Yes, we knew that Gene Smith was taking over Shack Harris’s spot in the Jaguars’ front office. Being Vice President of Player Personnel is a really lofty title. However, what does that mean? Does it mean you get to help draft underachieving players and sign underachieving free agents? Does it mean a power balance of three between the owner, the head coach and the VP? That is what it meant under Shack Harris. With Gene Smith taking the new job, fans were left to wonder what role he would actually play.
Well, we shall no longer wonder. Today, Gene Smith was promoted to the highest ranking personnel executive spot in Jaguars history. He is not a vice president of anything. He is General Manager Gene Smith.
Promoting Smith to that position allowed Weaver to give it a more defined role:
“The changes we are making will bring greater clarity in responsibilities, with Gene Smith having final say in personnel decisions and Jack Del Rio having final say in all coaching decisions. Gene has been given greater and greater responsibility with this organization, and I am confident that in this new role he will be successful in directing our football operation,” Weaver said in a statement released by the team on Monday.
At the end of this season a lot of fans found themselves wondering if Shack Harris was the scapegoat for Jack Del Rio. With the 2009 season still months away, fans can rest easy knowing that now responsibility has a greater chance of falling where it is due.