According to a report from Vaughn McClure of ESPN Atlanta, the Jaguars quest to replace defensive coordinator Bob Babich begins Tuesday. Vaughn tweeted Friday that Jacksonville will interview Falcons secondary coach Marquand Manuel, as they look to improve one of the NFL’s worst defenses over the last three years. Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley is familiar with Manuel from their time together in 2012, when Bradley was the defensive coordinator and Manuel was the assistant special-teams coach. Chances are that would give Manuel a leg-up in Bradley’s search, since he would be familiar with the system and Bradley’s coaching style.
When Bradley sent Babich on his way Tuesday, it was clear that this defense was not where Bradley wanted it. “We just didn’t reach the expectations we had hoped,” Bradley said on a conference call early Wednesday afternoon. That’s the understatement of the offseason, to say the least. The Jaguars gave up the second most yards in franchise history in 2015 and gave up the most yards in 2013, the first year with Babich calling the defense. The team finished 24th, 26th and 27th in total defense in his three seasons.
In other Jaguars related coaching news, offensive line coach/assistant head coach for offense Doug Marrone interviewed with the Dolphins for their head coaching job Friday. The Dolphins announced on Saturday that Bears’ offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been tabbed to take the reins in Miami, meaning Marrone is staying put, for now. Marrone has interviewed with the Browns and Eagles, and he is scheduled to interview with the Giants at some point. The Titans also requested permission to talk to him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Marrone is a hot commodity this season, after just one season with the Jaguars. Marrone was 15-17 as head coach of the Bills, before opting out of his contract last January.
Former Jaguars Head Coach Tom Coughlin is rumored to be interviewing with the Philadelphia Eagles, pending the NY Giants granting permission for them to do so. Coughlin was the first head coach in Jaguars history, from 1995 to 2002 and leading the team to two AFC Championship Games. Coughlin stepped down as the Giants head man this week, but still has one year left on his contract, which is why the Giants must grant permission. The coaching carousel is in high gear as it pertains to the Jaguars and Bradley said this week that they would not rush to fill the defensive coordinator position. He also said that he feels that Jacksonville is a pretty appealing place for perspective defensive coaches. Time will tell.