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Jaguars podcast: Ranking defensive coordinator candidates

Gus and John return to the JaguarReport Podcast to rank and discuss six defensive coordinator candidates, including Atlanta’s Ryan Nielsen and Baltimore’s Chris Hewitt.

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Check out Episode 86 of the JaguarReport Podcast, hosted by Gus Logue and John Shipley.

You can listen to the JaguarReport Podcast on Megaphone, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and more.

John and I discussed the Jacksonville Jaguars’ search for a new defensive coordinator.

We talked about the same thing last week, but since then, seven names have been reported as expected, completed, or blocked interviews. Here’s how I rank the six candidates who weren’t blocked (excluding Ejiro Evero).

  1. Ryan Nielsen (Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator)
  2. Chris Hewitt (Baltimore Ravens defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach)
  3. Chris Harris (Tennessee Titans defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach)
  4. Don “Wink” Martindale (New York Giants defensive coordinator)
  5. Marquand Manuel (New York Jets safeties coach)
  6. Shane Bowen (Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator)

Leslie Frazier would slot in at no. 3 for me if/when he interviews for the position. He’s been a popular team fit for the Jaguars considering his experience in the Andy Reid coaching tree.

Tune in to the pod to hear my explanations plus John’s rankings, and check out Simon’s recent article for a deep dive on a few of the DCs available.

Jags fans, how would you rank the six candidates listed above?