With two games remaining in the 2021 regular season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have begun searching for the franchise’s next head coach. The Jaguars have requested to speak to Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud and ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Jaguars have also requested to speak with Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, per Schefter. The Jaguars have also put in an interview request with Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The Jaguars will speak this week with former Eagles coach Doug Pederson, according to Pelissero. Pederson is currently on a semi-sabbatical after being relieved of his duties last season after five seasons in Philadelphia. Pederson led the Eagles to a 46-39-1 overall record that included the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory at the end of the 2017 season.
Leftwich and Bowles have played integral roles in the Buccaneers’ success over the past two seasons. Leftwich has worked exceptionally well with quarterback Tom Brady, while Bowles presided over a Buccaneers defense that held Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense to just nine points in last year’s Super Bowl.
Under Moore, the Cowboys offense is first in the NFL in scoring, third in passing, sixth in rushing, and seventh in third-down efficiency. Dallas’ defense has been equally as effective under Quinn, who was fired in Atlanta five games into the 2020 season. Quinn, whose five-plus seasons with the Falcons included the franchise’s second Super Bowl berth, has helped the Cowboys boast the league’s seventh-ranked scoring defense after the unit was…