Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is doing what any smart business man would do in this situation; he's conducting a thorough search for his new general manager.
The first interview is usually for that guy you want the most, and in this case, it was Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell.
Reports emerged yesterday that Caldwell also received a second interview with the Jaguars. With the Jaguars' history of hiring Falcons employees and the recent success of the team, it only makes sense that Khan had an interest in someone within that organization.
Without having much of the spotlight, there is a lot of unknown information regarding the current candidates for Jacksonville. Since Caldwell seems to have a small lead in the GM race for the Jags, it made sense to do a little background check on him.
In 1996, Caldwell was hired by the Carolina Panthers as a scouting assistant, and he stayed there for two seasons. In 1998 he was hired by the Indianapolis Colts as an area scout, where he would remain for seven seasons before becoming the western regional scout from 2006 to 2007.
In 2008, Caldwell was hired by the Falcons to become their director of college scouting. With the responsibility of finding the top talent in the country, Caldwell was then promoted in 2012 to his current role of director of player personnel.
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As the Falcons' director of college scouting, some notable draft selections during those seasons include:
2008: QB Matt Ryan, OLB Curtis Lofton, T Sam Baker, WR Harry Douglas, DE Kroy Biermann, S Thomas DeCoud
2009: S William Moore
2010: OLB Sean Witherspoon
2011: WR Julio Jones, RB Jacquizz Rodgers
With 2008 determining the fate of the franchise after Michael Vick, Caldwell created a new, successful era in Atlanta. Can he do the same with the Jags? The largest issue will be having no Matt Ryan in this year's draft class.
The Jaguars have a few pieces to work with, but Caldwell will need to pitch a game plan to Khan that he can believe in. Caldwell's track record is pretty impressive, but different circumstances in Jacksonville will be a bit tougher than what he had in Atlanta.
Update (1/4/13): According to Adam Schefter, the Jaguars have told their assistant coaches that they can begin to look for other job opportunities.
A connection between David Caldwell and head coach candidate Greg Roman is that they both went to John Carroll University. Chances are both Caldwell and Gamble would like to bring in Roman as head coach.
Update (1/5/13): According to Adam Schefter/Jason La Confora, the Jaguars have brought their search down to two candidates: David Caldwell (ATL) and Steve Keim (ARI). Tom Gamble (SF) has turned down the chance for a second interview due to his interest in the Jets open GM position. Caldwell is linked to Roman as they were roomates when they attended John Carroll University. La Confora expects Chris Polian to join Caldwell if he is chosen and accepts position.
Update (1/7/13): According to Pro Football Talk, the Jaguars have scheduled a third interview with GM candidate David Caldwell. Eugene Frenette has reported that the Jags are expected to select their new GM by the end of this week.
Update (1/8/13): Per Adam Schefter, David Caldwell has a second interview with the New York Jets scheduled for today.
From NFL.com, the Arizona Cardinals and Steve Keim are in negotiations for GM position. Jaguars better move quick if they have their eye on either Keim or Caldwell.
Steve Keim has been promoted to GM of the Cardinals. Keim and Caldwell were thought to be the two finalists for the Jaguars GM position.
No official word, but reliable source, Michael Silver, is less than subtlely hinting that the Jaguars will hire David Caldwell as their GM.
Now it's official, David Caldwell is the Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager. Jason La Confora still strongly believes that Caldwell's first move will be to release head coach Mike Mularkey and bring in 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. As reported on Saturday, Caldwell is likely to bring in Chris Polian, son of Bill Polian.
Other notes related to the Jaguars personnel, Mel Tucker interviewed with the Buffalo Bills for their open defensive coordinator position according to Adam Schefter. Well-known defensive line coach, Joe Cullen, declined the opening at Boston College for their defensive coordinator opening. It will remain to be seen whether or not he is kept in Jacksonville.