By firing Gene Smith the Jacksonville Jaguars are stating that they can do better. For any Jaguar fan who watched even a few of this season’s games, this was already obvious. Owner Shahid Khan is doing the best thing for this team by searching for a new general manager.
Dave Caldwell was interviewed by Khan hours after he fired Smith. Caldwell, as well as Tom Gamble, was advised as a top candidate by Bill Polian who is helping Khan in his search for a competent GM to replace the incompetent Smith. Caldwell has been the Director of Player Personnel to general manager Thomas Dimitroff for the Atlanta Falcons after serving as the director of college scouting for four years. He has only held the position for one year but would be making a common jump to the top spot.
Caldwell spent two seasons with Carolina and 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before coming to Atlanta. Like Gamble, Caldwell comes from the Polian tree and is a favorite for the Jags’ job as a result.
Both Caldwell and Gamble are in the sights of other team as well. The San Diego Chargers and New York Jets have both entertained the idea of hiring either Caldwell or Gamble. While both are good potential GMs, I am more partial to Caldwell because of the body of work in Atlanta under Dimitroff. While the San Francisco 49ers have had recent success, the rebuild in Atlanta under head coach Mike Smith and Dimitroff (of which Caldwell has been a part of for the past five years) has been a complete overhaul showing sustained success.
Khan is not done with his GM search, but as he continues to interview we will see different flavors coming from the people he looks at. No “Rooney Rule” candidate has been interviewed yet.
– Luke N. Sims
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