Earlier today, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has surfaced as a candidate to interview on the Jaguars staff. The Jaguars currently have three vacant positions on their staff following the departure of their assistant running backs coach, quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator in recent weeks.
Mortensen did not indicate which position the long-time coach will be interviewing for nor did he indicate when the interview is set to take place, if at all. The Jaguars have also been linked to former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, who has had success as an offensive coordinator in the past under former Jaguars EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin in 2014-15 in New York.
Former @dallascowboys OC Scott Linehan has resurfaced as a candidate to interview for the staffs of the @Panthers, the @Giants and the Jaguars. He has scheduled interviews with each this weekend, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 17, 2020
Linehan has served as a position coach and as a coordinator for multiple years throughout his career, along with a head coaching gig from 2006-08 with the then-St.Louis Rams. Most recently he was the Cowboys’ offensive and passing game coordinator from 2014-18. Linehan has experience as a wide receivers coach in the NFL and a quarterbacks coach in the college ranks.
Linehan’s most success as an offensive coordinator would come in 2011-13 as the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator. The Lions during that time ranked fifth, third, and sixth in yards as Lions quarterback Matt Stafford saw his best year as a passer in 2011.
The Jaguars will be multiple candidates before solidifying their offensive staff moving forward which seemingly will rely on a veteran presence in some way shape or form. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone began the search for a new offensive coordinator immediately after mutually parting ways with John DeFilippo earlier this week.
Where as a position coach or as the team’s offensive coordinator, Linehan would bring an experienced coach to the team’s roster with young quarterback Gardner Minshew II likely at the helm to begin the offseason.