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Jaguars fans, rejoice: Tebow won't be your QB in 2013.
Hire David Caldwell as general manager
Wow. You want to talk about “winning a press conference"? Watch David Caldwell’s introduction to the Jacksonville media last Thursday. It was, in a word, epic.
How can you not love a guy who tells Jacksonville that he “can’t imagine” a scenario in which Tim Tebow would be a Jaguar in 2013?
Caldwell, a highly respected Atlanta Falcons executive, was a sought-after commodity in the weeks after Black Monday, most notably by the Jets, who reportedly offered Caldwell nothing short of “the house” to come and run the show.
I didn’t love his decision to fire coach Mike Mularkey, but I understood it: New general managers will almost always want to hire their own man.
Given Caldwell’s track record in Atlanta, I believe the Jaguars made the right hire, and he can help turn their franchise around.
Hire Gus Bradley as head coach
Gus Bradley, the former Seahawks defensive coordinator, became a highly sought-after commodity in the past few days, as reports stated that the Eagles would have hired him if they hadn't swayed Chip Kelly to leave Oregon. Once Philadelphia inked Kelly, Caldwell and the Jaguars wasted no time in bringing Bradley to Jacksonville and making him their next head coach.
Bradley coached a Seattle defense that had a dominant run down the stretch of the season. The Seahawks D finished the season ranked fourth overall, and impressed as the team reached the divisional round of the playoffs.
I like the hire for Jacksonville. Bradley and Caldwell, much like Telesco and McCoy in San Diego, represent a young, energetic duo that will re-energize a jaded fanbase.
The Jaguars rebuild won't happen overnight; there are too many holes on both sides of the ball. But, I trust that Bradley will get the defense in order, and sooner rather than later.
Bradley's first move as head coach might be his most important: hiring a quality offensive coordinator. The Jaguars offense was nothing short of an abomination in 2012, and they must receive better production from the quarterback position. That hire could end up making or breaking Bradley. I'm betting that he'll succeed.