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Jaguars Fire GM D.Caldwell

Per Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired general manager Dave Caldwell. Caldwell was hired in 2013, and took a team that had gone 2-14 the year prior to a 10-6 record and an appearance in the conference championship game in 2017. Then he promptly tore that team apart, leaving the Jaguars with whatever the hell it is they have now. A new GM will be hired, with the first priority being to find a quarterback with what will almost certainly be a top-five pick in the draft. 

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7 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2020, 10:45am

1 Some reports I'm reading…

Some reports I'm reading suggest Coughlin had final say on personnel when he was there, making the 2016-19 roster changes a reflection of Coughlin, rather than Caldwell.

I guess Khan disagrees.

 

3 Abortles

Then he promptly tore that team apart, leaving the Jaguars with whatever the hell it is they have now.

This is a perfectly fair résumé, and yet I wonder what would have been the optimal path to follow. Your team gets to the championship game based on a top-ranked pass defense, but we know pass defense regresses more ferociously than anything else from one year to the next, and your best defender, Calais Campbell, is over 30 years old. You have a Bortles at QB. Everything else about the team is average or a bit worse. You predictably finish 5-11 the following season after a 3-1 start. Don't you have to blow the team up, really?

4 but we know pass defense…

In reply to by ammek

but we know pass defense regresses more ferociously than anything else from one year to the next

That's the trend, but it's not universally true or a predetermined fate. Baltimore and Pittsburgh seem like they've had good to great pass defenses for ages, and Denver and Chicago are close. You can build around defense if you do it intelligently.

6 Not great

Steelers' pass defense was 21st in DVOA in 2018, 9th in 2017, 15th in 2015 and again in 2016, 31st in 2014, 20th in 2013, 14th in 2012. That's mostly average to bad. It's true that it doesn't seem to be so long since Pittsburgh had a great defense, but I fear time and reputation are playing tricks on us.

*For some reason, the stats page for team defense in 2016 is showing each line twice when I look at it. I don't know if this is a problem at my end or on the database.

5 It would appear that Khan at…

It would appear that Khan at least had the wisdom to let Marrone play out the string and fire him at the end of the season.

7 Or not fire him, but leave…

Or not fire him, but leave it up to the new GM. 

And THAT will be the first order of business for the new GM.  I thought Marrone was a pretty good coach in his earlier stops, but he's looked overmatched, and worse, clueless since he's been in Jacksonville.  Of course, he may just have partially checked out due to other issues.