Dec 16, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars new owner Shahid Khan talks to the media during a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Positive, Passionate People & Players - Jags Press Conference

At the introductory press conference to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ media, new general manager Dave Caldwell said that the Jaguars will be looking for positive and passionate people and players.  Caldwell is looking for these players and people for the organization beginning with a fresh start after the firing of head coach Mike Mularkey on Thursday morning.

As owner Shad Khan said in the press conference, the Jaguars have been getting progressively worse and the franchise needed to change the culture.  That began with the firing of old GM Gene Smith and the firing of Mularkey.  With Caldwell now in place, a new foundation and a new culture can be created.

The ultimate goal, as stated by Khan and Caldwell, is to get a championship for Jacksonville.  It’s the usual lip service of a football team, but with a track record of success it may finally be that the Jaguars are on the right track toward that goal.

Caldwell is not just going to focus on the reputation of a player or whether they are positive and passionate, but will also look for trends that could highlight positives or flaws with analytics.  For those who were concerned that Caldwell would not be a vast departure from Smith, this is good news as Smith focused extensively on “high character” guys.

As regards Tim Tebow (someone who is certainly passionate and positive), Caldwell said, “I can’t imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”  Reporters asked him to clarify if that meant even if Tebow was released and Caldwell reaffirmed his statement.  To those who want Tebow back in Jacksonville it is a disappointment.  For those of us who are looking to a more conventional path toward success, this is a step in the right direction.

This opportunity looks like one that could be a positive one for both Caldwell’s career and the Jaguars’ future.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • vallenii

    On that fateful day, accusations of “blasphemy” rang out among the TT faithful. Nay, they cried! Again the “blaspheme” rang out … they covered their ears, they rent their clothes to shreds. Alas, they shun their team …

    • LukeNSims

      Oddly, so much of it seemed to resolve around not being able to sell out the stadium…I don’t think many of the people posting on Twitter and whatnot have looked at Jaguars blackout numbers over the past three years.

      • vallenii

        After the TT (Tim Tebow) comment, many of his faithful stated (on various websites) they will not buy tickets or renew their season tickets … my comment was poking fun at them.

        In spite of those few, we do have a loyal fan-base that love and support the Jags, myself included.

        No blackouts, tarps taken down for select games, all during a 2-14 season. Mark Lamping has done an excellent job of promoting the Jaguars.

        Perhaps “Jag Strong” should be this years slogan/catch phrase.