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Surprising Candidate Reportedly Emerges For The Jaguars

A general view of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 9: A general view of Alltel Stadium as the Indianapolis Colts come into town to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 9, 2003 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 28-23. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars saw one of their lead head coaching candidates come off the board on Thursday when the Chicago Bears reportedly locked down Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus for their own vacancy. As a result, the options for the Jags appeared to be a bit thin.

However, a new name has reportedly been added the mix in Jacksonville.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Vic Fangio is a candidate to fill the Jaguars head coaching job. Fangio most recently served as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, but was fired at the end of the 2021 season.

The Jaguars reportedly sent a private plane to Denver to pick up Fangio for an interview on Monday, per the ESPN NFL insider.

"When the Jaguars private plane was in Denver on Monday, it wasn't there to take Nathaniel Hackett to Jacksonville for an interview; it was there to pick up former Broncos HC Vic Fangio, who has interviewed for Jaguars' HC job, per league sources. Fangio is a candidate for Jaguars," Schefter

When the Jaguars private plane was in Denver on Monday, it wasn't there to take Nathaniel Hackett to Jacksonville for an interview; it was there to pick up former Broncos HC Vic Fangio, who has interviewed for Jaguars' HC job, per league sources. Fangio is a candidate for Jaguars

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 27, 2022

">wrote on Twitter Thursday.

Fangio, 63, lasted just three years as the head coach in Denver. Although the organization boasted one of the best defenses in the league during his tenure, the Broncos could never quite figure things out on offense. Denver never won more than seven games and didn't make the playoffs during his three seasons at the helm.

Fangio ended his time with the Broncos with a 19-30 record.

Although things didn't quite pan out in Denver, Fangio has ample experience as an assistant and strong track record on defense. He's spent time as the defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.

With Nathaniel Hackett reportedly on his way to fill the Broncos' vacancy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is the presumed "leader in the clubhouse" to land the the head coaching job in Jacksonville.

Perhaps Fangio can make a late play and stake his claim as a legitimate candidate to take over the Jaguars.