I think everyone is waiting with bated breath, hoping Greg Roman is the choice to be our 4th Head Coach in franchise history. There is almost unanimous agreement in NFL circles that Roman is prepared to be an NFL head coach and that he has the background, makeup, temperament and ability to make a terrific one. I think I speak for many Jag fans in saying I hope he is hired. But many fans are also intelligent enough to know that for a head coach to be truly successful he needs solid lieutenants and here is my hope for a dream team staff in Jacksonville:
Head Coach- Greg Roman
Offensive Coordinator- Geep Chryst. Geep Chryst is the brother of Pitt Panthers head coach Paul Chryst and he has an extensive background coaching offensive in the NFL and actually served as Jim Harbaugh's offensive coordinator for a year in San Diego. But he has earned his most deserved accolades completely rejuvenating Alex Smith's career and making him a legitimate franchise Quarterback. His 12-4 season last year and his victory in his duel against future hall of famer drew Brees proves that. He then worked his magic on a very raw talent out of Nevada, Colin Kaepernick. There was no denying Kaepernick had talented when he was drafted but many questioned whether he could adapt to the NFL style of play and whether his skills would carry over out of the WAC. Well With Chryst's coaching those questions were answered and he has defeated Fom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and has his team in the NFC championship game. He would make a great offensive coordinator and he would fit w Roman's philosophy.
QB's Coach- Chris Weinke. The former FSU standout QB and Heisman Trophy winner is one of the most cerebral players ever and is widely regarded as a fantastic teacher of the game. He currently heads up the the Madden IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, FL and he has worked with an extensive list of top flight QB's as they prepared to be drafted. He is credited with polishing Cam Newton's game before the Panthers picked him #1 overall. He is one of the hottest names in coaching and has been linked to many offensive coordinator jobs and QB coaching jobs. We may have a distinct advantage, however, as Greg Roman coached him when he played QB for the Carolina Panthers. Their connection may help us land him.
Running back's coach- Syl Croom. Retaining Croom would be a solid move as he has a long and storied career with some of the NFL's best backs. In the midst of a trying year he did a good job getting production out of a hodge podge of backs including Jalen Parmele, Montell Owens, Richard Murphy and Keith Tosten.
Wide Receivers coach-Jerry Sullivan. Keeping Sullivan on staff so he continue working w our young, ascending receiving core would be a coup. He has past connections to Greg Roman as Roman was his receivers coach when he worked as offensive coordinator there under Dennis Green. Keeping Sullivan so he can continue to work with Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon would be HUGE.
Oline Coach- Paul Wulff. The former Washington State head coach is currently a Senior Offensive Assistant for the 49ers. His specialty is the offensive line. He would make sense for Roman because of his familiarity and background.
Defensive Coordinator- Paul Donatell. This is most likely the most important hire because with Roman's background being primarily offense this individual may be given almost complete control over his domain and no one is more ready for that responsibility than Paul Donatell, the former Falcons and Packers defensive coordinator. He had success at both stops, with his teams reaching the NFC title game in both places. He is in high demand as a defensive coordinator prospect and he may elect to go somewhere where he can be with a colleague.
Linebackers coach- Mark Duffner. Getting a great position coach like Duffner to stay on would be a big success.
D-Line Coach- Rod Marinelli. Scoring a great defensive line coach like rod Marinelli would be an absolute home run for Greg Roman. He may be a long shot as he may elect to join Monte Kiffin on staff in Dallas or follow Lovie Smith if he gets a job at one of the last remaining vacancies.
Special Team Coach- Alan Lowry. Alan Lowry is a hall of fame special teams coach in my opinion and the architect of the music city miracle play that ultimately led to the titans making their first and only Super Bowl berth. He coached the titans and oilers special teams for 17 years and his record is impeccable. Jacksonville experienced the brunt of his special teams units may times and as recently as week 17 when his punt returner Darius Reynaud returned 2 punts on us for touchdowns. He also developed Marc Mariani as a punt/Kick returner and he made the pro bowl. He helped Eric Metcalf's career as well. He might be most known for his prowess coaching kickers. He developed Al Del Greco and then undrafted Rob Bironas and made him one of the best kickers in NFL. He'd be a great, great hire
So there goes. There are other position coaching positions that would need to be filled but that is an all star staff that could bring Super Bowls to Jacksonville and execute Dave Caldwell's vision.