In a move that should surprise no-one, the Jacksonville Jaguars have formally requested to interview offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for their head coaching position. While the Jags are the only team who have been vetted by local writers, I'm told there are at least three other teams who have tabled similar requests to the Panthers including Miami, St. Louis and 'one other' who I'm lead to believe may be Buffalo, though that would obviously be pending the firing of their current coach Chan Gailey.
A coordinator like Chud will likely be the hottest commodity on the market for a team looking to go the coordinator route, rather than the established coach route. As we know he took an abysmal Carolina Panthers offense and turned it into one of the league's best, and was instrumental in setting up schemes that would allow for Cam Newton to be successful out of the gate.
The fact is, good teams have their coordinators poached, so the fact we're seeing Chud mentioned in this manor should be proof positive that this front office knows how to find coaching talent. I also have faith that they knew how close Chud was to being on the cusp of a head coaching offer and as such prepared a backup plan should he leave. I also wouldn't rule out a Jerry Jones-esque play to keep him as OC by throwing money his way, though that seems a little too far outside the lines, and also assumes Chud doesn't care about being a head coach. It's important to note that Jason Garrett was retained by Dallas based on the tacit understanding he'd be next in line as the Cowboys head coach, the Panthers aren't in the position to make such an offer.
With all things time will tell. Hopefully Chud will stay, but if he doesn't I have faith Hurney and Co. have the wheels in motion to snap up another coordinator- thankfully Cam is adaptable.