Jags Assistants Interviewing Elsewhere
Mel Tucker (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Posted Jan 8, 2012
Charlie Bernstein


The Jaguars free agent coaching staff is attempting to find employment in other cities. Find out who some of the interested parties are.

Although Jaguars defensive coordinator and interim head coach Mel Tucker was promised an interview in the hopes of losing the interim title, it doesn't appear as if he's the man for the job. With the flurry around the Jaguars vacant head coaching position, Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan said he was down to "three qualified candidates" on a local radio show.

Those three elusive names likely don't include Tucker, as the architect behind the league's sixth-ranked defense is rumored to be a candidate for the Minnesota Vikings open defensive coordinator position, according to CBS Sports Clark Judge.

Tucker went 2-3 as the Jaguars interim coach posting victories over two of the worst teams in football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. Although the team played hard under Tucker, he doesn't appear to have the "Presidential feel" of a head coach at this point in his career.

Former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is rumored to be on the short list for a potential opening in New York with the Jets. Technically, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer still holds his post with the team but his future is certainly tenuous as he's been "the fall guy" for New York's collapse.

Schottenheimer was rumored to have met with Jaguars owner Shahid Khan about the team's head coaching vacancy. Brian, the son of Marty would certainly be a questionable hire as a head coach as he's struggled in his post as offensive coordinator.

Before deciding to take the interim label off Romeo Crennel's status in Kansas City, the Chiefs interviewed former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. If Del Rio finds employment anywhere in the NFL this season, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan would receive a break from paying out Del Rio's entire $5 million salary in 2012.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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