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2021 Jaguars head coach search: 5 under-the-radar candidates

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For the Jacksonville Jaguars, the offseason is now in full swing.

The Jaguars decided Monday morning to move on from head coach Doug Marrone, thus beginning the frenzy of finding the next man to lead Duval.

By now, everyone has heard the Jaguars linked to names like Urban Meyer, Robert Saleh, Arthur Smith, Raheem Morris, and Eric Bieniemy.

While there will undoubtedly be more names mentioned in the coming days, there are a handful of guys that may be flying a bit under the radar.

Greg Roman

Roman is an offensive-minded coach that has extensive experience as an assistant in the NFL and will be looking for his first role as a head coach. He has spent time as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers (during their Super Bowl run), Buffalo Bills, and currently the Baltimore Ravens.

He has experience working with young quarterbacks, having worked with Colin Kaepernick and Lamar Jackson during his MVP season. And his offenses also consistently rank near the top in terms of rushing.

Joe Brady

While still maybe a year or two away from serious consideration, Brady’s name continues to circulate as one on the cusp of becoming a head coach. His name was at the forefront last year for offensive coordinator positions after his run at LSU as the passing game coordinator that led the Tigers to a national championship.

Brady is a young coach who would definitely drum up excitement with his offensive style and has experience working with the #1 overall pick Joe Burrow while he was setting the FBS record with 60 touchdown passes.

Marvin Lewis

Lewis is currently the defensive coordinator at Arizona State, but has 16 years of head coaching experience in the NFL and compiled a record of 131-122-3 with the Cincinnati Bengals, making the playoffs seven times. He is a defensive minded coach who has also spent time as defensive coordinator in Baltimore and Washington.

Lewis does have experience working with rookie quarterbacks too as Cincinnati selected Carson Palmer with the No. 1 overall pick, who went on to have a good career.

Byron Leftwich

The former Jaguars quarterback has starting making a name for himself in the coaching circles. In just his third year coaching, Leftwich was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals. In 2019, he would join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as offensive coordinator.

Under Leftwich’s leadership, Jameis Winston would set career highs in both yards and touchdowns in 2019 and the Buccaneers have had top-10 offenses both years with Leftwich as offensive coordinator. He may still be a year or so away, but is trending in the right direction for head coaching opportunities.

Jim Caldwell

Caldwell isn’t the sexiest name on any coaching candidate list, but he comes with seven years of head coaching experience with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. He has an overall record of 112-62, four trips to the playoffs, and one Super Bowl appearance with the Colts.

He is an offensive-minded coach that has worked with two outstanding quarterbacks in Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford. He will continue to garner looks around the league as someone with experience and can be a steadying voice.

While the Jaguars hold arguably the most enticing job and will be combing through the cream of the crop candidates, don’t be surprised if any of these names begin popping up.