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Jaguars coaching search: Job down to Shanahan, McDaniels, Smith or Marrone?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars coaching search might be coming down to a decision soon, as the team has concluded all of their reported scheduled interviews with candidates, the last being New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday, who according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, had a really strong interview. Based on some recent reports by National Media, I think we can pare the candidates down to four.

The aforementioned Josh McDaniels, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Jaguars offensive line/interim head coach Doug Marrone.

As mentioned Schefter mentioned on SportsCenter Sunday morning that the leading candidates for the Jaguars job were Mike Smith and Josh McDaniels, with McDaniels having had a really strong interview with the team on Saturday. Conversely Albert Breer of MMQB answered questions in a periscope on Saturday afternoon where he mentioned the two names to keep an eye on were Kyle Shanahan and Mike Smith.

In my opinion looking at it, it would seam the team’s top three candidates in no particular order would be Shanahan, McDaniels and Smith with Marrone feeling like the fallback option if the team strikes out on one of those three.

Another situation to pay attention to involves the playoff game Sunday afternoon between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. Jaguars fans should be rooting for the Dolphins to lose, because the scuttlebutt is that Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is earmarked for the Denver Broncos job and once Miami is knocked out the Broncos can announce him as the head coach, which eliminates the top job from the market and one that someone like Kyle Shanahan has been linked to.