Tom Gamble Turns Down Jags Interview

Jacksonville Jaguars’ GM candidate Tom Gamble of the San Francisco 49ers has turned down a second interview with team owner Shahid Khan, according to Adam Schefter.  Schefter says that Gamble is focusing on landing the New York Jets’ general manager job.  Many Jaguar fans would have liked to see Gamble come to Jacksonville as his time in San Francisco has made him a top candidate with multiple franchises.  Gamble’s removal from the Jags’ GM search opens it up to other candidates such as Dave Caldwell and Steve Keim from the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals, respectfully.

- Luke N. Sims

Topics: Dave Caldwell, David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars, Steve Keim, Tom Gamble

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  • vallenii

    LNS,

    now that the interview with the Jets seems to have gone south for Gamble, do you any insight/speculations as to why Gamble turned down the second interview with the Jags? That whole scenario seems odd to me.

    • LukeNSims

      The San Jose Mercury News has Gamble listed as the likely candidate for the Jets job still (as of one day ago). There is some speculation, per the NY Daily News, that the Jets’ end of the year press conference today will reveal Gamble as the new GM.

      To be honest, I thought it all a tad odd and out of sorts for Gamble to turn down one of his options so early. That said, it looks like the Jets are still going to make a play for him before he can jump to San Diego or someone else. They still have David Caldwell practically waiting in the wings since he is believed to be the first candidate to interview twice for them.

      All in all, like a lot of bad things in football, it looks like we can blame the Jets for the whole problem for the Jags.

      • vallenii

        Thanks for the info. We signed Caldwell today. So, what is your take on him? Do you know any of his tendencies regarding type/style of defense or offense he may want to run?

        • LukeNSims

          Caldwell was my top candidate when he, Gamble, and Keim were announced. However, I do like Mularkey despite a terrible first season so seeing him go won’t be my favorite thing in the world. Back to Caldwell: I think the work he did in Atlanta to help Dimitroff revamp that entire team is admirable. His promotion to assistant to Dimitroff last year shows that their GM recognized him as influential in that success. Hopefully he successfully makes the transition to a level up.

          I know nothing of what kind of players he will want to bring in. If he does go after Greg Roman look for him to build a strong offensive line that allows the quarterback time but also sets the pace of the game by focusing on the run. I do not have any real indication as to what kind of defense he’ll try to get in place in Jacksonville, but I don’t see him dead set on a 3-4, so that transition may wait.

          • LukeNSims

            However, if I were to extrapolate based on his scouting days in Indianapolis, then the defense may end up a fast one. Of course, that depends on who the coordinator is and what he wants, not to mention that Caldwell was doing work for another GM and coaching staff at that point.

          • vallenii

            Any insight on his ability to evaluate and acquiring free agents?

          • LukeNSims

            Because he was the director of college scouting up until this past season, I doubt his input on free agent acquisitions was sought often enough to attribute any free agent signings to his name outside of UDFAs. As the assistant to Dimitroff, however, I think we can gain some insight but probably not much because Dimitroff liked going after solid free agents no matter the position (Turner, Dunta Robinson, Ray Edwards, etc…).

            This past offseason the Falcons signed/re-signed these key free agents: WR Harry Douglas, DE Kroy Biermann, DE John Abraham. They also traded Asante Samuel for seventh round pick. All in all, it was pretty much a stop-gap signing of players they wanted back on their team. I can’t imagine it was much more than no brainer stuff – though Abraham is easily the best of the three I listed. I don’t think we can see too much into his mind with that.

          • vallenii

            Thanks for the information and your time.

          • LukeNSims

            Always a pleasure! Good questions, I’m always happy to write up more.

          • vallenii

            If the 3-4 is in our future then we draft towards that end. In the meantime our current 4-3 is repairable. Our O’ line is abysmal and in need of a serious overhaul. What we seem to lack is innovative coaching on both lines.