Jaguars Rumors: Darrell Bevell to Interview for HC Job After Serving in Interim

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2022

Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Darrell Bevell watches from the sidelines during the final minutes of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 26-11. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will interview interim head coach Darrell Bevell for the full-time position on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.    

The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer in December after just 13 games and a series of controversies. The team was 2-11 under his watch and 1-3 after Bevell took over.

Bevell, 52, has been in the NFL since 2000, serving as an offensive assistant until 2002 with the Green Bay Packers before becoming the team's quarterbacks coach between 2003 and '05. He then was hired as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator (2006-10) and held the same role with the Seattle Seahawks (2011-17), Detroit Lions (2018-19) and Jags under Meyer. 

His offenses have finished top 10 in the NFL in yards just three times and top 10 in points five times. 

But Jacksonville rallied around Bevell, beating an Indianapolis Colts team on Sunday that was fighting for a playoff berth, 26-11. 

Aaron Wilson @AaronWilson_NFL

Jaguars interim coach Darrell Bevell could receive head coaching interest in the wake of impressive win over Colts. Bevell displayed leadership, stabilizing ugly situation after Urban Meyer debacle @SportsTalk790

Expect the Jags to search far and wide for their next head coach, however, with NFL.com reporting the team is expected to interview the following candidates:

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles
  • Former Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell
  • Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus
  • Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
  • Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich
  • Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore
  • Former Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien
  • Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson
  • Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

The next head coach's job will be a tall order.

While the Jaguars have a talented young quarterback in place in Trevor Lawrence, they have made the playoffs just once since 2008. Yet again, they are firmly entrenched in a rebuild. Getting the right head coach in place, alongside surrounding Lawrence with talent—starting with the top overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft—will be key to getting this particular rebuild right.