The NFL Network is reporting that Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is "the favorite" to become the Jaguars' new head coach, but the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars aren't known to have requested an interview with him.
Gruden is one of the hottest coordinators in the NFL these days after his success with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Perhaps the Jaguars think he could do the same with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who struggled mightily in his first season.
Gruden's ties to the Florida area are strong. He spent seven seasons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff under his brother Jon, who was the head coach. Jay Gruden also served as head coach of the Arena League's Orlando team and UFL's Florida franchise before joining Cincinnati this season.
The Jaguars reportedly have requested permission to speak to five offensive coordinators: the Jets’ Brian Schottenheimer, the Patriots’ Bill O’Brien, the Broncos’ Mike McCoy, the Panthers’ Rob Chudzinski and the Falcons’ Mike Mularkey.