GM Caldwell's decisions on assembling Jaguars staff will be scrutinized

Posted Jan. 12, 2013 @ 2:39 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

The tenure of new Jaguars GM David Caldwell began on a positive note last week, when the Falcons director of player personnel-turned-Jaguars lead decision maker said in no uncertain terms that disgruntled Jets QB Tim Tebow is highly unlikely to become a Jaguar.

The positive is that owner Shad Khan will allow Caldwell to handle the football decisions. One would be hard pressed to find folks from league circles who think acquiring Tebow to compete at the QB position would be a wise football decision.

But the jury will likely be out on Caldwell for roughly the next few years.

That said, there are some major decisions on the horizon, starting with who he will choose to replace former head coach Mike Mularkey.

The Jaguars have requested permission to interview three coordinators: Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman; Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer; Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

The way we hear it, the list is fairly underwhelming, but that could be as much a statement on the overall quality of head-coaching candidates this offseason, we hear.

Nonetheless, Roman has strong ties to Caldwell from their college days together at John Carroll. Another former John Carroll classmate, Falcons area scout and former Colts GM Chris Polian, has reportedly been mentioned as a possible addition to the Jaguars’ front office.

The way we hear it, it is a fine line between surrounding one’s self with people they are comfortable with and building a staff with college buddies.

Both men might be great candidates, but it is worth noting that Roman nor Polian has received much interest elsewhere this offseason.