Jaguars' Hiring of Byron Leftwich Hits Potential Snag

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Jacksonville Jaguars' hiring of Byron Leftwich as the team's new head coach has hit a potential snag.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' hiring of Byron Leftwich as the team's new head coach has hit a potential snag. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

Head-coaching vacancies around the league are starting to fill, and it appeared the Jacksonville Jaguars were the next team to find their new leader. Reports on Wednesday claimed that Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was on the verge of finalizing a deal to take over in Jacksonville.

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No agreement was announced on Wednesday, though, and it sounds like there's a snag holding up this hiring.

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Chris Porter of First Coast News reports that Leftwich is the Jaguars' primary choice for the HC job, but control of the roster is preventing the hiring. Leftwich reportedly wants Jags GM Trent Baalke fired and replaced by current Arizona Cardinals vice president of pro scouting Adrian Wilson.

It's certainly a big ask of Leftwich to demand a change at GM before taking the job. However, Baalke's resume over the past few years leaves much to be desired.

The San Francisco 49ers saw a steep drop-off after multiple conference championship appearances and cycled through head coaches after parting ways with Jim Harbaugh.

In 2021, Baalke's first season as a GM since 2016, coaching woes popped up once again with Urban Meyer's disastrous 13-game tenure. And the jury is still out on Baalke's draft decisions to this point in Jacksonville.

Given the issues that have followed Baalke, it's no wonder Leftwich isn't keen on working for him. Wilson could bring in a strong scouting background, which would be massive for this rebuilding Jaguars team to have, especially with first selection in almost every round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Hopefully Jacksonville doesn't let a young, rising coach get away in favor of keeping an underwhelming GM.

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