Jaguars to interview Bucs coordinator Mike Smith

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The Jaguars aren’t focusing on one side of the ball in their search for a new head coach.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith will interview for the Jaguars vacancy.

Smith had an impressive 66-46 record as head coach of the Falcons, and was in charge when that franchise broke its streak of 42 years without back-to-back winning seasons. But after injuries and other issues caused them to flatline, he was fired after going 6-10 in 2014.

He resurfaced in Tampa and helped the Bucs improve defensively this season.

The Jaguars have already interviewed former head coach Tom Coughlin, and lined up interviews with Falcons offensive coordiantor Kyle Shanahan, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as well. Interim coach Doug Marrone is expected to be a candidate for the job as well.

12 responses to “Jaguars to interview Bucs coordinator Mike Smith

  1. The Jaguars have already interviewed former head coach Tom Coughlin, and lined up interviews with Falcons offensive coordiantor Kyle Shanahan, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as well. Interim coach Doug Marrone is expected to be a candidate for the job as well.

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    Guess which one is the token Rooney Rule candidate.

  2. Maybe Jacksonville has learned that winning and losing isn’t all about the coach. They fired Jack Del Rio a few years ago, now they might watch him receive the Coach of the Year award. I remember when Mike Smith was a hot coach. These coaches don’t just suddenly forget how to coach. Atlanta won a lot of games with Smith. On the other hand, remember when Cleveland fired a guy named Bill Belichick after putting up losing records in 4 out of five seasons? Belichick was a great coach back then too, he just didn’t have that Brady kid. Like I said, it’s not always about the coach. I think these owners are smart enough to realize that. They just cave in to media and fan pressure.

  3. Hire Lovie! Everyone said how stupid the Buc’s were for firing him. Put your franchise where your mouth is!

  4. When Del Rio was fired in JAX, I hated to see him go but wanted Smith to replace him if he was gonna get canned anyway. They were a good defense back then and was always surprised Smith didn’t get more of a look. I’d be ok with it for sure as a longtime Jags fan.

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