The Jacksonville Jaguars decided to can Gus Bradley with two games left in the season last week and now are in search of a new one. In addition to trying to steal someone away from another team’s staff, it seems the Jags might be looking to the college ranks to entice a coach to move up.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora mentions Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze as a potential candidate as well as Tom Coughlin being the favorite:
Besides Coughlin, league sources said the Jaguars are likely to reach out to former head coaches like Josh McDaniels (Patriots offensive coordinator) and Mike Smith (Buccaneers defensive coordinator). Sources said Hughes has been high on Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who has not been an NFL head coach but will be widely pursued for openings next month, and several college coaches, including Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss. Caldwell spoke about considering college coaches during his news conference last week following the firing of Gus Bradley.
Bradley went 14–48 in three seasons and since 2007, the Jaguars have a record of 41-101. Freeze hasn’t coached in the NFL before, but he has risen through the coaching ranks pretty quickly and has been successful at just about every stop. He spent ten years coaching high school football where he went 90-34 and was named the AP Coach of the Year in high school four times.
He was then head coach at Lambuth University before moving on to Arkansas State and eventually Ole Miss. He’s gone 69-32 during his college coaching days and could be an interesting replacement in Jacksonville.
[h/t Saturday Down South]