Jaguar fan Billy Vail in clown attire heads to the stadium ahead of Sunday’s game against the Colts. Fans upset over team owner Shad Khan’s decision to retain the team’s general manager Trent Baalke after the firing of head coach Urban Meyer were encouraged to show up in clown costumes. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida for the Jaguars final game of the season Sunday, January 9, 2022. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] Jki 010922 Bsjaguarsvscolt 1

The Jacksonville Jaguars were reportedly very close to hiring Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant Byron Leftwich as their next head coach. In fact, they still might. However, according to recent reports, Leftwich wants something else to happen first before he takes on the head coaching role.

According to reports, Leftwich wants the Jaguars to fire general manager Trent Baalke and replace him with Adrian Wilson, currently the vice president of pro scouting for the Arizona Cardinals. Some have even reported that this is already happening.

However, nothing appears to be certain for sure at the moment and no one has come out and said this definitely happening yet.

For Jaguars fans, it would be welcome news to hear that Baalke is gone. The controversial GM was retained after the team fired Urban Meyer. They also said that he would be involved in the search for their new head coach next year, something that appears to have caused multiple candidates for the job to back away out of a desire not to work with him.

Jaguars fans showed their disdain for Baalke and the team’s decision to keep him by changing their social media avatars to clowns and even showing up to the season finale in full clown gear in protest.

So the idea that Baalke could be pushed out is something they seem very excited about. However, there’s also the possibility the Jaguars decide to back Baalke again and miss out on Leftwich, who is now also a candidate for the Saints job. Those two distinct possibilities have created a lot of distinct reactions from Jacksonville fans on social media.

We’ll see how all of this plays out and how Jaguars fans feel in the end. Given the kind of run they’ve had to deal with in recent years, they’re probably assuming the worst while hoping for the best.

[Chris Porter]

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