the head coaching position according to Adam Schefter. Tucker has been the Jaguars defensive coordinator since 2009.