The Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coaching search seems to be a two-horse race between Mike Smith and Josh McDaniels. According to Peter King, McDaniels’ interview was "impressive" over the weekend but many think Smith has the inside track to the Jaguars job.
There are pros and cons to each: McDaniels has experience with arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, running one of the best offenses in NFL history, and learning alongside the greatest coach in NFL history. He has experience as a head coach — albeit failed experience — but retreads are often more successful in their second gig as a head coach. But there are questions looming about how much he’s really contributed to the offensive success of the Patriots offense. After all, his St. Louis Rams had the worst offense in the league in his lone season as an offensive coordinator away from Brady and Belichick.
As for Smith, he has much more experience as a head coach and far more success. In seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, he had five winning seasons and four playoff runs. But he had just one playoff victory in his career with the Falcons, coming in 2012 when his team should have made it to the Super Bowl but instead blew a 10-0 lead to Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.
What do you think? Who would you rather have? McDaniels who has worked under the greatest coach in NFL history but has far less head coaching experience, or the defensive-minded Smith who has more experience and success but seems like a base hit when the team should be swinging for the fences?