As the Jaguars commence their search for a new head coach, who’ll be hired once their new owner is approved by at least 24 of the league’s 32 team, one name that could have been an intriguing candidate seems to acknowledge that the team ultimately won’t be interested.
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick, who coached in Baltimore from 1999 through 2008, doesn’t believe he’ll be seriously considered. “They’re looking for young and cheap, and I’m neither,” Billick said.
If they’re looking for young, it’s because they’re looking for cheap. Men who have options command more money. “Yungry” coaches hoping for a shot at the big time will be willing to take a bottom-of-the-market offer if the alternative is to continue to not be an NFL head coach.
Since Gene Smith will remain for at least three years as the G.M., his ongoing presence will be a huge factor, too. Any coach who would want to run the show won’t be interested. Thus, Smith likely will be taking a page from his non-cousin A.J.’s playbook, hiring a coach who won’t be likely to try to squabble with the front office.
That dynamic becomes even more important because Del Rio routinely fought with the front office. Which makes it much, much harder for a team to be successful.
As a result, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker should be regarded as a top candidate for now, if he doesn’t fight with the front office over the next five weeks.
On that point, someone has suggested that Mike Martz could be a candidate for the job because new owner Shahid Khan was a Rams season-ticket holder and Martz once was the Rams head coach. Frankly, that connection would make Martz less likely to get hired in Jacksonville, given the extent to which he warred with the men who ran the organization.