Jaguars coaching rumors: Mel Tucker to interview for Bills defensive coordinator job, per report

Al Messerschmidt

The Jaguars defense ranked No. 6 in 2011, but fell to No. 30 during the 2012 NFL season.

The Buffalo Bills have been granted permission to interview Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for a lateral move with the same position in Buffalo, according to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Tucker, 41, has been the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars since the 2009 season and served as the team's interim head coach following the firing of Jack Del Rio from the head coaching position during the 2011 season. During the 2011 season, the Jaguars ranked No. 6 in total yards allowed; however, the 2012 unit struggled and finished No. 30 in the NFL.

In December, Tucker reportedly interviewed for the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin, but the team instead hired Gary Andersen. He had also been in the rumor mill as a potential coaching candidate for the Chiefs, although it was likely for their defensive coordinator position that is currently held by Gary Gibbs.

The interview for a lateral position appears to be yet another sign that the likelihood of Mike Mularkey being retained as head coach is slim.

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