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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Jaguars coach: Offensive or defensive?

By Paul Kuharsky

David Caldwell should hire the best guy he can find as the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I’m sure he’s most interested in the ideas of his candidates, in his sense of their ability to teach and instruct, in the quality of the staffs they could hire and in the relationship he can build with them as co-builders.

But let’s say two of the pool were about equal in those regards.

Would it be better if the ultimate winner comes from the offensive or defensive side of the ball? (Or how about special teams, we should say, since Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is reportedly in the field.)

I ask this today because the Jaguars are expected to interview Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley Wednesday and have received permission to interview Seattle’s offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as well.

Here’s Mike Sando of the NFC West blog on why the Philadelphia Eagles like Bradley. And here’s Kevin Seifert of the NFC North blog from back in his days at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Bevell. (He was terrified of dogs, but says nothing about Jaguars.)

The two will compete with Jaguars incumbent defensive coordinator Mel Tucker; two guys the Jaguars liked a year ago in St. Louis offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden; San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman; and Armstrong.

Roman could rate as a favorite as he has a long-time friendship with Caldwell.

That’s three offensive guys, two defensive guys and one special teams guy.

It’s a quarterback league, and it’s easy to say a guy who can develop a quarterback should get the nod. But a defensive guy can come in more able to stop the league’s quality quarterbacks, so long as he can hire quality coaches to work with his own.