By Hays Carlyon (1010XL Jaguars reporter)
There is a dream ticket for the Jaguars in 2017.
Tom Coughlin as coach.
Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator.
Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.
Will this happen? Probably not, but find me a better trio.
All three of these moves can be made later this week without waiting on assistants on playoff teams.
Coughlin interviewed with the Jaguars last week. Hopefully, he wore his two Super Bowl rings and brought a couple pictures of a disappointed Bill Belichick.
McCoy was fired as San Diego’s coach on Sunday night after four seasons in which he went 27-37 (1-1 in the playoffs).
Phillips’ contract has expired with Denver and the team is now going through a coaching change with Gary Kubiak’s surprising resignation.
Here’s why all three would be home-run hires.
Coughlin has only been out of football a year. Yes, he’s 70. So, is our next president.
Coughlin has also remained close to the game, working this season as NFL senior advisor to football operations.
His success with the Jaguars from 1995-2002 (four playoff wins) has never been close to being matched by any of the three coaches that came after him.
He can establish the right tone for owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell.
One question was could Coughlin build a staff? The amount of coaching turnover in the NFL has eased that concern with six staffs wiped out.
McCoy heads the list. He’s three years away from getting a second chance as a head coach in this league. Why not tab him to be a possible successor to Coughlin?
McCoy, 44, has consistently produced high-powered passing offenses. He did it in Denver as offensive coordinator from 2009-12. I’ll spare you the Tim Tebow joke, but McCoy did a fantastic job with him after he took over from Kyle Orton in 2011.
McCoy got to enjoy having Peyton Manning at quarterback in 2012 before heading to San Diego.
The Chargers needed McCoy to help elevate quarterback Philip Rivers, who had committed 47 turnovers in the 2011-12 seasons.
Under McCoy, Rivers threw for 125 touchdowns and 63 interceptions.
If Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles can be salvaged after a dismal third season, McCoy is the best choice to guide the turnaround.
Phillips might be 69, but he can still coach defense.
Denver’s defense carried the team to its Super Bowl triumph last season. Despite free-agent defections like Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson, the Broncos finished this season ranked fifth in yards allowed.
Do you think Phillips would be able to develop Jaguars defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler? Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Myles Jack would also benefit from Phillips’ tutelage.
Jackson has voiced how much he enjoyed playing for Phillips in Denver.
The first franchise to hire its coach has the best crack at landing the savviest staff.
The Jaguars are going to talk to several worthy candidates this week. They’ve hired a search firm seeking a vast amount of information.
I’m not sure what recommendations will come, but I don’t think Khan and Caldwell can do better than a Coughlin return with McCoy and Phillips joining him.
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