No. 3 offseason mistake the Jaguars made – Keeping GM Trent Baalke.
When Urban Meyer became the head coach of the Jaguars, it was hard to find a more beloved sports figure in Jacksonville. However, a series of questionable decisions and poor judgment on and off the field led to his dismissal after less than one year on the job.
Fans cherished once Meyer got the boot but they also wanted the organization to get rid of general manager Trent Baalke in order to undergo a full rebuild. After all, Baalke had a poor reputation around the league and was seen as difficult to work with. Moreover, his ability to identify talent in the draft with the San Francisco 49ers didn’t ooze confidence.
A robust number of fans then organized the ‘Khlown movement‘ to apply pressure on the Jaguars to relieve Baalke of his duties. However, owner Shad Khan remained by his general manager’s side and chose not to make any moves. This proved to be an unpopular decision but Khan didn’t give in. With the owner’s vote of confidence, Baalke went on a shopping spree in free agency and took and aggressive approach in the draft to revamp the defense.
Baalke made several meaningful additions in free agency and the draft and if most of them pan out and the Jags start winning, his job security will no longer be questioned. Similarly, his seat could get significantly hotter if the players he has acquired fail to live up to expectations.