Mel Tucker will interview for Jags job next week


When the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio as their head coach during the 2011 season, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker stepped in as the team’s interim coach.

Fast forward a year and the Jaguars are in search of a head coach again with Tucker set for a shot at the permanent job. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tucker will interview for the job next week.

He joins Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as a reported candidate for the job and there’s been plenty of speculation that new Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell will also reach out to 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Caldwell and Roman were roommates at John Carroll University, which is also the alma mater of new Charger General Manager Tom Telesco. Telesco and Caldwell also went to high school together, should you want to keep turning back the clock.

Tucker started in the defensive coordinator job in 2009 after several years on the Browns’ staff as a position coach. He went 2-3 as the interim coach last season and removed himself from consideration at Wisconsin when his alma mater’s job came open last December.