LOS ANGELES— Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson has identified specific goals for his coordinator vacancies. Pederson has Indianapolis Colts senior offensive assistant Press Taylor as his top candidate for offensive coordinator, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. According to sources, Pederson’s primary defensive coordinator candidate is Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Mike Caldwell.
The Jaguars also need a special teams coordinator after fire Nick Sorensenaccording to sources.
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Zac Taylor talks about his brother Press Taylor
Taylor is the brother of Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.
“I think Press is one of the sharpest coaches in this league,” Zac Taylor said Monday. “I talk to him almost daily. Sure, I’m his brother, and I believe him, but just the people he worked with, they all want to keep hiring him.
Pederson wanted Taylor to become his offensive coordinator before he was fired a year ago. Taylor, 34, is a former Eagles quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.
While the Jaguars have also requested an interview with Texans passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, the sources say Taylor is the frontrunner.
“I’m proud of the way he’s always performed in really tough positions,” Zac Taylor said. “His integrity and character always shined. He was around some very good coaches and he made such a strong impression on the players and coaches he was with.
“Scouts, coaches always pull me aside and tell me such wonderful things that make me proud as an older brother. So it’s no surprise that he’s in the position he’s in right now. I have people calling me all the time asking if he will be available to hire because the people he has interacted with think highly of him.
Mike Caldwell could join Pederson in Jacksonville
Pederson is a former Eagles teammate with Caldwell and is highly respected for his defensive acumen.
Former Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio is another candidate for the job, but Pederson prefers Caldwell.
Caldwell, 50, is a former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, Eagles, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. He has recorded 521 career tackles and 8 interceptions. He had 221 tackles for the Eagles with 5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
A former defensive quality control coach for the Eagles, later promoted to linebacker coach, Caldwell also worked for the New York Jets. He was an assistant head coach and linebackers coach under Todd Bowles, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers.
Caldwell was also interviewed for the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator position which went to Michigan’s defensive coordinator Michael Macdonald.