The Jacksonville Jaguars owner is certainly being thorough when it comes to the process of hiring his next general manager.
Shahid Khan has been busy for the last week since firing previous general manager Gene Smith following a 2-14 season, flying across the country and interviewing at least four candidates to replace Smith. One candidate in particular, however, has seemed to catch the eye of Khan as he traveled around the country. Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell is reportedly meeting with Khan for the third time on Monday, making him the overwhelming favorite to land the Jaguars GM job.
Caldwell has been with the Falcons for the past five seasons and has been an integral part of the front office that helped turn that franchise into a consistent playoff contender under Thomas Dimitroff. Much like the outgoing GM in Jacksonville, Caldwell cut his teeth in the league as a scout with the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts before rising up the ranks with the Falcons.
Most expect Khan to make his decision early this week, so I expect the Jaguars to announce the hire of Caldwell no later than Tuesday.
Caldwell will have an important decision to make as soon as he is hired in terms of current Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey worked with Caldwell in Atlanta when he was their offensive coordinator, but that connection does not necessarily mean that Mularkey is going to keep his job. Caldwell apparently favors one of his college buddies, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, for the head coaching job if he becomes the Jaguars GM.