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Jaguars GM Search: Patience is a Virtue

As the Jaguars move further into a week after firing general manager Gene Smith, the expected announcement of who will be joining the Jacksonville Jaguars as the new GM is being delayed by, at least to this writer, the New York Jets.  The Jets, the team who received the lion’s share of Tom Gamble’s attention after he cut off interviews with the Jags, have now reportedly brought in David Caldwell – the Jags’ top candidate – for a second interview.

With the Jags’ other top candidate, Steve Keim, interviewing to be the Arizona Cardinals’ GM for next season, it is starting to look bleek for the Jaguars.  You’d think that a blank slate with the Jaguars would be preferable to a job that makes you have to work with Rex Ryan, but the draw of a mega-market like New York may be too much for Caldwell to pass up.  If you’re Keim, the desire for continued advancement with a franchise that has been good to you may be tough to pass up as well.

While the Jaguars do present a good opportunity for a GM looking to mold a team in his image, it could still be difficult to entice these football minds to come to the least popular franchise in the league.  Smith definitely needed to go, but losing out to the market would certainly put a damper on the beginning of the 2013 season for the Jaguars.  While patience is a virtue, I’m having a hard time seeing why someone like Caldwell, who has had three interviews with the Jags, would not decide to go with Jacksonville if he wasn’t pretty sold on the idea of getting the New York position.

Here we, the Jaguar fans, sit waiting patiently while men with many job opportunities fritter with language and dreams.  Who knows, maybe Caldwell always wanted to be the Jets’ GM when he was a kid?  Whatever it is, my patience (as virtuous as it is) is quickly growing as thin as the Jaguars’ chances of landing Tom Gamble.

- Luke N. Sims

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