AFC South: Darrell Bevell

How Kelly hire helps Colts, Jaguars

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Chip Kelly’s the new coach of the Eagles.

What’s that mean for the AFC South?

Two things.

1) It means Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has one less possibility. He was a finalist in Chicago and lost out to Marc Trestman, and San Diego gave him serious consideration before hiring Mike McCoy.

The Eagles were reportedly interested, but an interview didn’t happen.

Had Kelly not circled around and changed his mind, perhaps Arians would have re-emerged as a candidate there.

Jacksonville is looking at younger guys. Arizona is the only other remaining job, and is interested in Arians.

2) It means the Jaguars have one less competitor for the guys they are interested in. Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is on Jacksonville’s list and was presumed to be near the front of the line in Philly before Kelly re-emerged.

Jaguars candidates also reportedly in play for the Cardinals include Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

RTC: Texans rookie linemen reflect

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Reading the coverage ...

Comings and goings among NFL head coaches. A handy chart.

Houston Texans

While Gary Kubiak knows Matt Schaub can play better and more consistently, the Texans have to acquire more talent and improve around Schaub.

J.J. Watt continues to earn accolades, says John McClain.

Offensive linemen Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones reflect on their rookie seasons with Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.

Indianapolis Colts

Bruce Arians lost out to Marc Trestman for the head coaching job with the Chicago Bears. He could still land another available position, and Ryan Grigson has a doomsday plan if the Colts lose Arians.

Examining some possible free-agent connections with Colts coaches. Olly Dawes of Colts Authority draws lines that could connect the team to Paul Kruger, Dashon Goldson, Manny Lawson and others.

Analyzing Peyton Manning’s playoff numbers, most of which were compiled with the Colts, with Phillip B. Wilson.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars coaching search now extends to Seattle, where they have an interest in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

David Caldwell must sort out how much a candidate like Greg Roman, an old friend, is a product of the situation he’s currently in with the San Francisco 49ers, says Adam Stites of Big Cat Country.

Tennessee Titans

Don’t expect the Titans to cut Kenny Britt, says David Climer of The Tennessean. “For now, Britt remains one of those players who looks the part and shows flashes of extraordinary ability but can’t sustain it. Certainly, injuries have held him back. But there is a perception that he has never fully committed himself to the game. It’s as if he is waiting for his physical gifts to kick in and make him an all-pro.”

Britt is too loyal, his father told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Tom Moore is looking for a job, but said it won’t be with the Titans, says Wyatt.

 
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.)

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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.

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