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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