David Caldwell’s legacy with the Jacksonville Jaguars is not a good one.
After eight years of minimal results, the Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to part ways with general manager Dave Caldwell. Although he struggled through most of his tenure, owner Shahid Khan displayed patience and gave him plenty of time to help turn the team into a perennial contender.
Nevertheless, Caldwell couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities Khan gave him and failed to draft and acquire impact players in spite of having plenty of resources at his disposal. He certainly got some picks right. Linebacker Myles Jack and Brandon Linder, whom the general manager drafted, have become key contributors for the team.
Caldwell also signed undrafted free-agent James Robinson, who has become of the best running backs in the NFL in his rookie season. Nevertheless, the negatives outweigh the positives and the general manager wasn’t able to field a competitive team on a yearly basis.
Looking back, the one time the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship in 2017 looks like an outlier. Instead of keeping the players that made their 2017 playoff run possible, Caldwell shipped them and left the roster devoid of many playmakers.
Keep in mind that it wasn’t just one blunder or a couple, Caldwell simply couldn’t pick the right players in his time as the Jaguars general manager and will be remembered for the bad decision he made at the helm. Here are six of those decisions that played a role in his dismissal from Jacksonville’s front office.