David Caldwell: What His Becoming Jaguars General Manager Really Means
According to reports on NFL.com, the Jaguars can move forward in 2013.
Jacksonville, after meeting with four different candidates, have announced the hiring of David Caldwell as it's new general manager. Caldwell, who was the Director of Player Personnel for the Atlanta Falcons, now will be given control of decisions which could include the retention of Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey.
Mularkey and Caldwell were both on the Falcons staff last season.
It is rumored that Caldwell may want to make changes in who is leading the team from the sidelines, with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman being the one possible name linked to the position.
In a statement from the NFL.com story, team owner Shad Khan stated, "We got our man. I have a lot of faith in David Caldwell and I can assure our fans that the best days for the Jacksonville Jaguars are in front of us."
The Jaguars finished 2-14 this past season and hold the second overall pick in the 2013 Draft. The Jaguars finished last in sacks in the NFL and 31st in overall offense, leaving many questions about how the team will move forward.
Here is what Caldwell's addition to the Jaguars staff really means.
Mike Mularkey's Days Are Numbered
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Mike Mularkey could not get much done with what he had to work with this year.
Not everything is his fault, but as the head coach, everything falls on him. A meltdown by the team on several occasions showed that they fell apart after a fumble or interception and just could not recover.
Mularkey is currently the head coach of this team, but for how long? A new general manager usually means he will want to bring in his own staff.
This could be a very quick decision. Greg Roman should be thought of as a replacement, should it happen.
Stay tuned. If there is to be a change, it should happen quickly,
If It Isn't Roman, Then Who Gets the Call?
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As speculated in the opening slide, Greg Roman, who has ties to Caldwell from their days in college together, was named in stories over the weekend to be someone the Jaguars would consider.
But if the 49ers offensive coordinator decides life on the west coast is to his liking, would there be other names the team would consider?
Jon Gruden, as reported on NFL.com, is interested in possibly getting back into the professional coaching ranks. In the story from Gregg Rosenthal, the situation would have to be the right one. We all know Gruden loves quarterbacks and a passer like Blaine Gabbert, whom he could retool, could entice Gruden from the ESPN football booth.
Shad Khan Will Start over
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Khan, who stated last Monday when he fired Gene Smith as general manager, is committed to bringing a Super Bowl Championship to Jacksonville.
Khan adopted a team that was short on talent and a team that did not do much to improve itself in the offseason.
New offseason, new chance to rebuild. The defensive and offensive lines need serious help. The pass rush was weak. Jeremy Mincey did not live up to his new contract. The middle of the line was not as solid.
The Jaguars defense was a top 6 defense in 2011, but the numbers were misleading. The 2012 defense, under Mel Tucker, was a truer representation of how this team played, which wasn't very strong.
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Maybe the biggest question the team will have to answer.
Will Tim Tebow be in Black and Teal in 2013? Khan has stated that he wants Tebow on the team and the Jaguars had two opportunities to acquire the hometown hero this year. They failed in both attempts.
Once Tebow is released by the Jets or once it is known if he will be traded, just how quickly will the Jaguars move to sign him? And once he is signed, does he become the team's starter?
Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne Or....
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Will the team look for another player to stand behind center or take their chances with Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne?
I have a theory if Greg Roman comes across country there is a quarterback sitting on the 49ers bench who may want a fresh start somewhere else.
Alex Smith is an efficient passer who could help run the west coast offense here in Jacksonville. It would also benefit receivers Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.
A little change would do the Jaguars good.