Report: Jaguars aren’t close to a deal with any head coach

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The Jaguars are trying to hire Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Unless they aren’t.

In response to a report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that the Jags are attempting to finalize a contract with Leftwich, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team continues to talk to Leftwich and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and that the Jaguars “are not close to a deal with anyone at this time.”

“Jags still haven’t decided which way they’ll go,” Schefter adds.

We trust Stroud’s reporting on the issue. And, frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised — at all — to learn that the Jaguars are trying to leverage Leftwich (as part of the negotiations) with the possibility that they’ll pivot to Eberflus if Leftwich wants too much money, that the Jaguars have leaked what was leaked to Schefter in an effort to advance that agenda, and that Schefter tweeted what he tweeted to curry favor with the Jaguars.

Some may not like that we’re putting it that way. Oh well.

It’s a logical and reasonable way to harmonize conflicting reports. Stroud has a very solid track record, bolstered by recent reporting regarding both the Buccaneers (fake Antonio Brown vaccination card)  and the Jaguars (real Urban Meyer kicker kick). And Schefter has become regarded as a favor-trader who will push certain things now in anticipation of getting future five-minute head’s-up scoops later.

Such as, for example, first word from the Jaguars that they’ve hired Leftwich. Or Eberflus. Or whoever gets the job.

22 responses to “Report: Jaguars aren’t close to a deal with any head coach

  1. Coaches are overrated. Give it to the first DIII coach who volunteers for it with no salary (he’ll be paid after the Super Bowl win). Give him a future HOF QB like TL and watch everything blossom. No need to pay for a HC today.

  2. Why on earth would any coach take that gig? The ownership and management of the team is horrendous. You take it and when you fail miserably you may never get another chance. Shad should have to force his son to coach the team since the dude already meddles too much with no understanding of anything.

  3. If I was Leftwich and this was indeed true, I’d pass on the Jaguars opportunity. It seems he is an up and coming candidate with a lot of potential. Given the Jags history and current operations, it would be a clear indicator of how things will go in the future… and that’s not well.

  4. Adam Schefter has no credibility anymore as a journalist based on his recent track record. We all should know he is reporting to assist with another individuals agenda. The dude is a hack

  5. Maybe Leftwich isn’t ready to commit to Jacksonville with so many other open opportunities. To save face, the Jags leaked the story that it is they who are not ready.

  6. kohila says:
    January 26, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Why on earth would any coach take that gig?


  7. When you have the which one of you guys want the cheaper deal like it seems like is happening here, what could go wrong? Both of these guys should run, not walk away before they ruin their careers with a bad tenure under Baalke and clueless Khan.

  8. January 26, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    kohila says:
    January 26, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Why on earth would any coach take that gig?


    Guaranteed money, way more than coordinator money.

  9. I don’t think the Jax job is as bad as some make it sound… The right coach(es) could turn that team around in a couple years. Maybe Leftwich is that guy, maybe not, but the idea that whoever goes there will automatically fail is bunk.

  10. I hope Leftwich has an opportunity at a different team. He deserves a better organization than the Jags.

  11. Schefter is an embarrassment to all journalists. He isn’t a true journalist, he’s more of a publicist for NFL teams….

  12. It might not be about money, it might be that Leftwhich wants Baalke out if he is going to take the job.

  13. As some commenters mentioned, Schefter is an “embarrassment to all journalists”. He definitely is shifty…but real journalism has been dead for at least 10-15 years.

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