Reports started to surface on Sunday evening that the leading candidate for the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching vacancy was Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith. More reports surfaced on Monday morning, seemingly confirming the position of Smith in the Jaguars candidate pecking order, but it remains to be seen how soon a hire will be made by the team.
If Smith is the team’s top candidate, and Smith is mutually interested, then the Jaguars should name Smith the head coach as soon as possible.
The primary job of a head coach is to operate like a CEO and delegate responsibilities to his coordinators and make sure things run smoothly. Some head coaches like to be hands on for the side of the ball they’re most familiar, in Smith’s case it would be on the defensive side if he wanted to handle things there personally. The coordinator on the defense for a candidate like Smith is much less important in comparison to the offensive side of the football.
The offensive coordinator position, if Mike Smith is the new Jaguars head coach, will be a critical hire and one of the reasons why the Jaguars should go ahead and get the process rolling if he’s the man for the job. It would behoove the Jaguars to get ahead of everyone else if they already have their guy for head coach and get first dibs on the offensive side of the staff. There are guys like former San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy available that will be a hot name on the market, though there is no real connection between Smith in McCoy as far as working together.
Long story short, if the Jaguars have already pegged Smith as their head coach, hire him and get the process of assembling a staff started.