The Irish wing of the Jaguars’ search process has officially opened.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jags will interview Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. John Clayton of ESPN reports that Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy also will be interviewed.
That brings to seven the list of known candidates for the job: interim head coach Mel Tucker, Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, Cowboys special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, O’Brien, and McCoy.
O’Brien can be interviewed during the bye week. McCoy can be interviewed, with Denver’s consent, after the wild-card game, if the Broncos win. Neither man can be hired until his team’s season ends.
The presence of O’Brien’s name on the list would tend to confirm the notion that he’s not heading for Happy Valley — unless he’s simply trying to build leverage by feigning interest elsewhere.