The Jacksonville Jaguars shocked nobody on Black Monday when they decided to relieve general manager Gene Smith after a 2-14 season.
Smith, who had been with the Jaguars organization since the inception of the franchise as a scout before he took over as GM, was the last holdover from the regime of previous owner Wayne Weaver. New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan wasted no time this week going out and interviewing candidates to replace Smith.
Jaguars fans have discovered the tail number of Khan’s private jet and have been tracking his process across the country this week, but Atlanta Falcons personnel director Dave Caldwell is the only candidate that Khan has interviewed twice.
According to reports, Caldwell is now the favorite to land the Jaguars general manager position and was extremely impressive in his two interviews. However, in the interest of being thorough, Khan reportedly does not plan on making a decision until early next week.
Caldwell was promoted to Falcons personnel director last year after serving for four years as the team’s director of college scouting. He also has experience as a scout with both the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.
The interesting thing to consider if the Jaguars decide to hire Caldwell is the fact that he worked with current Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey in Atlanta. Khan has said that he plans on leaving Mularkey’s fate in the hands of whomever he chooses to take over as general manager, but would Caldwell’s familiarity with Mularkey help the embattled coach keep his job?