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.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the Jags have set up time to meet with Steve Keim, the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Arizona Cardinals. Keim has been with the Cardinals for 14 years following time playing in both the NFL and the CFL before heading into scouting and personnel in 1999. The Cardinals have given Keim steady advancement during his time in Arizona. He has risen from a regional scout to his current position, having been promoted three times.
While the Cardinals are not much better at selecting quarterbacks than the Jaguars (How you doing Kevin Kolb?), Keim provides a different perspective from Smith. Smith believed in getting “base hits,” whereas Keim believes that you must be “willing to stand up and swing for the fences. You don’t get better by trying to hit singles all the time.” Jags fans are desperate for this kind of winning mentality that seemed to be missing from the Smith era.
Keim is reportedly of interest to both the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. Both teams parted way with their general managers this past week. Keim interviewed for the St. Louis GM job last season but did not receive it.
– Luke N. Sims
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