Report: Jaguars losing defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi to the college ranks

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It has been rumored for weeks that Jacksonville defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi would be leaving the staff following the season for a college assistant coaching position. For a while, those rumors centered around Lupoi heading to Florida to work under new coach Billy Napier, as the two had previously worked together at Alabama.

But according to a report from Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Lupoi is heading back to the West Coast (where he’s from) to serve as the defensive coordinator at Oregon under new head coach Dan Lanning. Per Feldman, the Ducks are set to officially announce the hire of Lupoi on Wednesday.

Lupoi has a stellar reputation as both a coach and recruiter, so it adds up that he would be a hot choice for a defensive coordinator role in the Power Five. He certainly has the experience, as he spent five seasons on the Crimson Tide staff under Nick Saban, beginning as an analyst before working his way up to roles as an outside linebackers coach, co-defensive coordinator, and eventually sole defensive coordinator for his final season in 2018.

It came as a bit of a surprise when Lupoi left that job to become a defensive line coach in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, and he has spent the last three seasons as a position coach for the Browns, Atlanta Falcons, and Jaguars.

Between hiring Lanning, who has been Georgia’s defensive coordinator for the last three seasons, and Lupoi, it’s clear that Oregon is going for a unique identity in the Pac-12 centered around hard-nosed defense. For the Jags, it’s the one of likely many departures from the 2021 staff, of which Lupoi was one of the few bright spots.