Jaguars Look to Interview Both Callahan and Marrone
After slow playing their cards the past two weeks in their search for a new offensive coordinator, it appears the Jaguars are beginning to show their hand.
According to multiple reports from various sports outlets, the 3-13 team is bringing in high profile names to interview for the coordinator position left open when Gus Bradley told Jedd Fisch he would no longer assume the role with the team.
A Florida Times-Union report by Ryan O’Halloran explains the Jaguars have an interest in former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan as well as some interest in former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone for the same opening.
Another report in the Florida Times-Union claims O'Halloran spotted Marrone at EverBank Field on Wednesday. Marrone, who pocketed $4 million in leaving Buffalo, has already interviewed for the head coaching position with the New York Jets, Atlanta and Chicago. The Jets hired Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Tuesday.
The fact that Marrone is in Jacksonville suggests he isn't a viable candidate in Chicago or Atlanta and is now scrambling for a job.
An offensive line coach could also be needed depending on the health of coach George Yarno, who missed last season while fighting cancer.
The possibility of either coach finding a home in Jacksonville could prove to be very interesting to the success of the Jaguars offense that finished at or near the bottom of league statistics all season long.
Other candidates that have been linked to the Jaguars in the last few days have been Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson, Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn and Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Callahan was part of a Dallas Cowboys offense that was much improved in 2014 and helped Tony Romo play some of the best football of his career in 2014. It was also an offense that opened holes for DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing this season.
Callahan told ESPN.com that he will not re-sign with the team before his exclusivity period expires because he wants to consider potential options with other teams, according to league sources.
Sources say eight teams are prepared to interview Callahan, whose title remained offensive coordinator even after losing play-calling responsibilities to passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan.