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.
Tom Gamble has been interviewed for the position already. Gamble, the director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, has seen recent success and has a solid personnel pedigree to go with his actions in San Francisco. Gamble has been with San Francisco for the past seven years serving as Director of Pro Personnel before being promoted to his current position in 2011. He comes from the Bill Polian tree after serving under him in Indianapolis from 1998 to 2004.
The Jaguars have him as a top candidate and he has the credentials to do well at the job. But can the team get him? While the Jags give the opportunity for a GM to build a team from scratch, other teams like the New York Jets are also interested in Gamble and offer a bigger media market and a team that is probably more built for making the playoffs early.
The Jaguars could use the experience of a GM with time in the personnel side outside of scouting, which was a major downfall with Smith. Gamble would fit that bill. Of course, the Khan has to agree as well.
- Luke N. Sims
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