Jaguars Interview Falcons' David Caldwell for GM and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 1, 2013

Polian isn't coming to Jacksonville, but he is lending a hand.
Polian isn't coming to Jacksonville, but he is lending a hand.Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting help from an old nemesis in interviewing GM candidates.

According to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, Bill Polian, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, has been advising Jags owner Shad Khan on his search and has settled on two names.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported that Khan has already met with David Caldwell, who came highly recommended by the six-time NFL executive of the year.

Caldwell and Tom Gamble are in charge of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.

It's not surprising that young executives from the NFC's top two seeds would be in high demand.

Adam Schefter of early floated Jason Licht of the Arizona Cardinals as a possible candidate.

All the names seem to be on the pro-player side of the front office rather than the college scouting side of the fence.

While it's probably nothing, it could indicate Khan has a desire to revamp the current roster as soon as possible rather than waiting for a slow draft-and-release process.

The good news for the Jaguars is also the bad news. All the candidates appear to be in high demand from other teams.

That means that Khan is definitely looking at the right names, but that he'll have competition in landing them.

General Interest

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats breaks down when to kick a field goal if trailing by three in overtime.

The Football Outsiders post their weekly Audibles column.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective looks at career rushing numbers with wins and losses factored in.

Jason Lisk of the Big Lead says it's hard to prove whether or not resting starters helps.

Houston Texans

ESPN Stats & Information says the Texans had flaws exposed.

Aaron Schatz of the Football Outsiders says J.J. Watt obliterated a key record.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle profiles Devi Brown, wife of Duane Brown.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans are struggling with injuries.

Ganglui asks what momentum means in the playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts has amazing footage of the Colts dancing in the locker room.

Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star breaks down a big play from T.Y. Hilton.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland looks at whether the Colts will win in the playoffs.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star details what Chuck Pagano went through in his cancer treatment.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star has a heart-warming profile of Dwayne Allen.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star rightly picks Marvin Harrison over Reggie Wayne.

Derek Schultz of 1260 WNDE says resting starters doesn't hurt.

Tennessee Titans

Paul Kuharsky of says Bud Adams decided the team didn't need a president.

Tom Gower of Total Titans looks at Tennessee's draft position.

Kuharsky says Mike Munchak still has to sort out his staff.

John Glennon of the Tennessean says free agents Jared Cook and Rob Bironas don't know what will happen.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Gene Smith missed on a lot of players.

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union says the new GM has a big task.

The Florida Times-Union has quotes from players about the dismissal of Smith.


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