LOS ANGELES — Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson has identified specific targets 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. Pederson’s leading defensive coordinator candidate is Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Mike Caldwell, according to sources.
The Jaguars also need a special teams coordinator after firing Nick Sorensen, according to sources.
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Zac Taylor talks about 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 speak to him almost on a daily basis. Of course, I’m his brother, and I believe that, but just the people he’s worked with, they all want to continue to hire 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 also requested Texans passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton for an interview, per sources, Taylor is the favorite.
“I’m proud of the way he’s always carried himself in some really difficult positions,” Zac Taylor said. “His integrity and his character have always shined through. He’s been around some really good coaches, and he has made such a strong impression on the players and coaches that he’s been 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 that he’s in right now. I have people calling me all the time to ask if he’s going to be available to hire because the people that he’s interacted with think of him that highly.”
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 Cleveland Browns, Eagles, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers linebacker. He recorded 521 career tackles and 8 interceptions. He had 221 tackles for the Eagles with 5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
A former Eagles defensive quality control coach later promoted to linebackers coach, Caldwell has also worked for the New York Jets. He was an assistant head coach and linebackers coach under Todd Bowles, who’s now the Buccaneers defensive coordinator.
Caldwell also interviewed for the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator job that went to Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald.