The Jacksonville Jaguars have a head coaching vacancy for the first time since going into the 2013 NFL season. And despite some of the glaring negatives — a slightly overrated roster, a seemingly lame duck general manager, a quarterback who has regressed terribly — it’s still one of the more attractive in the NFL.
Melissa Jacobs of Sports Illustrated rated the Jaguars’ coaching job as the second-most desirable in the league, behind only the Denver Broncos.
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Positives: The Jaguars have one of the most intriguing young rosters in football with several superstars already in place. Rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey lived up to the hype, Allen Robinson continues to be a formidable force on offense and Jacksonville’s big free agent signing Malik Jackson lived up to his hefty price tag. Plus, Jacksonville is currently a top-five team when it comes to available cap space. This is a downtrodden organization that is approaching ten years without a winning season. In other words, the expectations are looooow.
Negatives: As mentioned, Jacksonville is rooted in a culture of losing. Righting the ship will take more than another spot player or two; the franchise needs a mental overhaul. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that GM David Caldwell still believes Blake Bortles to be a franchise quarterback. That could be an issue for a new coach who doesn’t agree. Oh, and get ready to play one home game a year in London.
According to Jacobs, the Jaguars job ranks ahead of the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, and San Francisco 49ers.
Personally, I don’t think this is too far off base. The Rams are tied to mediocre No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff for at least two more years. The Chargers are presumably moving to Los Angeles. The Bills have one of the more dysfunctional front offices in the league. And the 49ers have Jed York.
What do you think? Should the Jaguars coaching vacancy be as high as Jacobs put it? Or should some of these other teams have edged them out?