Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is expected to remove his name from consideration to be the next head coach in Jacksonville, the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday.
Leftwich reportedly was one of three finalists to replace Urban Meyer, who was fired after posting a 2-11 record and committing a series of off-field missteps.
However, two of those finalists — Matt Eberflus and Nathaniel Hackett — accepted other offers last week. That left Leftwich as the leading candidate.
However, Leftwich reportedly had misgivings about working with current Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke, with Pro Football Talk reporting that Leftwich gave the organization an ultimatum – him or Baalke.
Now the leading candidates for the Jacksonville job are former Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia and former Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson, who won a Super Bowl with the Eagles, per the Times report.
The Jaguars also reportedly met with longtime Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman in person Monday about a “high-level front-office position.” Spielman, 59, was fired at the end of the 2021 season.
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Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia was granted the first interview in the Las Vegas Raiders’ coaching search on Wednesday.
Bisaccia, 61, replaced Jon Gruden upon his Oct. 11 resignation amid a public scandal over leaked racist and insensitive emails sent by Gruden.
Bisaccia went 7-5 and guided the Raiders to the playoffs, earning vocal support of many of his current players. The longtime special teams coach had never been a head coach at any level before this season.
Pass rusher Maxx Crosby said Bisaccia is “one of a kind” and the “best man for the job.”
The only other known candidate for the position as of Wednesday is Jerod Mayo, the inside linebackers coach of the New England Patriots. Mayo also interviewed with other teams, most recently the Houston Texans, and is considered a rising star in coaching circles following a successful playing career.
Rumored candidates include Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson.
Complicating the hiring process is the Raiders’ companion opening at general manager. The unique structure of personnel power in Las Vegas included Gruden having control over the roster and final say in most moves over recently discarded GM Mike Mayock.
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The Las Vegas Raiders are expected to make a high-profile run at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, but has Rich Bisaccia done enough to keep the job?
Bisaccia took over for Jon Gruden in October and led the Raiders to their first playoff appearance since 2016. Las Vegas’ season ended with a 26-19 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday, with the former special teams coordinator posting a 7-5 record as the interim coach.
Bisaccia has received support from several Raiders players, but Harbaugh is reportedly drawing interest from several NFL teams. That includes the Raiders, who may view Harbaugh as a glitzier hire as they continue to establish their brand in Las Vegas.
Harbaugh was installed as the +200 favorite to be hired as the Raiders’ next head coach by SportsBetting.ag on Monday morning, just ahead of Bisaccia at +250.
They are the top two clear favorites, with former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson next at +500.
The fourth-shortest odds belong to Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin at +700. The Steelers’ season ended in a lopsided loss at Kansas City on Sunday night and the team is facing a quarterback change from Ben Roethlisberger.
Tomlin is under contract and has not indicated a desire to leave Pittsburgh, but has been tied to the Las Vegas opening as part of a potential “coach trade.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is being offered at +800. The only other college coaches being offered are Stanford’s David Shaw (+1000) and Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin, who has the longest odds at +10000.
Raiders Head Coach Odds
Jim Harbaugh: 2-1
Rich Bisaccia: 5-2
Doug Pederson: 5-1
Mike Tomlin: 7-1
Dabo Swinney: 8-1
Byron Leftwich: 10-1
David Shaw: 10-1
Eric Bieniemy: 10-1
Sean Payton: 10-1
Todd Bowles: 10-1
Brian Daboll: 14-1
Joe Brady: 16-1
Nathaniel Hackett: 20-1
Lane Kiffin: 100-1
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