Jim Caldwell, Doug Pederson on Jaguars' list for head coaching candidates

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A person familiar with the situation confirmed to the USA TODAY Network on Sunday that owner Shad Khan is compiling a list of potential candidates to be interviewed for the head coaching job, and both former NFL head coaches Doug Pederson and Jim Caldwell are on it. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal details about the forthcoming coaching search.

Khan can begin interviewing candidates on Tuesday because of a new NFL rule implemented this season. The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16 and named offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as interim coach for the remainder of the regular season.

Peterson, 53, began his coaching career under Andy Reid, serving as an assistant for the Eagles from 2009-12. After Reid became the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, Pederson followed him to serve as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator. He returned to the Eagles as their head coach in 2016, a position he held for five seasons. He led the Eagles to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history during the 2017 season. Pederson played 13 seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback.

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson speaks to the media during the NFC/AFC coaches breakfast during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson speaks to the media during the NFC/AFC coaches breakfast during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Caldwell was the Detroit Lions' head coach from 2014 to 2017 and led the team to two playoff appearances in four seasons. He also led the Colts to a Super Bowl appearance in 2009, but they lost to the Saints. He had two winning seasons in three years with the Colts but was fired after going 2-14 in 2011 when Peyton Manning missed the entire season after undergoing neck surgery. Caldwell, who will turn 67 on Jan. 16, has not coached since 2019 when he was the assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jaguars coach candidates: Jim Caldwell, Doug Pederson on list