Doug Engle/staff– 10/05/03– Jacksonville Jaguars (7) Byron Leftwich pumps up the fans while being introduced to the Jaguars fans before the start of the San Diego Chargers game at Alltel stadium Sunday October 5, 2003 in Jacksonville, FL.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to hire their next head coach. At this point, though, we can safely say that it will not be former Jacksonville quarterback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that Leftwich is expected to remove himself from consideration for the opening.

It had previously been reported that Leftwich wouldn’t work with general manager Trent Baalke. In fact, prior to the report that Leftwich was removing himself from consideration, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reported that the feeling at the Senior Bowl was that Leftwich’s stance was a mistake.

Both of those reports had plenty of people scratching their heads. A general feeling from Reid’s report was that Leftwich’s stance was not a mistake or anything close to it.

Indeed, Baalke’s track record shows the danger in a coach and general manager not being a package deal.

He was the general manager for the San Francisco 49ers when Jim Harbaugh was hired. A reported power struggle between those two ended when Harbaugh left the 49ers to coach the University of Michigan. Baalke was again the general manager when Jim Tomsula was hired in 2015. Tomsula went 5-11 and was a one-and-done. But Baalke remained San Francisco’s general manager in 2016 when Chip Kelly was hired. After a 2-14 season, Kelly was fired. Finally, Baalke was, too.

With that in mind, the general feeling around Stroud’s report was that Leftwich dodged a messy bullet.

It sounds like the Jaguars have gotten themselves into an awful mess. Or, in other words, just another day at the office in Jacksonville.

[John Reid, Rick Stroud]

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